22.5.14

Weltenburger Kloster

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.

We started the walk from Kelheim along Danube around 12 at noon. It is a path alternate with sunshine and shade, rewarding with calm natural beauty.

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.


 
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weltenburg_AbbeyWeltenburg 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.

 





1.5.14

Befreiungshalle, Kelheim

It was a sunny Monday, 22 July.  Fritz drove us from Katzwang to Kelheim, a town in Bavaria, situated at the confluence of two rivers, Altmühl and Danube.  We visited the town and two most spectacular spots: Befreiungshalle and Kloster Weltenburg  (Abbey).

Befreiungshalle is a classical monument ordered by Ludwig I to memorise the victory of the battles against Napoleon, also called the battle of Leipzig, dated 1813-1815.

The exterior façade is crowned 18 colossal statues as allegories of German tribes.  The number 18 also denotes the date that the troops of Napoleon were defeated. Inside are 34 white marble victories, holding hands symbolizing celebrating peace, joy, unification. 
Grounded in the centre is a dictum:

MOECHTEN DIE TEUTSCHEN NIE VERGESSEN WAS DEN EFREIUNGSKAMPF

NOTHWENDIG MACHTE UND WODURCH SIE GESIEGT.

translated into

May the Germans never forget what made necessary the Struggle for Freedom and by what means they won.

One can feel the hardship and dedication involved in, the joy and proud of winning the battles finally.

Inscription at the entrance portal:
To the German Liberation Fighters Ludwig I King of Bavaria

Ascend to the top of the building and be rewarded with fantastic views of Kelheim, the town, nearby and preview the beautiful path leading to the oldest brewery Kloster Weltenburg.