Kloster Banz (Banz Monastery)

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Kloster Banz (Banz Monastery)
Kloster Banz (Banz Monastery)

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If you enjoy majestic scenery, beautiful architecture and still want some excitement, come to Kloster (Kloster vacation rentals | Kloster travel guide) Banz!

The former Benedictine monastery was founded in 1070 and has been the oldest monastery on the upper Main until it burned to the ground in 1505 during the Thirty Year War. Kloster Banz took more than a century to rebuild the abbey but when it was finally consecrated in 1719 the new complex exceeded all expectations and is still known as a masterpiece of Baroque design. Due to Secularization the monastery was closed in 1802 and turned into the summer residence of the Bavarian king. From then on Kloster Banz has welcomed a great number of historical figures, such as several Russian tsars, and was a popular meeting point for artists. During the Second World War Kloster Banz was turned into an army hospital and afterwards used as a retirement home for several years until its management decided the estate is too secluded to be attractive as a residence for elderly people. Since the beginning of the 80s Kloster Banz is owned by the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, which uses the former monastery as a modern Education Center.

What actually makes Kloster Banz such a great attraction especially for families with children is the Wald-Klettergarten neighboring the estate. It is am man-made climbing park built into the forest around the monastery, accommodating all skill levels from small children to expert climbers. Come and feel a bit like a modern-day Tarzan swinging from tree to tree or tight-rope-walking ten yards above the ground. But no worries, you are always strapped into a safety harness and have park experts close at hand.

Call for appointments: +49 (0) 9573 - 95 02 74

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Kathrin Wagner

This travel guide has been written by Kathrin Wagner.

She grew up in a small town in Bavaria and then studied Media studies, Literature and History in Erlangen and Munich. As a student she already spent half a year in London and moved back there after graduation in 2006. She is still living in London, where she works in publishing.

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Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Kloster Banz, 96231 Bad Staffelstein, Germany

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Opening Hours

Opening times of the climbing park: open for public from March till end of October, usually from 9am to 5pm

Contact Information

Phone: +49 (0) 9573 - 95 02 74

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