VIENNA — Klosterneuburg

Klosterneuburg is a small village 13 kilometres north of Vienna along the Danube. It is a popular day trip from the city and contains a large Augustinian monastery and art museum.

The sights found here are:
Stift Klosterneuburg
Sammlung Essl

Stift Klosterneuburg

Stift Klosterneuburg
On a hill rising directly from the banks of the Danube stands the huge Augustian Abbey founded in 1114 by Saint Leopold III of Babenberg, the patron saint of Austria. This order is one of the oldest and richest of its kind in Austria and owns most of the land in the north-western suburbs of Vienna. The main highlights include St Leopold’s chapel dating from 1318 and its Verdun Altar, dating from the 12th century with its simply magnificent Medieval enamel work. Other highlights include the treasury and relic-chamber, the library with 30,000 volumes and numerous manuscripts, the picture gallery, the collection of coins and the theological hall. The monastery also has a winery which is around 900 years and is one of the oldest and largest wine estates in Austria.
For information about Stift Klosterneuburg visit the website at: http://www.stift-klosterneuburg.at/

Sammlung Essl
This art gallery and museum is housed in a striking building designed by Heinz Tesar and houses Austria’s largest private collection of modern art. The gallery is named after Agnes and Karlheinz Essl who were collectors of contemporary art from the 20th and 21st. centuries and built the gallery to show their collection. There are more than 5000 exhibits with lots of different styles of this era included. There are special exhibitions put on here several times throughout the year by international guest curators. The collection includes works by Arnulf Rainer, Sam Francis, Maria Lassnig, Antoni Tapiès, Hermann Nitsch, Günther Brus, Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpert, Gerhard Richter, Siegfried Anzinger, Peter Kogler, Sean Scully, Per Kirkeby and Elke Krystufek. Recently, the collection has been enlarged to include photographs, videos and sculpture from Franz West, Nam June Paik, Shirin Neshat, Cindy Sherman and Jannis Kounellis.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.sammlung-essl.at/index_e.htm