Schottenstift – Schottenkloster Vienna

Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady to the Scots

The Benedictine monastery Schottenstift with the real name “Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady to the Scots” or colloquially called Schottenkloster, is located in the 1st district in Vienna. It was founded in 1155 when the Duke Henry II Jasomirgott Benedictine monks ordered to Vienna. Since 1625, the monastery belongs to the Austrian Benedictine Congregation.

Schottenstift Vienna

The Koster Romanesque chapel is the oldest part of the church. It is located in the entrance area of the Benedictine House. Her sacral space is known for its meditative charisma. When a tower of the church collapsed in 1638 it was clear that a redesign and reconstruction of the church was necessary. In the years 1830 to 1880 the building was renovated and rebuilt. A special sightseeing highlight is the museum in the Schottenstift.

the schottenstift (english: scottish abbey) is a roman catholic monastery founded in vienna in 1155, austria
Schottenstift © borisb17 /

Stop and rest in the guest house

The Schottenstift operates – according to the tradition of the Rule of Benedict – since 1980 a guesthouse: In the Benediktushaus in the Schottenstift guests can experience monastery feeling in the middle of the city – silence and retreat amidst the urban bustle.

freyung square with scottish abbey and benedictine monastery with guesthouse in old city centre of vienna, austria
Stiftskirche Schottenstift © tasfoto /

Pastoral care, music and services in the Schottenstift

The Schottenstift is known for its high commitment to the community: not only worship and religious and seasonal festivals are celebrated. There are also special monastery offers for youth and students, seniors rounds, collections for the needy, flea markets and much more – as well as organ music concerts and many other cultural and artistic events throughout the year.

360 degree interior view of the collegiate church:

Arrival and location of the building of the Schottenklosters

Address: Freyung 6, 1010 Wien
Public access: Subway line U2 – stations “Rathaus” or “Schottentor”, trams 1, 37, 38, 40 to 44, 71, D – station “Schottentor” / “Schottenring”

Further information about the Benedictine monastery in the heart of Vienna.