Monastery Weltenburg

Monastery Weltenburg, Kelheim

Monastery Weltenburg
4.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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zima2
Sokolov, Czech Republic534 contributions
A beer monastery
Sep 2019
Extensive monastery complex in the heart of Bavaria. Great monastery beer, which you can enjoy in peace in the courtyard of the monastery. Boarding place for a boat on the Danube.

Written 29 August 2020
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Juancito07
Weiden, Germany47 contributions
Good food, fun & Beer
Nov 2019 • Family
Beautiful place! Make sure you bring comfortable shoes and warm clothing this time of the year. Amazing atmosphere for the entire family. You can walk up the hill or take the boat ride. No disappointment either way. After a little bit of sightseeing, we enjoyed the good food and great beer, beer, beer. Our waitress was very funny, friendly and helpful with food choices. Can’t wait to return in the summer.....
Written 10 January 2020
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love2travelwithphil
Greenville, SC69 contributions
Perfect Day
Nov 2019 • Friends
What an amazing place to visit. The river was beautiful. Enjoyed a small hike above the church, then had a delicious lunch! Don’t miss!
Written 26 November 2019
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MusicDoc
Rome, GA1 contribution
A must see for those visiting western Bavaria!
Jun 2019
Hidden along the Danube, the Weltenberg Abbey is a must visit for those who enjoy historic churches and especially beer! The dunkel is probably the best beer in the world.
Written 9 November 2019
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MBKOKent
Maidstone, UK440 contributions
Best approach is from Kelheim
Oct 2019
The best way to approach Weltenburg Abbey is to take a local cruise from Kelheim through the Danube Narrows. For Beer drinkers the monastery brewery produces 10 different brews.
Written 4 November 2019
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Bruce B
Alexandria, Canada29 contributions
River boat trip to Weltenburg Abbey
Sep 2019
The lazy cruise through the gorge was so scenic and enlightening. The courtyard was large an inviting. The Baroque Abbey itself was dark inside and fairly sparse. Benedictine monks were not known for opulence. It is still a working abbey , where the monks raise there food on the grounds. The beer has been brewed here since 1050 AD. They have an excellent dark beer. Great day at the Abbey.
Written 10 October 2019
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Conny Wylie
Ottawa, Canada324 contributions
Weltenburg Abbey - Prayers and Beer
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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scampi394
Markinch, UK2 contributions
Weltenburg abbey
Sep 2019
I have a mobility problem but this is easy from the cruise ship they take you to the ferry from there you have a beautiful trip through the gorge when you arrive there is a short walk to the abbey which is stunning there is a shuttle bus to take you back to your coach. All in all this was a fantastic visit and I will be doing to again in 2020
Written 4 October 2019
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sam101645
Walnut Creek, CA310 contributions
Danube to History
Jun 2019
After a beautiful ferry ride on the Danube we arrived at the Weltenbury Abbey/Brewery which is believed to be the oldest Abbey/Brewery in Germany if not the world.
The Abbey was gorgeous and the adjoining beer garden offered plenty of seating in a tree shaded setting along with traditional Bavarian food choices. A highlight of our time in Bavaria.
Written 13 September 2019
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Janet S
9 contributions
Tours of Church and Brewery
Jul 2019
Both the tour of the church and the tour of the brewery were enjoyable, fun, and informative!
- Church Tour: Our family reunion of 65 people toured Weltenberg in July. It was a hot day, and I think everyone was very much looking forward to the tour of the brewery. However, we also took a tour of the church. Actually, two tours: one conducted in German, and one in English. This tour is well worth your time! The monastery has a fascinating history which you can experience in the art and architecture of the church. Both tour guides were wonderful, really bringing this history to life. Very informative, interesting, and enjoyable. Highly, highly recommend this tour. Thank you!
- Brewery Tour: We also had two tours of the brewery, one in German and one in English. Tour guides for these were also outstanding. We learned about the history of the brewery as well as the process of making the beer, and got to see the various rooms and equipment used throughout the process. The tour guides were very engaging and funny. And we got to sample several wonderful beers. A very fun day!
Written 12 August 2019
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