The Romanesque basilica sports six towers and has been beautifully well preserved. As you approach the church, you will enter through the colonnaded west porch, known at The Paradise, which was added to the church in 1225. From this vantage point you can look at the inner courtyard with a lion fountain that was added about 90 years ago in 1928....more
I recommend that visitors to the abbey take the time to watch the introductory movie at the visitor center before seeing the church. It is informative and talks not only about the history of the abbey but it talks about the distinguishing features of the structure itself. Therefore you walk away with a greater understanding of what you are actually...more
The monastery manages the church, the Information Hall, and the garden shop. There are monks available to assist and answer questions in the Information Hall. However, the grounds where the monks live are not open to the public. It is located beside the church so visitors can look at the outside and the walk in the entrance way, but the doors are...more
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...more
of the inner court and the Lions fountain building up to the underground crypt, also known as Paradise, which has similarity to Granada.when you have the chance for a visit, do it in warmer season, the Basilika is freezing cold in the wintertime.although I have very fond memories over the Christmas period and the choirs performancesmore
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...more
The crypt is a large chamber, supported by many heavy columns, below the eastern part of the church. It is of the 12C. The columns have plain block capitals. The columns are of limestone and the capitals of tuff. There is a well tended altar and prayer books behind the seats, so it undoubtedly used for devotions.more
There is a path along the lake for walking (and maybe for biking). We chose to use our car along L113 North for about 2 km where we found a parking area across the road from the lake. Walking past a miniture golf course we came to a put-in and docks where there was a great deal of small sailboating activity and of course views of the lakemore
The church has been decorated with many old and recent things. Some of the Brothers appear to be quite talented. Among the ancient monuments are a Merovingian tombstone (?) and an ancient font near the entrance door(3). In the West transept on a pier is a mural of St. Benedict (about 1500)(4). By far the most interesting is the tomb of the...more
The church follows a basilican plan with 2 apses and transepts. There is a tall nave with an aisle at each side and vaulting(2). There are clerestory window above the nave arcades. The supports are heavy piers with applied columns and pilasters with ornamented capitals(3). The east end altar conch has a 20 C mosaic patterned after the Romanesque...more
In 1220, after the church was completed, it was decided to make it fancier. A portico was added called the Paradise. It must have served as a cloister because its 3 sides look like one.It is in complete harmony with the exterior. At this same period the nave and aisles were vaulted. Porticos of this sort and vaulting were being added to a few other...more
The shaping of the grounds makes it hard to examine the church from all angles and so the symmetry and gracefulness are not easy to appreciate.There are two taller towers at the East transept and two rounded towers at the West. (Two transept churches were not unusual in the Romanesque period). Between the East towers is a square based octagonal...more
We were ready for a snack after touring the abbey so we headed over to the restaurant. There were actually three places to eat at the abbey and we settled on having some cake and ice cream on the terrace of the hotel rather than sit inside a restaurant. The view was beautiful as it overlooked the lake and some wonderful gardens.There were four of...more
This is the only sit-down restaurant on the premises (not counting the hotel which looks likw a place for guests and not tourists). It was clean, of good size (although there were many potential customers it was not overcrowded)with a moderate nimber of selections. Actually it should be called a cafeteria with many hot selections (American...more
We drove to the abbey. It was not difficult to find once you are in the area as the roads are well marked with the abbey signs. There was a large parking lot across the street from the abbey and we found parking there. It was inexpensive at €1,50 for the day, payable upon entrance to the lot attendant. The abbey is located about 32 km (20 miles)...more
The only parking at Maria Laach is a set of pay lots to the right of L113 as you arrive from A61, exit 34. Do not look for another place and do not try to use the Hotel area to the left. Save time and park here.The church is on the left higher up. After you park, you head uphill to your right , through a tunnel under the road, and on to the church....more
The monastery maintains a garden center beside the church and sells the plants to help support the abbey. The shop is rather extensive and has a large selection of plants, seeds, garden decorations, and other items needed to maintain the plants. The prices were extremely reasonable.
Most likely visitors who are traveling from outside Europe will find it difficult to purchase a plant due to agricultural restrictions upon entering their home country. However, I did not have the restriction and was able to pick up a small memento of my time at the abbey (pictured above). As I write this tip six months after our visit, I can tell you that this little plant has tripled in size and is quite beautiful.
The Eifel Region consists of plenty forested landscapes that are home to deer and wild boar as well as other game. Driving during the night may end suddenly when game jumps out into the road and every year hundreds of accidents, sometimes even fatal occur here. Hence take the foot of the gas and drive carefully – once you have hit a full grown deer your journey may have come to an end!
the Lake offers all activities you can imagine when it comes to watersport. sailing, boating, kanoeing and of course just simple swimming.it is quite save when you follow common sense. the Lake is a Volcano Crater, deepest point 53mthe pic shows the more wild site of the lake you can encounter when walking around, still good places to have a...more
16 Reviews and Opinions
the gardens and walkways around the Abbey, serenety, peace and quiet.
although the Monks work hart on the fields and the gardens, gardencenter and an artshop contribute to the self-evicency and independens of the Abbey from the outside world.the Monks also have the fishing rights of the Lake and cows in the lush paddocks.
sitting at the nearby Seehotel, indulging in Coffee and Cake, looking over the Lake, this place rubbs off on you, hart to explain but sure one of the few places left in this world to feel that way
Fondest memory: gegorian chants by the monks, you can even take home on CD
but I do have a story to tell, which actually makes me still giggle when thinking of it.
my first job as young interio decorater was the Monastery in Laach, my Boss pulled the job of, but did not tell the Monks he had a woman in the team
so of we went from Andernach, beautiful drive through the forest, to arrive in the Monastery. getting the gear of the Van into the blessed rooms of the Monks, where no woman should ever set her foot,... well too late I was in.......and out. my male colleges had to start and finish the job