Bamberg Travel Tip:
Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg

Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg
Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg

Michaelsberg Abbey or Michelsberg Abbey, also St. Michael's Abbey, Bamberg (German: Kloster Michaelsberg or Michelsberg) is a former Benedictine monastery in Bamberg in Bavaria, Germany. After its dissolution in 1803 the buildings were used for the almshouse Vereinigte Katharinen- und Elisabethen-Spital, which is still there as an old people's home. The former abbey church remains in use as the Michaelskirche.


After the creation of the Bishopric of Bamberg by Emperor Henry II, the first Bishop of Bamberg, Eberhard I, founded the abbey in 1015 as the bishop's private monastery. Accordingly the abbot answered directly to the bishop of Bamberg, and to no-one else. The monks for the new establishment were drawn from Amorbach Abbey and Fulda Abbey.

The chronicler and author Frutolf of Michelsberg was prior here until his death in 1103. The abbey flourished under Bishop Otto (d. 1139), whose burial in the abbey church and subsequent canonisation in 1189, together with the papal protection granted to the abbey in 1251, was of enormous advantage in increasing the independence of the abbey from the bishops. The award to the abbots of the pontificalia had taken place some time before 1185. The abbey's financial status rested securely upon its great ownership of lands in 441 places in the bishopric.

In 1435 the abbey came into conflict with the townspeople of Bamberg and was plundered. It also suffered during the German Peasants' War of 1525, the Franconian Margrave War (Markgräflerkrieg) in the 1550s and from an occupation of several years' duration by the Swedish army during the Thirty Years' War. In the 17th and 18th centuries the abbey recovered, and enjoyed a new period of prosperity.

By the time of the secularisation of Bavaria of 1802 the abbey still owned substantial property in Bamberg itself as well as estates in no fewer than 141 places in the surrounding area. On 30 November 1802 Bavarian troops confiscated the abbey's assets. Valuable books were removed to the library of the Bavarian court, the predecessor of the present Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The 24 monks then resident were obliged to leave the monastery. The abbey buildings passed into the possession of the city of Bamberg, who by popular request transferred into them the old almshouses from the city centre; these are still located there.

[ Source:,_Bamberg ]

Address: Bamberg
Tags: Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg, Kloster Michelsberg, Bamberg, abbey

Location of Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg

Have a question about Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg? Ask a local resident for special Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg insider tips ...

In case you have a specific question for Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg or would like a Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg insider tip from one of our local property owners and Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg experts. Simply add your question and enter your email address. You will typically receive responses from us soon, in many cases within less than 24 hours! Please note: We do not share your email address with with anyone. Responses will solely be sent from us.

Thanks for submitting your question about Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg.
Thanks for submitting your question to Live Like a German. We have currently one local expert assigned to Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg.

Thanks for submitting your question to Live Like a German. We have currently more than local experts assigned to Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg.

 I would like to also receive an occasional Live Like a German newsletter with special travel tips (at most once a month) and last minute Germany travel deals.

Previously asked Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg questions and answers:

Here is a list of Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg questions that were already answered by our local residents and property owners. Please browse through them. In case you still have a question that is not answered here please use the form above.

Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?

Are there any cultural highlights, museums?

Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?

Good restaurants for dinner?

Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.

Things can do to make it a fun and memorable evening?

How to get around and find best means of local transportation?

Where to find good quality groceries?

Are there any special local events?

Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?

Are there any points of interest or local attractions?

"My fiancé and I would like to get married in Bamberg. Is it possible to get married in Michaelsberg Abbey? If so, can you please advise on what procedures must be followed? Vielen Dank, Gary" (posted 07/10/2015)

I am sorry I don't know, I think you should ask tourism office.
Answer provided by Maria Chica Campalans on 07/10/2015
This answer is helpful
As far as I know it is not possible to get married in the church, because the church is not accessible due to serious static problems for security reasons. Please would even in the city (registry office) ask. Here's a link to the things that are necessary for a marriage in Bamberg: Best regards and good luck! Marina Scheinost As far as I know, it's not possible to get in the marrie Abby right now, Because the church is closed for security reasons (static problems have to be solved before reopening for the public). But, please ask at the town Adminsitration, as I can not speak for them. I hope the link will help! Best wishes Marina Scheinost
Answer provided by Marina Scheinost on 07/10/2015
This answer is helpful
Hi Gary, unfortunately I can not answer the question completely. I can recommend you the page of the Bamberg Tourist zubesuchen information for all information about your planned wedding., or to watch the wedding flyer of Bamberg. Many greetings from sunny Bamberg sends you Harald Albert
Answer provided by Harald Albert on 07/11/2015
This answer is helpful

What are good places to go for shopping?

Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?

Questions around the weather, different seasons, ...

More Bamberg Travel Tips


Bamberg, located in Bavaria, sits on the Regnitz River and is one of the few cities in Germany that was not destroyed by World War II bombings. The Old Town of Bamberg is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, primarily because of its authentic medieval…

Related: Bamberg travel guide

Where to stay in Bamberg?

We have a collection of charming and inviting vacation rentals in Bamberg.

Ask a Local for special travel insider tips!

We make it easy for you to post your travel questions and get them answered by local residents and our property owners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This way you get unqiue travel tips, personalized to your needs. Just type in your destination in the search box and go to your desired destination guide. From there look for the "Ask a Local" box, type in your question and submit. Typically you'll get 2-3 responses within less than 24 hours.

Download free eBook: 10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation!

Download free eBook: 10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation!Register for our free monthly Germany travel newsletter and download as a gift this valuable eBook: "10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation" - written by Bettina Kraft, owner of the Live Like a German site.
[ + ] More Details

Germany Travel Tips & Recommendations: