Trappist Stift Engelszell was established in 1293 as a Cistercian monastery by Bernhard of Prambach, Bishop of Passau. Dissolved in 1786 during a period of radical social and political upheaval in Europe. Refugee monks expelled from their own Abbey in Oelenberg, Alsace, France during World War I re-established the monastery in 1925. In 1930, it was elevated to Abbey under the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O “Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae”). St.Engelszell as the currently sole Trappist Monastery in the country of Austria is situated in Upper Austria alongside the river Danube which has carved its way deep into the rocky hills of this sparsely populated area. St.Engelszell is Member of the International Trappist Association (ITA).