The Benedictine abbey of Weltenburg is the oldest monastery in Bavaria and was founded around 600 AD. by the monks of St. Columbanus. It is situated near the entrance to the scenic Danube gorge, on the northern slopes of the Arzberg mountain, near the site of the ancient Celtic settlement of Artobriga. After secularization in 1803, King Ludwig I. estabilished in 1842 a Benedictine priory in Weltenburg, which was elevated to the rank of abbey in 1913.
The famous baroque church was built by the architect brothers Cosmas Damian Asam and Aegid Quirin Asam. Work began in 1716 by order of Maurus Baechl, Abbot of Weltenburg from 1713 to 1743; the entrance hall completing the building was finished in 1751 by Franz Anton Neu.
Angels are frequently depicted throughout the church, as in 1686 the monastery became part of the Bavarian Benedictine Congregation of the Holy Guardian Angels. In the half cupola, for instance, we see the Archangels in gilded stucco relief: Raphael, Michael, Gabriel (with the rosary), and Uriel with the incense of adoration.
Around 500,000 tourists visit the monastery complex with the oldest monastery brewery in the world and the Weltenburg monastery inn every year.
- Church tours in the abbey church of St. George in Weltenburg take place several times a day, except Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Historical rock cellar: Experience 1000 years of history in the historical rock cellar.