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Kloster Weltenburg (Weltenburg Abbey) is a Benedictine monastery on the river Danube near the city of Kelheim in Bavaria. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620, is considered to be the oldest monastery in Bavaria. It is also famous for its brewery (Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei). The brewery, in operation since 1050 and famous for its dark beer, is the oldest monastery brewery in the world.

Get in

  • Cruise from Kelheim through the scenic part of Danube called "Weltenburg Narrows" or "Danube Gorge".

Get around

Just walk aroud on foot.


  • Baroque St. George Church


  • Sit in the monastery pub and have a dunkel beer or two.
  • Cruise through the beautiful Danube Gorge on the way to or from Kelheim.
  • Spend some time by the watershore along the Danube! Skip a rock or two along the river, see how many hops or how far you can throw. There are plenty of flat stones to be found all along the shoreline in front of the monastery, and on good days people tend to relax and sunbathe along the shores.



The pub in the abbey serves not only beer, but also Bavarian cuisine.


The monastery has a brewery (oldest monastery brewery in the world) and a pub. Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel, the local dark beer, was given the World Beer Award in 2004 as the best Dunkel beer in the world. The beer is strictly brewed to a Bavarian standard of Beer (similar, although not as regionally-restricted, to the classification of "Wine" in France), which can only be made of four ingredients: hops, water, grain, and sometimes yeast. This particular beer has a slightly sweet taste, with a pleaseant aftertaste and a deep, dark colour.



Get out

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