Abbazia di Novacella was founded by the blessed bishop Hartmann in 1142 as an Augustinian monastery. Thanks to its monastery school it became one of the most important centre of education and art. In 1742 the monastery was the largest in Tyrol, the Romanesque abbey church of Abbazia di Novacella was redesigned in Baroque style. Unique at Abbazia di Novacella is the round building of Castello dell'Angelo, former hostel and defence facility. The Gothic cloister benefits from valuable frescoes, while the well in the courtyard depicts the wonders of the world. The 8th wonder is said to be Novacella. The Rococo library in Abbazia di Novacella is uniquely beautiful, the Pinacoteca houses medieval paintings by outstanding masters Michael and Friedrich Pacher and Marx Reichlich. The Turkish wall dates back to turbulent times. The mill, water buildings and wine cellar point to the economic importance of the monastery. The area around Abbazia di Novacella is the northernmost winegrowing region of Italy with the well-known white wines Sylvaner, Müller Thurgau and Kerner.
Opening hours:Mon – Sat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individual appointments for groups all year round by reservation. From April 20, 2020 on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. visits without tour.
The historical garden: The historical garden is situated at the entrance to the monastery complex. It reopened in summer 2004 following extensive restoration work.
Guided tours for groups of min. 10 people from early May to mid October every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on reservation.
Abbazia di Novacella is closed on Sundays and Catholic Holidays.
Convention center: The convention center avails modern conference rooms inside its historic cloister walls from the Middle Ages. In addition, the accommodation on offer extends to 26 single and double rooms and creates the perfect link between education and fun. A broad leisure time and framework programme such as wine tastings, guided tours through the cloister and gardens, torch hiking trips, outdoor swimming, biotopes, outdoor exercise trail and the untouched nature around the historically unique building complex rounds up the offer.