Discovery of

the Precious

Welcome to Dürnstein Abbey!

2019 marked the beginning of a new phase in the fascinating history of Dürnstein Abbey. We, the Augustinian Canons of Herzogenburg Abbey, as the owners of Dürnstein Abbey have worked with the State of Lower Austria and the Friends’ Association to create a new museum landscape, opening up a new approach to this landmark of the Wachau Valley.

Dürnstein Abbey is a baroque jewel. Here Provost Hieronymus Übelbacher (1710–1740) succeeded brilliantly in translating the spirit and faith of his time into the language of architecture.

With its newly designed exhibition, we invite you to immerse yourself in the spirit and ideas that underlie the construction of Dürnstein Abbey and to contemplate the meaning of ‘the Good – the Beautiful – the True’.



Guided Tours

Guided tours in German language daily at 11:00 and 14:00 hrs. It is highly recommended to sign-up early or to book online.

Audioguides in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish available at all times. If you book online you save € 0,50 per audioguide.

Church Services

Every Sunday and public holiday a church service will take place, certain safety precautions apply:

  • 8.15 a.m., parish church of Loiben
  • 9.30 a.m., abbey church Dürnstein

A Short History

This history of Dürnstein Abbey begins in 1372 with the consecration of a Mary Chapel paid for by Elisabeth von Kuenring. In 1410, Augustinian Canons were brought to Dürnstein from Wittingau in Bohemia and the expanded building complex was established as a monastery. Over the course of the fifteenth century, the canons constructed the church, priory and cloister.

300 years after the monastery was founded, Hieronymus Übelbacher was elected Provost. He was in charge of the baroque renovations and oversaw the new artistic concept.

The Abbey Church, which has been a parish church since 1745, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary’s assumption into Heaven (patronal festival: 15 August). The tower of the Abbey Church, which dates to 1733, is the most elegant building in the entire complex. With its striking blue and white colours, it has become the landmark of the Wachau Valley.

Many monasteries were dissolved during the reign of Emperor Joseph II. This fate befell Dürnstein Abbey on 7 January 1788. The Abbey was dissolved and given as a parish to the Augustinian Canons of Herzogenburg Abbey, who still own it today.

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