Many come to the Gesäuse for the scenery. But one of the declared protagonists of the region is culture, with the Benedictine Admont Abbey and the largest abbey library in the world. The grace with its two striking towers can be seen from far and near. Those interested in art history can taste their way from Romanesque to Baroque, for friends of contemporary art the Museum of Contemporary Art provides accents and the Museum of Natural History leaves nothing to be desired.
The marble floor of the library alone puzzles one as the only optical illusion. But there is much more to discover and marvel at in the Abbey Library. (Secret passages, for example!) The main characters are, of course, the 70,000 antiquarian books, some of whose spines have even been painted white for the sake of brightness. Their stories are mostly about theological literature or profane sciences, but many editions of the Bible are also among them. In addition, the manuscript collection provides aha effects.
The largest monastic library hall in the world is also considered the eighth wonder of the world. If you are in Admont, you should not miss this true highlight of baroque architecture. With 70,000 books, ceiling frescoes by Bartolomeo Altomonte and the famous wooden sculptures "The Four Last Things" by Josef Stammel, you can't help but be amazed. Majestically decorated in gold and white, the library is truly unique.
In the Gesäuse, especially in Admont culture is never far away. When your head is really clear from hiking and the wild water, you can fill it again with knowledge and culture - that's where the numerous museums of Admont Abbey come in handy.
This room was planned by the architect Josef Hueber, who took the imperial court library as his model.
The new and unique Gothic permanent exhibition of the Mayer Collection is open to visitors during opening hours.
In 1997 Admont Monastery began to build up its collection of contemporary art.
The Museum of Art History contains important exhibits from Romanesque to Rococo, paintings, sculptures, textiles and many other objects from the paraments.
The Natural History Museum was rebuilt after the devastating monastery fire in 1865 by the only 20-year-old Admont Benedictine Father Gabriel Strobl between 1866 and 1906.
In 1997, the artist Hannes Schwarz donated 24 oil paintings and 68 graphics to Admont Monastery.
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They are rustic and outspoken, the Gesäuse inns. And "regional" is not a code word in the Gesäuse, but a duty. In their backpacks they have a selection of Styrian classics to delight the palate. The traditional preparation awakens a thousand and one memories and, on balance, simply makes you blissful.
And restful sleep is possible in the Gesäuse anyway. Hotels, guesthouses, huts and campsites are scattered all over the Gesäuse. Everyone is sure to find a comfortable bed for the night. That's a promise!
Pictures say more than a thousand words. And before you form your own picture of the Gesäuse, let us seduce you a bit visually. The rest will happen automatically on site. Because the Gesäuse has never left anyone untouched.