Weltenburg Abbey
Weltenburg Abbey
4.5
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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About
Some 5 km south-west of Kelheim, at the gateway to the wild and legend-filled romantic landscape where the River Danube has cut a gorge through the southern reaches of the Franconian Jura, stands the Benedictine Abbey of Weltenburg. While its position on a narrow gravel bank in a bend of the river provided some seclusion, it did not protect the abbey from the ravages of war or allow it to prosper in peace. On the contrary, the location has always been particularly exposed to the adversities of nature, especially flooding and ice drift.
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greenfeet
Maryland456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
An impressive complex which continues to maintain it's original role as a teaching institution. If not worth going out of your way for, it is still quite nice if you're in the area. Besides the architecture and the ornate interiors, they also operate a nice brewery on the grounds.
Written 4 June 2024
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Marina N
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We stopped at the monastery for lunch on the way from Nuremberg to Munich. It was very crowded at the outdoor restaurant. It was a long wait because the waiters were overwhelmed. The food was average. We tried some beer that they brew at the monastery and visited the chapel.
Written 2 December 2022
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Carol G
Dallas43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
We took this optional tour while on our Viking Romantic Danube river cruise and it was the best tour of our whole trip. For Danube Narrows Excursion we took a small ferry and sat on top; views were spectacular. The Narrows is the steepest, narrowest part of the Danube River where it cuts a pass through the mountains. The ferry trip ends at the wonderful Weltenburg Abbey. Very peaceful but small kids will likely be bored. Inside the Abbey, our tour guide (from Viking) explained all the symbolism of the Gothic interior (lowest part of sanctuary very dark because people are sinful, higher up is a bit lighter to show enlightenment, and the top is full of light to represent heaven). Photos are allowed. Highly recommend this excursion.
Written 25 July 2014
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bradwhipple
Sugar Hill, New Hampshire40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
Winding down our three week tour of Germany, Renate suggested a visit for a meal and afternoon refreshment at the oldest brewery in the world run by monks. The Benedictines established this Monastery beside the Donau River, aka Danube where an amazing serpentine path is followed by the river between high cliffs known as the Danube Cutthrough., in the Jura Mountains of southwest Germany in Bavaria. The Monastery contains St George abbatical church, built in 1716, is "a masterpiece of high baroque in southern Germany". (photos allowed).
The courtyard has a spacious open air "bier garten"/ beer garden,where we tasted their refreshing draft beer. Renate bought an attractive souvenir mug dated 1050 fo me and it can be viewed in New Hampshire.
At a curve in the river we found small flatboats waiting to take us downstream and back in a 1/2 hour tour of the deep Danube pinched at the waist by the cliffs of the Jura Mountains. Definitely worth looking for this experience when you are in Bavaria.
Written 11 May 2013
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bambergfan
Killiney, Ireland785 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Highly reccommend getting to Kelheim(Make sure you go to boat station opposite the modern post office building) and taking river cfruiser up the Danube to Kloster Weltenburg. It's a lovely trip especially on the open deck if the weather is good.

It takes arouund 45 minutes and you can have a drink and something to eat on the boat as you admire the lovely views and listen to the narrative.

The Monestary itself is very impressive and the chapel especially so. Truly breathtaking. Make sure you have a look when there. Nice beer garden outside though rather expensive for food and drink compared to say Bamberg or even in Regensburg itself. I guess there's no immediate competition !
Written 5 June 2014
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csb1953
Halifax, Canada96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
We giggled that we opted to take this optional tour from our Viking cruise, due to it being more river cruising. This actually was the best scenery of the whole cruise. Even though it was an overcast October day we sat on top to get the full view. The boat made it way through the winding canal and allowed us to soak up the spectacular view while tasking wheat beer. After 40 minutes we arrive at the monastery and even though it wasn't as big as I expected it, it made up with the most gorgeous chapel that I have ever seen. Through my travels I've seen great big ornate cathedrals but this was spectacular. It was small and we were up front and centre to all the décor. We had a very good tour guide for this portion of the tour it was worth hearing all the history. Afterwards we walked a ways to catch our bus. It was definitely worth the trip.
Written 4 March 2015
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WAVANCINI
Sao Paulo, SP67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been to more than 40 countries around the globe and this is certainly one of the most beautiful. Most people get to the monastery picking up the big boats. I have done it by walking (5km) thru the forest ( well sinalized ) to get there. It is an opportunity to enjoy the nature and take fantastic pictures from the top of the hill.
When you get there you can see the watermarks on the wall from the biggest floods they had when the danubio goes much beyond the shore. Also a good opportunity to understand global warming is a fake as the highesr water mark is not the "polluted 20 and 21st century" but 1845 was the highesr ever. Back to what is of interest , there was a mass happening at the amazing church over there all hand made and painted. So beautiful tears fell from my eyes. Finally and last but not least, the food and beer are a God's gift. Great place to be with family, friends.
Written 3 May 2014
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Hiker1942
Wimauma, FL741 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
We arrived at the monastery by ferry through the Danube Gorge, passing Liberation Hall. This was a beautiful ride through steep mountains on either side. The monastery is quite touristy but there are still approximately 20 monks on the property. We had to sample the famous Weltenburg beer and a pretzel before our sightseeing began. The beer was pretty tasty, so we had a second. The Monastery Church was quite beautiful with lots of Kodak moments.
Written 6 August 2013
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Conny Wylie
Ottawa, Canada966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Weltenburg Abbey and its Baroque church enjoys a stunning location in the Danube Gorge. Outside the monastery are great hiking paths through the deeply wooded gorge and on into the surrounding hills. This Abbey is the oldest in Bavaria and visitors flock to this facility to view the divine fresco's, paintings, sculptures, the voluminous (60000 strong) Library of the Evangelical Ministry and all things of a religious nature resting here.

As the Abbey 1st appeared to me, close up, I noticed water markers on the outer walls showing how high the most aggressive flood waters have risen over the years. This stretch the Danube is prone to flood waters and a serious concern for the guardianship of the Abbey and its contents. The facade of the Abbey is a flat, plain-jane, white stucco with arched door and windows, crowned with clock and a statue of St. Benedict. The Abbey courtyard is directly across from the modest, by other Abbey standards, wooden entrance doors. I entered the Abbey from the plain outside to a splendid inside.

First my eyes were drawn to the Statue of St. George, the church patron, spotlighted by dramatic lighting and posed over the main altarpiece. He cradled a red templar cross on his breast, yielded a fiery lance at a dragon rearing angrily up at him, all signifying him as a Roman Catholic hero.To the right and left of St. George are plaster statues of St. Martin and St. Marcus, the 2nd and 3rd patrons of the Abbey.This is the most predominate and beautiful Abbey scene.

The main body of the monastery consist of a gigantic oval space adjunct by 4 large accompanying niches.
WEST NICHE: home of the organ and choir gallery. The organ lays claim to the worlds oldest working pipe organ,
SOUTH NICHE: a fresco depicting Christopher Columbus's landfall in America accompanied by Christianity embodied in 12 Benedictine monks led by St. Benedict,
NORTHERN NICHE: pulpit made of columns of Weltenburg marble from which St. Benedict taught his rules of Monkdom to the congregation. The pulpit sits on a massive marble confessional,
EAST NICHE: opens up to the main alter where the statue of St. George resides.

Giant frescos' are prolific around the walls and dome of the Abbey. The lighting is engineered so the pew area is in the dark and light gradually emanates more brightly as the view elevates to the ceiling. This encourages a perspective upward toward a bright heavenly view. Under this architecture the fresco's on the upper walls and the dome shed an unforgettable aura of brilliance.

I saved the best for the last, the Abbey is the oldest continuing monastic brewery in the world. It produces a # of beers, the most popular being a dark, almost black beer, called (Barock Dunkel), somewhat like Guinness. In the Abbey courtyard is large beer garden serving traditional German food, Abbey cheese, and of course, Abbey beer. Folklore has it that if you go to confession in the Abbey, you're penance will be to drink Barock, (how much - depends on the severity of the sins). What a way to sell beer.

So, if you want to experience an Abbey with a unique religious connotation coupled with exceptional works of art and have a beer........try the Weltenburg Abbey......................Prayers and Beer.
Written 6 October 2019
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OzziePG
Adelaide, Australia166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We took the river boat from Kelheim to Weltenburg Abbey and enjoyed the leisurely cruise down the Danube and through the Gorge which took about 45 minutes. The monks certainly knew how to pick the best spot when they chose to build on the banks of the river!
We wandered in and out of the decorative church, went walking in the grounds, followed the stone Way of the Cross to a small chapel at the top of the hill, had a the monks' beer in the very popular beer garden and then caught the boat back (11.50 euro return per person) Nice thing to do!
Written 14 June 2018
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