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    Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    Kloster Maria Laach is a Benedictine Abbey that is set alongside the Laacher See in the Eifel region. It is about 80 km’s south of the city of Cologne or 25 km's north of Koblenz.

    This beautiful ancient Abbey is dominated by the two tall towers of the Klosterkirche and is reputed to be one of the most beautiful Romanesque buildings in Germany.

    Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey
    Address:
    56653 Maria Laach
    (Vulkaneifel) Phone: 02652/59-0
    Fax: 02652/59-359
    Abtei@maria-laach.de
    www.maria-laach.de
    Location / Drive: 80 km south of Cologne in the »Vulkaneifel«;
    ca. 80 min. by car, ca 70 min.by train Inter Regio from central station
    Visit: Opening hours:
    Easter - All Saints' Day:
    Sun.: 1 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
    Mon.-Fri. : 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; 1 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
    All Saints' Day - Easter:
    Sun.: 1 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.
    Mon. -Fri. :10 a.m. - 11 a.m. ; 2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Admission free

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    OF COURSE......

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 17, 2003

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    THE JETTY.....

    I kept an eye on the jetty and on my watch.....but munching and dreaming time flew......and I didn't have such an awful plastic thing which you ride like a bike, no, I had my little wood boat nr. 5 and 2 oars .......... which I carefully kept in my boat once I had arrived at what I thought was the middle of the crater-lake.....

    Maria Laach is in the Eifel in Germany, an area between the rivers Rhein and Mosel and borders of Belgium and Luxembourg.
    It is the western part of the German HIGHLAND, vast forests, rolling landscape and hills and lovely deep valleys....

    The HOHE EIFEL, the very heart of the EIFEL area consists of quite some VOLCANOES that aren't working anymore, are dead......
    The highest point is HOHE ACHT, a basalt-rock of 747 mtr. in height.

    In between the slopes are those extraordinary, spectacular round LAKES which are called MAARE.

    There are several distinctive signs, such as (rock) obelisks that reminds us of the tumultuous past.....

    A most lovely place to relax and restore body and mind, a great refuge for some days or more.......

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    ON MY WAY TO MARIA LAACH.....

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 17, 2003

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    THE OLD WALLS ENCIRCLING BAD M��NSTEREIFEL

    I stayed at Bad Münstereifel, and guess....this place is not in the list of places......strange....

    So I use this place to tell about that romantic, atmospheric town here.

    And guess again???!!! It is one of the most MEDIEVAL TOWNS of Germany!!

    Surrounded by defence walls with towers, which you can climb although this time I felt too miserable (a bronchitis) to too just that, but I walked the walls.......A MOUNTAIN STREAM CAN'T BE STOPPED......

    The town is like a COBWEB formed by its little and narrow alleys and walking ways, a pleasure to roam there around.....

    Shops with all kinds of alluring gifts and articles tried to attract my attention, but I wanted to walk and have tea every now and then.....fresh and hot, sweet tea........that kept me going.

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    THE FOUNTAIN IN FRON OF THE ABBEY CHURCH....

    by eden_teuling Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    MARIA LAACH ABBEY GERMANY

    Walking, while admiring the surrounding area with the LAKE, I reached the ABBEY CHURCH and in front of it I discovered this fountain, which made me think of the FOUNTAIN OF LIONS at the world famous ALHAMBRA in GRANADA so......to make things easy for you and give you the chance to "see & enjoy" GRANADA, here is a link to that PAGE...... please, do visit and enjoy it to the full......
    GRANADA

    The sun was radiantly shining and warming me and the sweet, green fields around the ABBEY buildings......I walked through the KITCHEN GARDEN and the splendid GREENHOUSES .

    Although it was already late September and droves of gaily-coloured leaves danced around me & my feet, I could have my elevenses (hot chocolate) sitting outdoors in the AUTUMNAL sunshine under a oh, so blue sky......a few tender white feathers high up there made the blue even look more blue and I enjoyed it!

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    HALF-TIMBERED HOUSE / FRAME HOUSE

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 17, 2003

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    HALF-TIMBERED GEMS IN BAD M��NSTEREIFEL..

    As you can see here in the photograph the half-timbered houses are splendid, pure joy for the eye !

    You will find these in the ALTSTADT, the Old Town of Bad Münstereifel.....

    Comfortable shoes are recommended because of the narrow streets, which are cobble-stoned and although they are not steep, the going could otherwise be difficult....

    These houses date back to the 16th - 18th Century......

    It was here at the right side of the street that I had a break to sip my sweet, hot tea......

    East of Bad Münstereifel, on a quite remote place, a surprise is awaiting you: nothing medieval, but something modern: THE EIFELBERGS-RADIOTELESCOPE.

    This is said to be the most gigantic RADIO TELESCOPE in the whole world......we shall believe it, OK?

    And, walking / driving on in an eastern direction the countrylane will lead you straight away into the welcoming arms of the ROMANTIC AHR VALLEY!

    As splendid as the RHEIN VALLEY, only 1 size smaller......and the little river streams to FATHER RHEIN, the river of rivers here, through picturesque wine-villages....

    Is it wonder that lots of tourists and holidaymakers and even travellers find the way to this sweet area of Germany??

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    SPäTBURGUNDER.......

    by eden_teuling Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    SP��TBURGUNDER......

    ALTENAHR is an atmospheric little place, dominated by the ruins of the SCHLOSS BüRRESHEIM and the many, pleasant wine cellars....

    Here I passed the western border of GERMANY's most northern wine area.

    The slopes consist of slate and they are quite steep, rising up out of the meandering river.
    This area is protected by the HOHE EIFEL (HIGH EIFEL) and the place is perfect for growing grapes...........lovely seeing the rows and rows of grapevines.....

    These grapes are of outstanding quality for the SPäTBURGUNDY, a soft and noble wine which connoisseurs say is the BEST RED WINE OF GERMANY!.....

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    A KURORT.....

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 17, 2003

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    ZUM KURHAUS...

    Arriving there in the afternoon, I parked my car someplace, somewhere......it obviously was the HAUPTBAHNHOF, the RAILWAY STATION........and went into town in search of the Tourist Office (for a hotel) and a place to park my car......

    Preoccupated as I was with what I discovered in that sweet little town and sipping my sweet tea, I forgot about the care and found this kind message between wiper and window......telling me that they had found my car in the wrong place.........forbidden.....till now, weeks later, I still haven't heard from them!! Hope I won't get a fine...........

    Well, I walked along the high walls of river ERFT that was a tiny little, stream, the ducks had to "walk" on the stones in the riverbed because of the lack of water.....
    But the walls on both sides were high which tells me that in SPRING the river ERFT will be a roaring stream, jumping and dashing in between those walls.....that protect the streets and houses!

    All over the place were flowers, flowers, flowers..... it felt like a garden that sweet little place.
    It still has the name of being : EINE MITTELALTERLICHE ROMANTIKSTADT UND....KNEIP-KURORT and there still is an exquisite KURORT.

    The MEDIEVAL RINGMAUER has 4 GATES & 18 TOWERS.

    The HOTHIC TOWN HALL dates back to the 14th Century!

    In the park along the WALLS I saw this sign and the once that is in the next TIP, this on the right side and the next on the left side.

    Here the PORTER has to ride his exhausted, dead-tired charge from the Railway Station to the KURHAUS.....

    The man is really in need of the treatment with that special water and more.....

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    A ROWING BOAT, WHY NOT......

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 17, 2003

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    MARIA LAACH VOLCANOE LAKE

    These VOLCANOE LAKES in the EIFEL are very special CRATER LAKES.
    Special colours of water (see my Germany page) some lakes EXTREMELY DEEP and the very idea that you are in a tiny little boat on water that filled a crater which once overflowed with lava, GLOWING RED/WHITHE HOT BLAZING STREAMS OF LAVA yes, that made me rent a little boat again (I did so many a time in the past while holidaying in the EIFEL).

    The man who let them looked me up and down, not knowing what to think of me and my request, but......what else could he do than accept my Euros and let me row away......I told him that I just wanted to have my little lunch in that little boat in the middle of this largest CRATER LAKE......and so I did.

    I rowed to the middle and well, this photos shows the disadvantage of travelling on your own: I didn't want to risk my camera there and use the self-timer so you miss me in the photo..........

    It was a wonderful lunch, the last one of this summer 2003 outdoors and a great one.......

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    hotel ****

    by eden_teuling Updated Oct 17, 2003

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    HOTEL IM SCHLEIDTAL BAD M��NSTEREIFEL GERMANY

    At the end of my thether (because of a high fever) I just drove my car to the front door of this hotel, asked for a room and went to bed!

    It was a very pleasant place: spacious room, a balcony and indeed situated in the middle of a real park, belonging to the hotel.

    The ladies that were in charge were very sweet and even offered me some medicine for my oh so painful throat and I had to laugh because they whispered too, I think because I had no voice at all.......it was kind (but only a reaction of course!!)

    In the morning they took good care of me again and after the breakfast, which was fine, and lots and lots of tea, I left......driving deeper to the south, direction SPEYER......

    (see my SPEYER PAGE if you feel like it)

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    ISN'T SHE A BEAUTYFUL WORK OF ART??

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 17, 2003

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    MARIA LAACH EIFEL GERMANY...

    As by now, many of you know I collect only one thing: postcards (photos, calendars...) of MADONNAs, MARIA, Jesus' Mother, not because I am a religious person, I DEFINITELY am NOT, but just because I am so interested in how THIS MOTHER (MOST OF THE TIME WITH HER CHILD) has been seen and interpreted by ARTISTS through the CENTURIES.....

    This postcard I found in the SHOP in MARIA LAACH......she is called: MUTTERGOTTES OF KRUZLOWA and was sculpted during the 15th CENTURY, a POLYCHROME statue of a VERY EXCEPTIONALLY sweet and courageous MOTHER.

    Enjoy her sweet face and the artists wonderfully sculpted curves & his PALETTE.....let her look and those sweet lines, curves & colours brighten your day today!

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    AFTER THE TREATMENT......

    by eden_teuling Written Oct 17, 2003

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    AFTER THE TREATMENT....

    The WATER- AND MASSAGE TREATMENT obviously helped: here the "patient" is walking to the BAHNHOF to return home again, feeling great!

    The porter has to run to keep in pace.......

    On one side of the Bad Münstereifel Valley is a castle visible and on the other side a renowned KURORT..........the town was crowded with "patients".........

    When you walk through the ORCHHEIMER strasse you will be in the right spot to get an impression of this town's shape.....

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    Maria Laach Main Church

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 6, 2005

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    The Main Church

    The foundation stone to this church was laid by Count Palatine Henry. After the death of the Count, Countess Palatine Adelheid continued with the building. The church was consecrated in the year 1156 however the towers in the west were only completed in 1170 hence well after the church was opened.

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    Maria Laach – Crypt

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 6, 2005

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    The Crypt

    A dark stair leads from the Lady Chapel down to the crypt, the oldest part of the basilica. It was begun and partly finished under Count Palatine Henry. The high bases of the limestone columns under their clear block capitals recall the crypt of the Speyer cathedral.

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    Maria Laach – Tomb of the founder

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 6, 2005

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    The tomb

    Count Palatine’s monument is a freestanding tomb of the late 13th century. It is a stone sarcophagus with a carved wooden lid, the Count Palatine an idealized youth full figure clad in princely robes and seemingly still alive as he rests on the cover. The tomb contains the founder’s remains.

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  • Maria Laach Abbey - Jewel of the Ahr Valley

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Situated in the Vulkaneifel, we visited the beautiful Benedictine Abbey, Maria Laach. This Romanesque abbey was founded in 1093 on the banks of the Laacher lake (the crater of an extinct volcano) and is still home to 60 Benedictine monks today. Their Gregorian chanting can be heard several times a day. Check the website for more details of its long history and for tickets and times of performances.

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