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Kloster Banz (Banz Abbey)

Kloster Banz (Banz Abbey) Review

This abbey, which some call the "holy mountain of Bavaria," proudly crowns the west bank of the Main north of Bamberg. There had been a monastery here since 1069, but the present buildings—now a political-seminar center and think tank—date from the end of the 17th century. The highlight of the complex is the Klosterkirche (Abbey Church), the work of architect Leonard Dientzenhofer and his brother, the stuccoist Johann Dientzenhofer (1663–1726). Balthasar Neumann later contributed a good deal of work. Concerts are occasionally held in the church, including some by members of the renowned Bamberger Symphoniker. To get to Banz from Vierzehnheiligen, drive south to Unnersdorf, where you can cross the river.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Kloster-Banz-Straße 1, Bad Staffelstein, 96231
  • Phone: 09573/7311
  • Hours: May–Oct., daily 9–5; Nov.–Apr., daily 9–noon; call to request a tour
  • Location: Bamberg
Updated: 11-13-2013

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