22 July 2013
It's a short while after we had been in Prague and Cesky Krumlov. Again, a day with sunshine and beautiful scenery. We were out for Kelheim and the nearby spots: Befreiungshalle, Danube Gorge and Weltenburg Abbey. Check out the Befreiungshalle here. Let me show you the scenic walk along the river Danube, the spectacular white rock and the massive Weltenburg Kloster.
You can choose to take a cruise right at the beginning. But I would still like to walk one way and return with a cruise. For walking, you can stroll slowly, enjoy the breeze and sweat, climb up higher to have a panoramic view of the surrounding and the Weltenburg Abbey. Superb!
We took a detour, walking up a hill. Ah ha, no obvious route to anywhere else. But my family Heim was so good at finding ways. A nice astray for a short while and rewarded with gorgeous view of the Abbey, sitting next to the river, surrounded by green.
Weltenburg Abbey is situated on a peninsular at the Danube, or Weltenburg Narrows / Danube Gorge. The monastery was founded around 600 AD and is the oldest in Bavaria.
The abbey is a Baroque church dedicated to St. George. Inside is the Last Judgment by Franz Asam. It is richly decorated. Baroque, not my taste. There are some amusing sculptures and angels around the dome, a breakaway from the solemn atmosphere.
The monastery serves good food and the oldest beer in the world. I loved the Weltenburger Dunkel. Coldness cut through the heat in summer and went well with our pork and sausages. Yummy and recommended!
We took the cruise to go back to Kelheim, still had a look of the town and then headed to Essing, with the longest wooden bridge with an admirable curve.