This summer we spent time with some good friends visiting Kelheim, Germany. We went specifically to go on a boat cruise to see the carved rocks of the “Weltenburg Narrows” of the Danube river. And it did not disappoint!
One of the most famous points of Weltenburg is the Abbey established in 617. Weltenburg Abbey was founded by the Hiberno-Scottish monks Eustasius and Agilus of Luxeuil following the rules of St. Columba. In 1803 the Abbey is dissolved during secularization. And in 1913, Weltenburg becomes an abbey again. Main functions of the Abbey are the parish pastoral care (of four parishes) and the accommodation of guests in St. George’s guesthouse.
Currently, the Weltenburg Abbey houses 14 monks; since 1998 Thomas Maria Freihart is abbot. The Abbey buildings are highly flood-prone due to their immediate riverside location on the Danube. Between January and October 2006 barriers were built to protect the Abbey from flooding.
We all went on a boat cruise to see the carved rocks of the “Weltenburg Narrows” of the Danube river. And it did not disappoint!
There were boats galore and the our children LOVED seeing them pass by!
There were crosses….and flowers…
Our daughter had a really great time on the boat – it was one of the highlights of her trip.
Hubby’s favorite part was the food…of course…hahahahaha! We ate in the courtyard of the Abbey. The Coke in the photo below was so small, as was the glass. We were laughing so hard when they brought it to the table coupled with his monstrosity of a lunch complete with knife stuck in it!
The children also enjoyed climbing in and out of the little “caves” along all the beautiful rock formations along the river. It was a good day with some great friends!
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