It is said part of the obligation/tradition of monks is to provide hospitality beside oversee parish duties. Well, this has got out of hand at almost all religious sites. The people come here and could care less about the abbey, or the church. They hang around form a lot of the day drinking, and some eat a bite or two. It is a shame that the real...more
This was part of the complex that was built between 1713 and 1736 by the finding from Asam brothers of Ingolstadt, who were also architects. The front was completed in 1751. The middle is oval and has outlying naves for separate prayer sessions. The entry has symbolism of the four last things; death, judgement, heaven and hell. Inside icons are...more
Arriving at Kehlheim by ship on the Donau and towering over the valley you can't help but see this famous monument Befreiungshalle" the Liberation Hall at Kelheim in the national park Altmuehl valley.The walls of the circular building are divided by 18 pilasters with 18 chandeliers. The pilasters are crowned by female figures which symbolise the...more
The cathedral was built in baroque style by the Asam brothers. They started with the work in 1716, the entrance was finished in 1751. Have a look at the four niches, which are rather beautiful decorated. There are lots of beautiful angels as well.On their website is a good description of the church and the different parts. Unfortunately most of the...more
When we decided to visit Kloster Weltenburg, we planned to visit 2 main destinations. One was the Donaudurchbruch (see my general tips), the other was drinking a beer in the beer garden. Yes, I know, that's not the usual thing when visiting an abbey. But of course, we also visited the cathedral. But we didn't visit the visitor's center, where you...more
The abbey of Weltenburg is on the Danube, it was founded long time ago, in 617. It is the oldest monastery of Bavaria. As it is just on the banks of the Danube, there is always the danger of flood. When you come from the boat stop, you have to walk along the monastery until you come to the big door.more
A visit in the brewery of the abbey is a must! The brewery is the oldest brewery of an abbey, it was founded in 1050. And dark beer has got the gold medal during the World Beer Cup 2004 in San Diego/USA .
If you wanna eat there, you will find all specialities of the bavarian kitchen there. On the pics you see: Schweinshaxe, roasted bread dumplings, and Fleischkaes with potatoe salad.
Cycling from Kelheim along the N bank of the Danube is easy and scenic for about 3 km. The path then heads upward steeply and becomes rough and muddy. There are biting insects. After about 2km join a road back down to the Danube opposite the monastery. Follow the road to a ferry. Only 1.50 for a person + bicycle. The church is worth the insect...more
I saw these boats at the beach of Weltenburg. It is a kind of ferry for the bikers, hikers and walkers, as there is no bridge. The ferry the people and bikes across the river. BTW: the Donauradweg (biking trail along the Danube) goes along there and it is really worth to make a stop here.more
Well, I saw these bike taxis near the beer garden and at the boat stop, which is about 400 m away from the abbey . Who knows, perhaps there are some people who need a taxi back to the boat stop because the beer was so delicious! I don't know anything about prices, for me it is a bit silly not to walk.If you go there by car, there is a parking about...more
There is a shop in Weltenburg. You can get there everything which is in relationship to religion: books, candles, religious art, stickers, ..... but also postcards and the famous Weltenburg beer. I was a bit surprised, the price for 5 liter there is lower than the price for 5 l at the boat stop in Weltenburg.
Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.
Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the vast majority of Christian churches will allow tourists to visit at most times, including routine services (although some may charge an admission fee for doing so, and access may be denied for private events such as weddings and funerals). However, tourists should realise that most churches are still active places of worship, and so visitors need to exhibit a certain sensitivity to display respect to the culture and avoid giving offence to people at prayer.
The following guidelines are based on wonderful advice offered by Homer (homaned) - who does this for a living - in a forum response, and although specifically written for Christian places of worship, would apply equally to places of worship for other religions
So, here is a general list of do's and don'ts for people wishing to photograph during a church service:
READ THE SIGNS
If photography is not permitted - because, for example, it may damage paint on delicate murals - this will usually be indicated by a pictogram of a camera with a red line through it. Under most circumstances, you can assume that photography will be allowed (unless otherwise indicated), but may not be permitted during services. If in doubt, ask for clarification - this shows respect and will very seldom be met with anything other than a helpful response.
TURN OFF YOUR FLASH!
Every camera on the market has a button on it which will turn off the flash. The number one most alarming and distracting thing that can happen during a liturgy, and one which will even get you kicked out of some churches, is the bright flash that goes off when you take a picture. Not only is it distracting, but it usually makes the picture turn out dark, because your camera's flash only has about a 10-15' range. Turn off the flash, and hold the camera up against your eye, using the viewfinder, and you will likely get a better picture (and you definitely won't have any red-eye problems!).
DON'T MOVE AROUND ALL OVER THE PLACE! (UNLESS YOU HAVE PERMISSION)
Instead of walking all over down the main aisle and in front of everybody, pick a good place from which to take a picture at the beginning of the liturgy, and stay there. Unless you're a professional photographer with practice at stealthily moving during liturgies, you're a distraction, and you're being disrespectful. Even if you're a pro, try to stick to one out-of-the-way place, and use a zoom lens and zoom in to get pictures. Walking in front of people is a surefire way to distract and disrespect and closing in on priests or other celebrants just to capitalise on a photo opportunity is offensive.
TURN OFF THE CAMERA'S SOUND!
Every camera has some way to mute all its 'cute' beeps and clicking noises. If you press a button, and hear a beep, or if you take a picture and hear an obnoxious shutter clicking sound, you need to turn off those sounds (the muting option is usually in one of the menus). Along with the flashing, it's an obvious sign that someone is taking pictures and not showing much respect for those trying to pay attention to the liturgy.
TURN OFF THE 'FOCUS ASSIST' LIGHT!
If your camera can't focus without the little laser-light that shines in everyone's eyes before your camera takes a picture, then don't use your camera. You have to turn that light off! It is very distracting to be watching a lector or priest, and see a little red dot or lines pop up on his face all of the sudden. It's as if some rifleman is making his mark! Turn the light off (again, look in the menus for the option to turn off the 'AF assist' or 'focus assist' light). If you can't turn it off, put a piece of duct tape or some other opaque material over the area where the light is, so the light won't shine on someone.
TURN OFF THE CAMERA'S LCD!
You should never use the LCD to compose your shots anyways; just put your eye up to the viewfinder, and that will not only not distract, it will also steady your camera against your face, making for a better picture (especially if you don't have the flash on). And if you must review the pictures you've taken, hold the camera in front of you, down low, so people behind you don't notice the big, bright LCD display on your camera
CERTAIN PARTS OF THE CEREMONY ARE PARTICULARLY SENSITIVE
The consecration (blessing) of the eucharist (bread and wine) and distribution of communion to the congregation are considered to be particularly sacred parts of the service, and it is offensive to photograph these activities.
The main thing is to try to be respectful of the culture and of other people present at the service. Don't distract. And, if you are asked to not take pictures, or if there's a sign saying 'no photography allowed,' then don't take pictures. You can always ask a priest's permission before the liturgy, but if he says 'No,' put away your camera and enjoy the freedom you have to focus on the privilege of being able to share an experience with people who consider these religious rituals core to their culture and identity, rather than focusing on your camera's LCD!
Homer's Rules ... Homer rules!
This part of the Danube is very much protected. But individuals are allowed to go there, unless they don't pollute the river or the landscape. I saw these beautiful canoes on the beach of Weltenburg. Near Kloesterl I saw the other canoes. The canoe club Kelheim has the boats there, but they rent them only for members.
The rocks along the Danube got funny names. One is called Napoleon's luggage, this one is called bee's nest or hollow stone. On the second pic you see a number. It indicates the length of the Danube. For the Danube, the measurement is different. They begin at the mouth of the Danube and not, as usual, at the source. So don't wonder if you see here...more
The Danube is much protected in that part, it is a nature reserve since 1978. There are only a few ships allowed. They have lots of restrictions: no pollution, interdiction to drive more often, having special motors which are not so loud as usual, .... The place most of the tourists want to see is the so called Donaudurchbruch. It is the most...more
In the general tips, I will describe a bit the trip on the Danube from Kelheim to Weltenburg. From the boat stop, have a look at the landmark of Kelheim, the Befreiungshalle built by Ludwig II. There is a small channel which leads into the Danube a s well.The trip to Weltenburg lasts about 40 minutes for about 6 km and costs 7 € to Weltenburg and...more