The market square is found below the basilica. It’s a rectangular place, with the large “Haus des Gastes” on one side and several different coloured houses on the other side. What also quickly catches your eye when looking at the market square from the basilica is the town hall on the opposite side, with its orange colour and the arcades.
Near the town hall is an interesting fountain. There’s a rivulet flowing to that fountain, and the water there flows into some bins. When the bins are getting full, they turn and spill the water.
The monastery museum is something you should not miss when you are in Ottobeuren. Already when walking through the corridors and up the stairs you will see many frescos, ornamentation etc. Then in the museum, there are magnificent rooms again, like the library with its thousands of old books or the “Kaisersaal” (emperor hall) where today concerts take place.
The abbey was built in 1711/25 and is pretty large. You can only visit parts of it, but you still can visit many rooms, filled with paintings, statues, furniture, an astronomic clock, old mangers etc.
There are only a few Benedictines living in the abbey today, so besides hosting the museum, the abbey building also serves as school and educational establishment.
Open April to October, 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00. Restricted opening times during the other months.
The basilica was built 1737-66 and is a monastery and parish church, dedicated to St Alexander and St Theodor. The interior is really magnificent, in late baroque/ rococo style. There had been major renovations recently, and there are still some parts being renovated currently.
The two baroque organs are also pretty famous and there are regularly organ concerts in the basilica. While we were visiting the basilica, someone was playing a bit which was nice. I guess it was in preparation of the service that began shortly after we left.
The market square in Ottobeuren is where we parked our car. The walk to the Basilica and Abbey wasn't far from here, and then, after our walk, we were able to enjoy a drink at one of the Cafe's in the square.
What a nice spot, with lovely flowers to look at, and a really lovely, bright orange Rathaus. In the middle, was some kind of water canal.
Ottobeuren Basilica and the Kaisersaal of the Abbey is where famous conductors have been perfoming before a captive audience every Saturday afternoon over ther last fifty years.
The Concert's are held between May and September.
The Basilca actually has three Organs, my favorite being the old organ, built by French organ-builder Karl Joseph Riepp (1710-1775). It is actually a double organ and is one of the most treasured historic organs in Europe.
It was the main organ for 200 years, until 1957 when a third organ was added.
Have a look at my photo's to see how beautiful it is.
Arriving in Ottobeuren, we decided to park the car in the town square and have a look at the huge Basilica overlooking the town square.
The Basilica, built between 1737 -1766, to me was an unusual shade of green, with pink/lavender columns. It is part of the Benedictine monastery which was founded in 764, and is recognized as one of the most ornate Baroque and Rococo buildings in world.
It lived up to this! It is stunning inside, one of the most beautiful Basilica's I have been inside.
A must see!
The interior of the church has got an only aisle 89 meters long and cut to half by the transept 60 meters long. You can see four domes, the tallest of which measure 25 meters. The decorations are in Rococo and Baroque style and it is completely dressed again of plasters and frescos performed by Johann Michael Feichtmayr, Franz Anton and Johann Jacob Zeiller.
You can see more photos of the fantastic interior of the church in this travelogue.
The abbey was built on a project of Christoph Vogt among 1711 and the 1731. It is an imposing building composed from four cloisters. You can visit the beautiful library and the Klostermuseum with sculptures made between the 12th century and the 18th century.
In the choir you can admire the stupendous stalemates made by Joseph Christian with the life of St. Bernard and the beautiful organs made in 1760.
You can see more in this travelogue.
This beautiful abbay was settled in 764 by the Benedectine but it was entirely restored in 1711 thanks the best archetects and decorators of that time.
The church of St. Alexander was reconstructed and restructured in different occasions and it assumed the actual aspect between 1748 and 1766 thanks to the intervention of the architect Michael Fischer. The facade is convex and it is contained from two elegant towers.