Kindergartens and schools

For children and young people, Klosterneuburg Monastery offers a variety of options for getting to know the many facets of the monastery. These options are highlighted in newly developed guided tours for school classes, which can also be booked by other groups. Specials for children, such as the Kids’ Audio Guide and several hands-on activities, make a visit to the monastery even more enjoyable for families.

School groups

The Klosterneuburg Monastery of today is a unique work of art combining mediaeval, baroque and historicist building substance and accommodating art treasures of world-wide fame ranging over 900 years. Moreover, as in the past the monastery is still a centre of religious worship, social commitment and economic activities. Here, history comes alive. Together with our team of experienced art experts the school students embark on discovery trips through the winding corridors and splendid rooms of the monastery and become familiar with works of art from mediaeval times to the present.

The highlighted themes of the Babenbergs and Habsburgs are adapted to the respective age group. The dialogue tours can be organised as of 1 January 2015 daily 9 am – 6 pm (winter season: 10 am – 5 pm).

Duration: approximately 90 minutes, price € 6 per school student, min. 10 school students, free admission for accompanying adults.

Please let us know which school class or age group of nursery children will be visiting; our cultural expert team will gladly adapt the tour for that specific age group.

Information and booking:
Phone: +432243/411-212
tours@stift-klosterneuburg.at

NOTE: Please book well in advance for guided tours of school classes before St. Leopold’s day! During the time of “Fasslrutschen” (sliding over a huge barrel), only a limited number of tours can be booked for the mornings.

 

Guided school tours through the exhibition of the year

For our exhibitions of the year, we also organise guided adventure tours for school groups.

2016: “All the world in a hat. The Austrian Archducal Hat celebrates its jubilee”

(primary, new secondary, junior secondary schools; ages 6–14)

 

PRIMARY SCHOOLS (ages 6–10)

The Babenbergs

Leopold and Agnes, a very special couple

The children hear the history and stories surrounding St. Leopold and Margravine Agnes in their original settings. 900 years of history are made understandable and brought to life in a playful way. The round tour criss-crosses the mediaeval monastery – all the way to the impressive Babenberg family tree in the monastery museum and, as a highlight, even to the Treasure Chamber, where Agnes’ veil is still preserved today.

Highlights

  • Babenberg castle
  • Agnes’ candelabrum and St. Leopold’s Chapel in the cloister
  • Babenberg family tree in the monastery museum
  • Veil Monstrance, Agnes’ veil and margravial textiles in the Treasure Chamber

 

The Habsburgs

Red bows and a magnificent hat

The schoolchildren climb the imperial staircase up to the private apartments of the Emperor Charles VI – then off they go on the hunt for hidden stories in the imperial rooms. The aim is to discover many details and follow the trail of a great family for whom Klosterneuburg Monastery has always been a very special place. The tour leads from the stone giants in the Sala Terrena, through the magnificent Imperial Rooms, all the way to the Archducal Hat in the Treasure Chamber.

Highlights

  • Baroque construction site of the Sala Terrena
  • Austrian Escorial project
  • Marble Hall with cupola fresco by Daniel Gran
  • Imperial Rooms with allegorical stucco features
  • Austrian Archducal Hat in the Treasure Chamber

Guided school tours of the 2016 exhibition:

All the world in a hat. The Austrian Archducal Hat celebrates its jubilee.

Hat or crown? In addition to clerical insignia, the Monastery also preserves the Austrian Archducal Hat, the official crown of the Archduchy of Austria. What makes this Hat a holy crown, and in what ways is it different from other crowns? In the exhibition, dioramas illustrate the various stopping places of the inaugurational homage ceremony, for which the Archducal Hat was taken to Vienna in a festive procession.

Highlights

  • Historical Treasure Chamber with the Austrian Archducal Hat
  • Baroque crozier and mitres as examples of clerical insignia
  • Marble Hall with cupola fresco by Daniel Gran

 

JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL (ages 11–14)

The Babenbergs

The whispering branches of a spreading tree

Fascinated by the richly detailed depictions on the wall-sized panel painting of the Babenberg family tree, the schoolchildren set out on a hunt for traces of the lives of individual Babenberg men and women. The round tour spans the whole story – from the tale of the birth of Austria, the important role played by Agnes in the founding of the Monastery and the legend of the creation of the Austrian flag, to the dying out of the Babenbergs with Frederick the Quarrelsome. So many margraves and margravines, dukes and duchesses. How on earth is one supposed to remember all their names? Tricks may help us here. The guided tour encourages young visitors to look at things closely and playfully offers them the chance to get an overview of an important part of Austrian history.

Highlights

  • Babenberg family tree in the monastery museum
  • Cupola fresco showing Leopold V., in the Marble Hall
  • Veil Monstrance, Agnes’ veil and margravial textiles in the Treasure Chamber
  • St. Leopold’s Chapel in the cloister

 

The Habsburgs

Mighty magnificence

The school children trace the story of a monastery palace project that was never finished. They discover the multi-layered messages hidden behind the gigantic architecture and magnificent interior design. Together, they decipher the great ceiling fresco and discover many details in the pictures and stucco features. What does this splendid display signify, and how does the Church connect itself to the State here? The closing highlight is the Archducal Hat in the Treasure Chamber, the crown of the Archduchy of Austria, which was created and revered as a “symbol of the unity of the hereditary lands of Austria”.

Highlights

  • Baroque construction site of the Sala Terrena
  • Austrian Escorial project
  • Marble Hall with cupola fresco by Daniel Gran
  • Imperial Rooms with allegorical stucco features
  • Austrian Archducal Hat in the Treasure Chamber

 

Guided school tours of the 2016 exhibition:

All the world in a hat. The Austrian Archducal Hat celebrates its birthday

Hat or crown? In addition to clerical insignia, the Monastery also preserves the Austrian Archducal Hat, the official crown of the Archduchy of Austria. What makes this Hat a holy crown, and in what ways is it different from other crowns? In the exhibition, dioramas illustrate the various stopping places of the inaugurational homage ceremony, for which the Archducal Hat was taken to Vienna in a festive procession.

Highlights

  • Historical Treasure Chamber with the Austrian Archducal Hat
  • Baroque crozier and mitres as examples of clerical insignia
  • Marble Hall with cupola fresco by Daniel Gran

 

Senior secondary school (ages 15-18)

The Babenbergs

Branching – marrying – networking

The coming into being of Austria under the Babenbergs is the central theme of this round tour. What were the duties of a margrave? Exactly how did the Babenbergs manage to expand their sphere of influence and the territory under their dominion? What was the role of the Babenberg women in this process? Starting from the monumental panel paintings of the Babenberg family tree, the school students set out on a quest to discover traces of the most important representatives of this ruling dynasty and their “mise-en-scène” in sculptures, fresco paintings and glass paintings in the mediaeval area of the Monastery, and also in the Baroque Imperial Wing.

Highlights

  • Babenberg family tree in the Monastery museum
  • Cupola fresco showing Leopold V., in the Marble Hall
  • Babenberg castle
  • Agnes’ candelabrum and St. Leopold’s Chapel in the cloister
  • Veil Monstrance, Agnes’ veil and margravial textiles in the Treasure Chamber

The Habsburgs

The Austrian Escorial und its art treasures

This round tour elucidates the historical importance which Klosterneuburg Monastery possessed for the imperial Habsburg family as a sacred place within their dominions. Starting from the baroque brick shell, the school students analyse the architecture and design of the “Austrian Escorial”. The actual role of the Archducal Hat as crown of Austria and as a “symbol of the unity of the Austrian hereditary lands” will be examined, as well as the role of the deed of endowment. The complex ceiling fresco “The Glory of the House of Austria” by Daniel Gran in the Marble Hall will be jointly deciphered, as well as the location of the imperial oratory in the monastery church, where the Habsburg rulers attended Mass.

Highlights

  • Baroque construction site of the Sala Terrena
  • Austrian Escorial project
  • Marble Hall with cupola fresco by Daniel Gran
  • Imperial Rooms with allegorical stucco features
  • Austrian Archducal Hat in the Treasure Chamber
  • Baroque monastery church and imperial oratory

 

ADDITIONAL THEMED TOURS

In addition to the tours especially designed for children and young people, we are happy to offer you our general themed tours for school groups (Link Führungsangebot). Duration: approx. 60 min, price: € 4 per school child, min. 10 school children; free admission for accompanying adults

 

Kindergarten groups (ages 4-6)

In their diversity, the round tours to the original settings make it possible for the children to establish a playful first contact with the overpowering Monastery, while their independent thinking is encouraged. The children sharpen their perception with searching games and learn how to describe their sensory impressions.

All around my hat

The Austrian Archducal Hat celebrates its birthday

There once was a crown, but it was never worn on anyone’s head … Stories and games accompany the search for various crowns and the real Archducal Hat, which is a very special coronet. It was made of gold, precious stones, pearls and fur. In the Treasure Chamber we eventually get to see this marvellous crown and count its richly decorated spikes.

Highlights

  • Treasure Chamber with the Austrian Archducal Hat
  • Baroque crozier and bishop’s mitre
  • Crown search in the Marble Hall

 

Duration: approx. 90 minutes, price € 6 per child, min. 10 children, free admission for accompanying adults

Information and booking:
Phone: +432243/411-212
tours@stift-klosterneuburg.at

Instructions for children to make their own Archducal Hat are available.
Groups registered in advance can use our monastery’s art studio for a DIY crown-making session.