Eltville Things to Do
Although it is one of Germany's most elaborate and best preserved medieval monasteries, Eberbach Abbey is not well known as a tourist destination. However, it makes a good daytrip destination from Wiesbaden, Mainz or Frankfurt. Public transport runs frequemntly from Eberbach Abbey to Eltville as well as from Eltville to Wiesbaden and Franlkfurt which makes it easy for visitors without a car.
Kloster Eberbach was founded in 1136 as an affiliate monastery by the Cistercians of Clairvaux.
During the centuries, the abbey grew to be one of the most important on German soil. Kloster Eberbach owned over 300 hectares of vineyards making it the largest single wine producer of medieval Europe. There are even reports about a gigantic barrel which once hold between 50 000 and 100 000 litres of wine. From the 16th century on, the abbey has seen changing financial success. As much as Napoleon changed Europe, he finally also changed the fate of the abbey. It was closed down in 1803. After being used as a lunatic asylum and a prison, it became a museum in the 1980s.
During your visit, you can visit all the former abbey buildings. If you have seen “The Name of the Rose”, you may recognize the one or other building as the film was shot here. Probably the most impressive part is the empty abbey church.
Entry fee was 7,50 EUR for adults, 5,00 EUR for concessions, kids under 11 free (2014). Audioguides are availablke for 3,50 EUR, but are in German only. Unfortunately, almost all information is in German only. Plan around 2 to 2 ½ hours for a visit.Related to:
- Museum Visits
Well, by now you might know my "game" - I try to drag you all away from the known places in Germany and lead you to the little gems.
Eberbach Monastery is quite known by the Germans living close by, but as it is nor UNESCO heritage site, it does not always get attention like Cologne and Berlin by (non-German) travellers.
Well, why should you visit this gem ?
First of all, it is one of the first abbeys of Cistercian Order, which have been founded in the Germany of 12th century. It was even founded by one of the most important and famous Cistercians - Bernhard of Clairvaux.
Second, the abbey funds is quite famous for their vineyards; it is said they are the biggest wine-gowing estate of Germany. Wine auctions are held twice a year, offering old and good wine.
Third, the monastery and the buildings are indeed beautiful, they provide a certain aura of quietness and contemplation. It can get crowded over weekends, but if you walk around anti-clockwise to the tour groups, you can have the rooms and church all for you alone.
And - last but not least - it was setting for the famous movie The Name of the Rose with Sean Connery (1986), and trust me, you will recognize the rooms you see, if watching the movie after your visit there.
And: it is not far away from Frankfurt, just half an hours drive.
If you want to know more about Eberbach Monastery: I have put to gether some info on "Kiedrich", which is the spot closest by.
(Update as of March 29 - as I have moved the description of Eberbach Monastery to Kiedrich, so I only exchanged the link)Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
3 Hotels in Eltville
The "Gutsausschank Gelbes Haus" is a small, but wellknown restaurant next to the castle complex. The offer regional red and white wines, local dishes for reasonable prices.
They open weekdays at 4 pm, sundays at 11.30 am
There are 45 seats inside, and 100 seats on the terrasse with winegrabes above you.
Favorite Dish: Riesling white wine, or
Weinschorle (wine with mineral water)
Flammkuchen in Oktober from Tue - Thu
local small dishesRelated to:
- Castles and Palaces
It's a very nice pub-like restaurant. There was no english menu, but luckily another customer translated a few options for us. There is a whole page dedicated to different types of schnitzel/sauce combinations! Dinner and drinks cost about 25 euros for 2 people
Favorite Dish: We tried the Schnitzel with Mushroom sauce and the Pork Shanks.
Both were delicious!! And the servings were really big I couldn't finish mine even though I was starving beforehand.
To find this delicious restaurant was more of a coincidence. We walked through Eltville looking for accomodation (as we wanted to visit Eberbach Monastery next morning), but did not find any. We asked several people on the streets, and one couple told us they don’t know a place to sleep but a fantastic place to eat. Our stomachs were happy to hear this, so we decided to satisfy their needs first.
What a restaurant !! It is called Rosenstübchen (would translate into rose parlour) and its interiour justifies the name – all over decorated with roses, artificial and real ones.
We sat down in the rear room, as it was a bit more quiet, and our eyes got bigger and bigger when looking at the menu. All kinds of very delicious sounding meals, hard to choose.
We ended up with bread dumplings in creamy mushroom sauce (Semmelknödel), chantarelles to be precise and Joan had omelet with musrooms, her hubby pork fillet (and you can read that they were satisfied as well on her page).
Favorite Dish: The service was quick, and I really really enjoyed my meal very much. As it might be seen on the photo, they used real fresh chantarelles (and not canned ones), the sauce was yummie as well, and red currant lover I am I ate the decoration as well !
Prices were very reasonable as well, all main courses well under 10 Euro, and the Kir Royal (which we didn’t have, but on the meal photo you can see the price) was only 2 Euro (also hard to find this price for Kir Royal).
Next time, I’ll sit in the entrance room, at the bar maybe, as this room is also very lovely, decorated with old stuff, such as pots and cans in high shelves.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
I had the Germany lonely planet guide with me (not sure which edition?) and they said the ONLY way to get to Kloster Eberbach is by a 1 hour hike from Eltville train station. WRONG! There is a bus (5482) that goes straight there from the station. Check out the timetable at:
Type in "Eltville am Rhein Bahnhof" and "Kloster Eberbach" as the destinations.
I did the hike and it was a really boring walk!! Not scenic at all.
Eltville Warnings and Dangers
Eltville is a grown village, they are still reconstructing the old houses and streets around. It`s not easy to find a parking place inside the city.
If you leave the Autobahn exit Eltville West, after 500 meter turn left and on the left hand you will find a big parking place. You can walk within 10 minutes to the Kurfürstliche Burg at the other side of Eltville. You see, it`s really small :-))Related to:
- Road Trip