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Nestled in the verdant Upper Austrian countryside, just a few kilometers from Linz, Wilhering Abbey is home to one of Austria’most beautiful churches.

The history of Wilhering Abbey

Founded in 1146 under the Cistercian rule, Wilhering Abbey’s monastery was completed in just four years, and the abbey church erected in 1185.

In 1733, a vast fire almost entirely destroyed the monastery, and the church was rebuilt in the midst of the Rococo fever, making it a shining example of this architectural style.

L'abbaye de Wilhering, en Autriche
The abbey church

Immerse yourself in rococo splendor

A jewel of lavish Rococo decoration, Wilhering Abbey boasts an extremely rich and overloaded interior. Not a square centimeter seems to be covered by a single painting or sculpture!

Yet it’s hard not to be dazzled by this sumptuous setting.

L'abbaye de Wilhering, en Autriche
L’abbaye de Wilhering, un joyau du rococo autrichien 5

How to visit Wilhering Abbey

The abbey is not open to visitors, but the church is open to the public free of charge.

Linzer Str. 4, Wilhering

 Opening hours:
April to October: the abbey is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Sundays and public holidays from 9:30am to 5pm, closed on Mondays.
November to March: Thursday to Saturday 11am to 4pm, Sundays and public holidays 9:30am to 4pm, closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 Price: Admission to the abbey church and gardens is free. Paid guided tours are available in German and English.

 Access from Linz :
By bus: the journey takes around 8 minutes, but buses run infrequently, so plan ahead and check the return times. You can check timetables and buy tickets on the ” OÖVV ” app. A return ticket costs just €6.
By cab: €25 one-way from central Linz.
By bike: about 45 minutes.

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