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Monastery of St. Johann in Müstair

Devotion, contemplation and offering assistance to travellers: this statement of purpose, preserved from 1,200 years ago, defines the character of the Benedictine Monastery of St. Johann right down to the present day. Today, the nuns still live and work in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. They offer places in the guest house for people who want to treat themselves to a period of retreat or a week of fasting: to decelerate the pace of their lives, inside a World Heritage place. The monastery, which was founded in 775, particularly owes its World Heritage listing to a unique cycle of murals from the Carolingian period. These frescoes were created around the year 800 and they made the monastery church famous far beyond the borders of Switzerland.

Getting there

From Chur, take the Rhaetian railway via Landquart-Klosters through the Vereina Tunnel to Sagliains, where a regional train brings you to Zernez. From there take the post bus across the Ofen Pass to Müstair, directly in front of the monastery. Total travelling time: 3 hours.

Opening times and prices for the monastery

Tip: stay overnight in the monastery or in the “Maiensäss” spring pasture cabin

The Monastery of St. Johann in Müstair accommodates in its guesthouse, those who want to withdraw from the stresses of everyday life and enjoy several days of contemplation. Several times a year, there are professionally run Fasting Weeks offered in the monastery. The spring pasture hut of the monastery, high above the Val Müstair with views across the Müstair Valley as far as the Vinschgau in South Tyrol, can also be rented for such stays.

Find out more about taking a time-out break in the Monastery of St. Johann

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