Friday, March 4, 2011

The Oldest Monastery Brewery in the World!

Most people visit the Weltenburg Abbey for the beer, but the abbey church is not to be missed! The Weltenburg Abbey is the oldest monastery in Bavaria. And the oldest monastery brewery in the world.

Situated on a peninsula in the Danube, on the so-called “Weltenburg Narrows”, the Weltenburg Abbey is a perfect stop on your next Danube River Cruise. The Benedictine monastery was founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620. The monastery courtyard is surrounded by Baroque buildings, the highlight of which is the abbey church, dedicated to Saint George. The church was built in 1716 by the Asam Brothers. Its’ amazing Baroque Architecture is complimented by beautiful frescos and marble and gilded gold walls.

The Weltenburg Abbey brewery has been in operation since 1050, and is considered the oldest monastery brewery in the world. The Abbey brewery specializes in dunkels, a dark German beer that typical ranges in color from amber to dark reddish brown. Dunkels are characterized by their smooth malty flavor.

Why not stop into the Weltenburg Abbey in Bavaria on your next Danube River Cruise for a dunkel beer or two? Visit Celtic Tours website for a complete listing of all of our European River Cruises.

1 comment:

Laurel said...

I haven't been here yet, but it's definitely on my list. I've heard it's a great day trip and how can you not visit the oldest monastery brewery in the world?

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