Franconia and the German Danube Sights


Weltenburg Abbey (Abbey Church of Sts. George and Martin)

Weltenburg Abbey (Abbey Church of Sts. George and Martin) Review

Roughly 25 km [15 mi] southwest of Regensburg you'll find the great Weltenburg Benedictine Abbey perched on the bank of the Danube River. The most dramatic approach to the abbey is by boat from Kelheim, 10 km (6 mi) downstream. On the stunning ride the boat winds between towering limestone cliffs that rise straight up from the tree-lined riverbanks. The abbey, constructed between 1716 and 1718, is commonly regarded as the masterpiece of the brothers Cosmas Damian and Egid Quirin Asam, two leading baroque architects and decorators of Bavaria. Their extraordinary composition of painted figures whirling on the ceiling, lavish and brilliantly polished marble, highly wrought statuary, and stucco figures dancing in rhythmic arabesques across the curving walls is the epitome of Bavarian baroque. Note especially the bronze equestrian statue of St. George above the high altar, reaching down imperiously with his flamelike, twisted gilt sword to dispatch the winged dragon at his feet. In Kelheim there are two boat companies that offer trips to Kloster Weltenburg every 30 minutes in summer. You cannot miss the landing stages and the huge parking lot. No Bavarian monastary is complete without a brewery and Kloster Weltenburg's is well worth visiting.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Asamstraße 32, Kelheim, 93309
  • Hours: Daily 9–dusk
  • Location: Regensburg
Updated: 11-13-2013

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