Cistercienserinnen-Abtei Lichtenthal

Cistercienserinnen-Abtei Lichtenthal

Cistercienserinnen-Abtei Lichtenthal
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Calgarytraveller2
Calgary, Canada570 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I'm sorry to say this was not an enjoyable overnight stay and we would not recommend tourists stay here. We were enticed by the idea of staying in a beautiful sanctuary, as well as the cheaper price compared to hotels in Baden Baden. However, this is a working abbey, not a hotel catering to the comfort of its guests. We arrived almost to the minute of when we had said we would arrive, only to find the "office" (the bookstore, if I remember right) closed up tight with no note or indication of what we were supposed to do. We spent the next 2 hours sitting on a bench in the blazing sun trying to figure out what to do. Apparently the nun who was supposed to give us the key had closed up early to attend a church service. We were eventually able to track down instructions on how to get into our room, but by then it was too late to get anything to eat for supper (we would have to go outside the gates to find a restaurant and the gates closed at 8:00 pm - no admittance to the grounds after that time). The room was stifling hot and had very basic, uncomfortable beds. The church was locked up so we didn't get to see it. There was a nice breakfast the next day but it didn't make up for the uncomfortable sleep.
Written 16 April 2024
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g00dappetite
Amsterdam, The Netherlands153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
The serenity of this Abbey is felt in the lodgings - with hearty healthy breakfast - which it offers. Just a - beautiful - stroll yonder from the centre of Baden-Baden; along the Lichtenthal Allee, a meandering path along fields with beautiful flowers, and majestic trees, alongside the river.
The café serves excellent tea and cakes and more. Recommended!
Written 9 August 2019
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Geoff W
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Fantastic place to stop and chill. Very historic and i think this is also a spiritual retreat. Well worth coming to and has a lovely historic Church to explore
Written 28 July 2019
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Paulina V
Los Angeles, CA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
A lovely place at the end of the long beautiful walk. I recommend visiting - though when I arrived unfortunately the chapel was closed.
Written 22 November 2018
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southerntraveller49
Andalucia, Spain948 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
This is a interesting place to go around, especially in Baden-Baden which is a beautiful city but perhaps too new to have outstanding old monuments. It´s located on the outskirts of town, but I don´t think it´s more than a 30-minute walk from the city centre, all the way along Lichtentaler Park. From the road, you´ll see an arch that leads to a big yard circled by all the buildings of the complex. The church is old, austere but attractive, with some remarkable statues and tombs, and all this quiet place affords a feeling of relax. There are also a monastery and some other complementary venues, including a cafeteria.
Written 29 October 2018
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JohnUK
London, UK1,097 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
Walked from town to visit the peaceful chapel. It was very dark inside but atmospheric. I imagine in the summer it might get busy.
Written 1 February 2018
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Christine M
Canton of Basel, Switzerland46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
We walked here along the Lichtentaler Allee. You can visit the church and there is a small gift shop that sells goods made by the sisters. Lovely courtyard and there is a cafe as well. Nice place to visit.
Written 9 February 2017
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,879 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
The Cistercian nunnery “Lichtenthal Abbey” is in the town of Baden-Baden (Germany) at about 25 minutes walk from the city center.
It’s a very interesting ensemble formed by several abbey and domestic buildings standing around a quiet and pleasant triangular courtyard with a fountain in the middle. For acceding to the courtyard one must go through an impressive gateway dating back from the eighteenth century. Among the said buildings the religious ones are the abbey church, the Prince’s Chapel and the hermit chapel. There is also an interesting museum.
In the Gothic abbey church there are some remarkable works of art and furnishings. It’s a single nave church in gothic style. The stated works are particularly a crucifix hanging from the vault, a colourfully painted stone pulpit, a predominant statue of the Virgin with the Child, a small statue of flagellated Christ at a niche in a wall and artful carved choir stalls. The stained-glass windows are also very nice especially those in the choir.
The Prince’s Chapel, built in the thirteenth century, was destined to serve as the burial place for the Margraves of Baden. They were the Holy Roman Empire military commanders. Margravine Irmengard is also buried in that church next to her husband’s – Hermann V – grave.
The hermit chapel is used as a mortuary chapel for the nuns.
Only the yard and the abbey church are freely accessible. As to the visit to the Prince’s Chapel and the museum it’s necessary to be taken on a guided tour. The tour timetable is rather untimely actually. The tour takes place only three days a week at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Despite that inconvenience, it’s worth visiting the place and enjoying the peace which can be felt in the courtyard. Besides, the walk from the city center to Lichtenthal is also worthwhile particularly because when strolling the shortest way along the Lichtentaller Allee one goes past two other interesting churches in Baden-Baden: the Russian Orthodox Church and the Evangelische Lutherkirche which, should the occasion arise, could also be visited.
Written 31 January 2017
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Noele W
Delran, NJ7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
My friend and I visited Baden Baden on a weekday back in early October and took this tour. This is an absolutely beautiful place to visit if you are a history lover. However - only go if you do not mind being ridiculed (if you are from the USA).

Our tour guide was a very well spoken, intelligent, and well versed older woman who advised us she had not spoken English for 50 years. She warned us the tour would not be in English because she could not speak it. That was completely fine with my friend and I as we were there to see and soak in the magnificent history of Baden Baden. The tour started out nicely until our guide began saying a few strikingly mean things about my friend and I (who are American) in English to us. One thing that stands out in my mind is a story she was telling the crowd in German about Queen Victoria. I know this because she had no problem telling us in English that we would not care to hear this story because we are Americans and only care about American history – to be specific we only care about things like the story of the Kennedys. I was in shock when she told us this, and nicely let her know that – no – we do care about all history – and would love to know more about what you have to say about Queen Victoria (especially now since you can obviously speak English quite clearly). Still, she refused, saying that we don’t care. What can you say to that? From that point on we continued to enjoy the beauty around us and take as many pictures as we could – and of course read up on the history after the tour because we in fact DO care about the history there. So again, lovely place to see – but if you get the same tour guide we did and are American– brace yourself and enjoy the comments!
Written 26 October 2015
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MademoiselleMaupin
London, UK41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
We've come here often to enjoy a coffee at the beautiful Café Lumen or simply take a leisurely stroll around the gardens. Today we then also ventured into the shop, where my Mum had the temerity to pick up a book and leaf through it. Just as she was about to take it over to the till to pay, the respectable-looking matron behind the desk barked at her to either purchase the thing or place it back, as my Mum was (apparently) the fifth browser for today, and that she, the matron, needed the book to stay in mint condition - which it was - in case someone actually decided to buy it.

Needless to say, we cleared her hallowed hall before you could have said "Hail Mary", leaving her and her immaculate tome for the delight of browser number 6.

I was going to remark that the Vatican diplomat that had described the Irish referendum outcome as a defeat for humanity had obviously never met her, but then decided not to stoop to her level. It must be punishing enough to just be her. I suppose Jesus loves her, but even he must find the gay spouses-to-be far more likeable.
Written 29 May 2015
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