Stift Millstatt


Apart from Lake Millstatt itself, the town's main attraction is its Romanesque Benedictine abbey, founded in 1070. This pretty complex consists of a moderately interesting Stiftsmuseum, the attractive 11th-century abbey church, a graveyard, and abbey buildings south of the church with lovely yards and arcades. If you walk downhill along Stiftsgasse from the church, you'll see on the left a 1000-year-old lime tree. The abbey grounds and magnificent arcades and cloisters are free.

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1. Stiftsmuseum

0.02 MILES

The just-about-worthwhile Stiftsmuseum, within the Stift Millstatt, contains everything from documentation of the town’s history to reliquaries and a…

3. Goldeck

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5. Porsche Museum Helmut Pfeifhofer

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6. Alpine Garden

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7. Museum der Stadt Villach

18.51 MILES

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8. St Nikolai-Kirche

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