Relaxation and Culture in Ottobeuren

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Ottobeuren's Benedictine Abbey
Ottobeuren's Benedictine Abbey

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About 45 minutes west of the Romantic Road sits the Ottobeuren (Ottobeuren vacation rentals | Ottobeuren travel guide), which is home to an impressive Benedictine Abbey. This abbey is the main highlight of Ottobeuren and the biggest baroque monastery in the world. At 480m long, with 80m-tall towers it is certainly worth stopping to explore while on a trip through Bavaria. In addition, this village of about 8,000 inhabitants provides a peaceful and healthy atmosphere.

The Abbey was founded in 764 and dedicated to St. Alexander the martyr. Conrad of Ottobeuren was abbot here from 1193 until his death in 1227. The Abbey was twice destroyed by fire, once in 1153 and again in 1217. After a difficult time financially it began to flourish again in the mid 1500s under Abbot Leonard Wiedemann. Today the Abbey is alive and well. With its weekly Saturday concerts, the Ottobeuren Abbey has one of the richest music programs in Bavaria. The Abbey's famous organs, including the masterpiece double organ created by Karl Joseph Riepp, make for particularly moving musical pieces. In fact, this organ is one of the most historic in all of Europe.

After your tour of the main Basilica, pop around back of the Abbey where you will find a klostercafe and a little shop where you can buy local honey. The gallery and museum will complete your visit of the Abbey. The basilica is open from 09.00 a.m. until sunset daily, but only 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. on Thursdays. From Palm Sunday to All Saint's Day the museum is open daily from 10-noon and then again from 2pm-5pm.

Aside from the charms of the Abbey, Ottobeuren offers opportunity for walking, biking, golfing, tennis, squash, and horseback riding. In fact, Ottobeuren is known as “Kneipp-Land”, after Sebastian Kneipp, who is considered to be the father of modern holistic therapy. The area offers plenty of chances to experience a Kneipp cure. There is also a lovely golf course, the Allgäuer Golf and Landclub, just outside the main town of Ottobeuren.

How to get there: Ottobeuren is about 1 hour west of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) by car, near the city of Memmingen (Memmingen vacation rentals | Memmingen travel guide). Bus 955 travels to Ottobeuren from Memmingen a few times daily, and from Memmingen you can get connections to Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide).

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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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