The Fraternei was constructed in the fifteenth century in early gothic design and features two ailes. Around 1730 it became a wine cellar known as a Cabinetkeller, around 1730 the term Kabinett was used to describe wine quality. We also visited the lay refectory where the lay brothers worked producing the wine using huge wine presses. The Abbey...more
The Monks' Dormintory occupies the whole upper storey of the East Wing of the Monastery. The two great halls spread out to a great length of seventy two metres. Constructed in 1250 -70 in early gothic style, the baroque cells were removed in 1930-31, so revealing the sheer size and magnitude of the dormitory. One early motto of the monks was Ora et...more
The Monk's Refectory was the only room in the monastery complex to have heating and occassionaly in cold winter days the monks were allowed to keep warm here. I did find this room rather warm but it was down to the humidifiers, a modern addition, installed to keep the room and its treasures intact. Speaking of treasures the first thing you notice...more
The Chapter House erected and constructed in the Romanesque style was completed in 1186. The name Chapter House derives from the statutes of the order which were read to the monks on a daily basis. The house also served to elect the Abbots and provided a final resting place for them. This was the only place the monks were allowed to speak to each...more
Eberbach's Monastery Church was built during two periods around 1145 - 1160 and 1170 - 1186. The Basilica's interior has three ailes and is one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Germany. Characteristic of the Cistercian Monk, the church is void of decoration and artistic furnishings. In the early days the monks had strict...more
"Porta patet, cor magis" = "The door stands open but the heart ever more so" the heartfelt and reverent words in the motto of the Cistercian monks who lived, worked and prayed in the Eberbach Monastery many centuries ago. Eberbach with her many buildings and beautiful rooms is an atmospheric place combining history, art, beauty and spiritual...more
The restaurant was quite small and had a cosy homely atmosphere. The menu was only in German, luckily for us we were dinning with a native speaker so no problems there then. The menu was exstensive for a small place with lots of choices all served in a friendly and efficient manner . The room had many Autumn floral decorations and little witch ornaments which I liked very much, maybe this was part of the Oktoberfest celebrations, I would have to go back to find out!
Favorite Dish: I had an omelet stuffed full with delicious and filling chanterelles and tomatoes, my husband had pork fillet served with a fresh salad whch he didn't eat because he didn't like the dressing so I had that to go with my meal. I can't remember what Ingrid had but she will tell you herself no doubt.
If you are driving from the north on the A5 then take the A3 at Frankfurter Kreuz junction. Look out for road A66 at Wiesbaden towards Rheingau then from Kiedrich exit (Ausfahrt) follow the B42 and brown sign posts with white lettering, Kloster Eberbach will be well within your sight. Parking is free and there are two parking lots for cars marked P-Ost , P-Schmidtgarten and P-Schlosserbau
The shop is well laid out and the goods prettily displayed. The shop offers free wine tasting which is good to help with your selection. We choose two bottles, Spatburgunder Rose and Spatburgunder Red.
What to buy: Wine would be the obvious choice here but they sell locally produced biscuits, teas, sweets and of course the wein gelee. On checking the gelee label I noticed the words Spatburgunder and Riesling = oh wow this stuff has 52% wine in it = so not for the morning toast before work then.
What to pay: prices vary depends on what you buy - we paid 5.50 euros for a bottle of wine
Favorite thing: Ingrid told me about the film "The Name of the Rose" starring Sean Connery. Parts of the film features Eberbach Monastery. The film is quite old I think it was made in 1998 and was not available in shops in the U.K. but I found it on DVD on the internet. To my surprise we saw the video & DVD on sale in the ticket office - Well why wouldn't they have all the copies? Sean's film may become a favourite of mine for retracing my steps through this lovely historic place.