Nature — monastery — culture
Experience 1000 years of history in the museum in the historic Weltenburg rock cellar!
Amphorae from the Neolithic Age, the Gamsbart of the Altmühltal, the seals of Cosma Damian Asam, the plasterers’ tools and photographic views behind the monastery walls: history comes to life in the museum in the historic Weltenburg Felsenkeller, now presented in a new way and with other exciting exhibits. Weltenburg Abbey is a Benedictine abbey with a rich past and a magnificent church as the first joint major work of the Asam brothers in the midst of a unique natural ensemble. All of these special features can be experienced in a colorful picture book with a variety of exhibits and films on the church, monastery and brewery on a walk through 1000 years of history. The exhibition shows fossils as witnesses of prehistory, when today’s Weltenburg Narrows was flooded by a subtropical sea, tells of the legendary founding of the monk’s cell on the Danube beach, of decline and new beginnings in the Middle Ages, of work on the large construction site in the 18th century for the Asamkirche, with which the baroque became Bavarian, but also about why the Benedictines live in Weltenburg today with convinced faith. And she invites you to discover why the purity of the water in the Weltenburger Enge is not just the secret of the tasty monastery drink. Open March to November daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on request.
Nature and culture meet in Weltenburg in an impressive way. The monastery, in which seven Benedictines live today, is located in the “Weltenburger Enge” nature reserve, the last wild river section of the Danube in Bavaria. Here the river has worked its way through the Jura limestone for thousands of years. Rocky steep slopes rise up on both sides with a combination of different animal and plant communities that is unique in Europe. The settlement of the area dates back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The beginnings of the monastery in the 7th century are shrouded in legend. However, the Benedictine abbey has gained particular importance as a complex from the 18th century with the monastery church, planned and designed by the Asam brothers as a major work of baroque art in Germany.
n the historical cellar of the monastery brewery, which was carved out of the natural rock and can be seen on an engraving from 1726, an exhibition designed by Dr. Maria Baumann, to immerse yourself in the past and present. The arc stretches from the flint pick to the first early Christian traces and the eventful centuries of the monastery from the Middle Ages to modern times to the current life and work of the Benedictines in Weltenburg. It commemorates the builder, Abbot Maurus Bächel, who began building the church in 1716 with a great deal of daring and little money, and the outstanding work of the Asams. But there is also a focus on the great craftsmanship that masons, carpenters, stonemasons and many others have achieved in building the church. Using tools and models, it becomes visible how a fresco and stucco sculptures are created.
In addition, a section is of course also dedicated to hop juice: from the discovery of “liquid bread” by the Sumerians (around 5000 BC) to the first “beer brewing” of the monks around the turn of the millennium to the Purity Law, according to which the Weltenburg monastery beer is brewed.
In the environmental area you can discover, among other things, the Danube nerite, which adorns what is probably Bavaria’s oldest piece of jewelry at 5000 years old, the feather grass, the “Gamsbart” of the Altmühltal, and the hermit, a beetle that lives as secluded as a monk in his Hermitage.
Visitor center in the historic rock cellar
Individual guests without prior reservation, groups please register (max. 40 seated and 10 standing).
from April 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022
weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Saturdays | Sundoays | Holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed from November 1, 2022 until around mid/end of March 2023
subject to short-term changes
Visitor Center Entrance Fees – per person
EUR 2.50 for adults
EUR 1.50 for children, trainees, students
EUR 2.00 groups (from 10 people)
Selection of films (German and English)
Benedictine monastery in Weltenburg (approx. 25 minutes)
Monastery Brewery (14 minutes)
virtual church tour (19 minutes)
Information and reservation:
- Allow about a 10-minute walk from/to the bus parking lot or ship landing stage, as it is not possible to drive through to the monastery.
- From around May to September there is a shuttle bus from/to the car park. Information on this is available from the Klosterschenke on 09441 67570. Here you can also find out the current fees for the Weltenburg visitor car park.
- The meeting point is the visitor center, where payment is made in advance in cash or by voucher.
- Bookings are only valid with a written confirmation from us. Please give the tour guide a copy of this letter.
- If you arrive late, the full performance time cannot be guaranteed.
- Cancellation fees: cancellation up to 8 working days before the appointment free of charge, then EUR 30.00 per group and booking
- In the event of no-show without cancellation, the last reported Number of people the calculation basis.
- The number of participants can be changed free of charge up to 2 working days before the date. This number forms the basis for calculating the entrance fees. We release a tour guide.