The picturesque setting of Maria Waldrast Abbey, in a place of great beauty on foot of lofty Serles Peak and south of Innsbruck is peaceful and unspoilt. It is a place of peace and reflection, but also houses a guesthouse serving excellent traditional food. The abbey has a number of rooms available for those who wish to stay the night.
Maria Waldrast is one of Tirol’s oldest Virgin Mary's pilgrimage sites. In 1407, two young herdsmen found a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary on the site of today’s abbey. This was taken as a sign to build a chapel on the very place. The construction of today’s pilgrimage church began in the year 1622. That makes the abbey of the Servite Order one of the oldest places of pilgrimage in Tirol and one of the highest anywhere in Europe. Lying at an elevation of 1,641 meters above sea level, Maria Waldrast is a place beyond words and far from the rush of 21st century life; a place where one can come to terms with nature at her most benevolent. Pause for a rest, and refuel with culinary delicacies served at the friendly inn of the abbey. You can even spend the night here, which makes the inn a popular base for those wanting to conquer the summit of 2,718-meter Serles Peak. Maria Waldrast can be easily reached by car from Matrei am Brenner.