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Walhalla Regensburg - A Magnificent Gothic Cathedral in Germany

Walhalla Regensburg - A Magnificent Gothic Cathedral in Germany
Gothic Cathedral

The Walhalla Regensburg Germany is in Bavaria and houses 130 busts as well as 65 plaques that honor two millennium of German history. Valhalla was the Norse heaven for slain warriors, and Walhalla was refers to that name, but the temple honors scientists, clerics, artists and writers as well as warriors.

The Parthenon above the Danube

Walhalla Regensburg Germany was begun by King Ludwig I, King of Bavaria in 1830 and completed 12 years later. The architect was Leo von Klenze. The king wanted it to be modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, Greece complete with friezes on the northern and southern sides. The northern frieze has scenes from the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD and the southern frieze shows the creation of the German confederation in 1815.

Common Germanic Heritage

King Ludwig I selected the first to be honored in the temple and had busts created. When Walhalla Regensburg was inaugurated on October 18, 1842, 96 statue busts were completed as well as 64 plaques. The king included people who were of the German tongue such as people from Austria, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, United Kingdom, Russia, Netherlands, Baltic States and Switzerland. The famous Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was one of the first to be installed.

Anyone can propose a person for entry into the temple, but new entrees must have been dead for at least 20 years. Before 1912, the time was 10 years. Since the Walhalla Regensburg temple opened in 1842, there have been 31 new busts. Of the 191 people commemorated, twelve are women.

Who is in the Temple

There are many ancient kings represented as well as painters such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Holbein, Anthony van Dyck, Albrecht Durer as well as composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Wagner, Handel and Haydn. There are also great leaders and statesmen such as Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Clovis I, Catherine II of Russia as well as ground breaking scientist including Justus von Liebig, Johannes Muller, Mendel. Great writers are included such as Erasmus of Rotterdam, Goethe, Heinrich Heine and Edith Stein, a philosopher and saint.

This is just a small example of the eminent people represented in the sanctuary. There have been two recent additions, Sophie Scholl and Widerstand both of whom fought against Nazi Germany. The most ancient person honored in the temple is Arminius, born in 17 BC who was the victor of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD.

How to get there:

Address: Walhalla Strasse 48, Phone +49 (0) 09403 / 961 680 - email: wal.ver@t-online.de

Important information for visitors:

  • Closed on August, 1st and July, 28th.
  • Opening times and access during construction and renovation work. Ongoing construction and renovation work does not affect access or opening times in any way.
  • April - September: 9 am - 5.45 pm
  • October: 9 am - 4.45 pm November - March, 10 am - 11.45 am 1 pm - 3.45 pm
  • Closed on the following days: 24th, 25th and 31st December Shrove Tuesday

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Address: Walhalla Strasse 48, Regensburg
Tags: Danube, Gothic Cathedral, Germanic Heritage


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