Mariazell is Located in the Vienna Woods ...
… and has existed for more than 900 years. Decades before the famous Styrian Mariazell was founded, there was already a monastery of the same name in the southern Vienna Woods.
Originally founded as the "Cell of St. Mary", this once powerful Benedictine monastery later bore the proud name of "Mariazell in Austria". It was not until the 19th century that it became today's “Klein-Mariazell”. We can rightly say today that Mariazell is (also) in the Vienna Woods!
In the course of its history the monastery determined the development of the southern Vienna Woods and the Triestingtal , it played a decisive role and left behind a fascinating cultural and sacred landscape, which to this day is one of the most impressive cultural heritage sites of the country.
It includes no less than seven churches from different eras, ruins, numerous old town houses and impressive evidence of everyday rural culture in the form of old historical courtyards, embedded in a gorgeous natural landscape.
The new cultural region “Mariazell im Wienerwald” is now being made accessible and presented in its cultural wealth to interested visitors. The association and GesmbH “Mariazell im Wienerwald” are dealing with special challenges to preserve and make accessible the entire existing cultural and natural heritage of the region for present and future generations. that
The association and non-profit company “Mariazell im Wienerwald” were founded in order to present the rich cultural heritage of the former Benedictine monastery to the public in a contemporary way and to make it accessible to the public. Both are supported by the voluntary commitment of their members and they cooperate intensively in their activities with the responsible state (municipality, state of Lower Austria) and church bodies (parishes, archdiocese of Vienna).