Sunday, May 01, 2016

Weltenburg Abbey

The Benedictine abbey of Weltenburg is the oldest monastery in Bavaria and was founded around 600 A.D. by the monks of St. Columbanus. It is said to be the 2nd oldest brewery in the world. It is situated near the entrance to the scenic Danube gorge, on the northern slopes of the Arzberg mountain, near the site of the ancient Celtic settlement of Artobriga.

While most visitors arrive for the beer, this church is not to be missed for its amazing architecture, beautiful frescos, and marble and gilded gold walls. Of particular interest is the fresco on the ceiling of the inner building.
If you've got the time, make sure to stroll around the grounds. It's a sight not to be missed.

The abbey is open to the public, except for the part reserved for the monks.

Things to do:
  • Sit in the monastery pub and have a Dunkel beer or two.
  • Take a tour through the Abbey.
  • Cruise through the beautiful Danube Gorge on the way to or from Kelheim. Alternatively, cruise upwards from Kelheim to the monastery and afterwards cross the river and walk your way back. The hike is by no means strenuous for most healthy people, saves a bit of cash, and allows you to see the scenery truly at your leisure.
  • Spend some time by the water shore along the Danube! Bring your dog for the day and let them swim around in the water.


If you're looking for something to do on a beautiful day, look no further.

GPS Address:
Asamstra├če 32, 93309 Kelheim, Germany