In 1293 the market town of Engelhartszell, founded by the famous Bishop Wernhard von Prabach from Passau ("Cella Angelorum" means angel´s monastery), was first mentioned as a "lovely place of recreation for body and mind".
Today the former Cistercian Abbey of Engelszell is Austria´s only Trappist monastery. A permanent exhibition, "Trappist monks in Austria for 70 years", shows their life and work. The abbey is famous for its excellent liqueur and cheese products.
Engelhartszell is rich in history and boasts a whole range of cultural highlights: the Abbey Church (among Austria´s most authentic Rococo buildings), the Baroque-style Parish Church, the imperial Toll Gate and the Energie AG culture center, the 400-year old black smithy and the picturesque buildings in the town center.
The little hamlet of Stadl, located at 720 m above sea level, is embedded in the foothills of the Haugstein mountain (895 m) and known as the highest town of the entire Innviertel region. A highlight not to be missed: the traditional Stations of the Cross Procession held every year in summer.
Cultural and tourist highlights amid unspoilt nature!
The "Engelhartszell Donau Welt" is a fantastic exhibition on the market town´s history influenced by the Danube river. Get to know everything about old traditions, the region´s life and economy, the Danube shipping companies and water power stations. The giant exhibition comprises the Jochstein power station, featuring an information and research center on energy industry, and the marvelous "Haus am Strom" water adventure world. Guided tours of the Donau World, the water power station, the water adventure world and the Engelszell Abbey are available on prior arrangement.
Engelhartszell boasts a great number of cultural highlights, concerts, music festivals ("European Weeks"), performances in the castle, exhibitions, lectures and theater performances. Spend active holidays amid unspoilt nature and choose from a wide range of sports and activities, such as cycling on the famous Danube cycling trail, boat riding from Passau to Linz, hiking to the ultimate "Trout Circus", walking along the "Smugglers´ Trail" or across the Kößlbachtal nature preserve, horseback riding, fishing, playing tennis, bowling, asphalt curling, swimming in the outdoor pool or enjoying unforgettable campsite holidays.
Relax and unwind in our cozy accommodations, let us spoil you with an infinite variety of culinary delights and fine Austrian wines. We are looking forward to welcoming you soon!