Abbey Waldsassen

Nestled in the serene Bavarian countryside, Waldsassen Abbey is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and a testament to Germany's rich monastic history. This age-old spiritual retreat beckons visitors with its sublime artistry and tranquil surroundings. Read more

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Founded in 1133, Waldsassen Abbey (Kloster Waldsassen) stands as one of the most significant Cistercian monasteries in Bavaria. It underwent various phases of construction, with its present Baroque appearance dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The abbey church, adorned with opulent stucco work and stunning frescoes, is a highlight, showcasing intricate detailing that is a visual treat for art and architecture lovers.
Beyond the church, the abbey's library is a focal point, housing a rich collection of medieval manuscripts and incunabula. With an exquisite ceiling fresco and artistically crafted wooden shelves, the library itself is a work of art. Adjacent to the library is the 'Holy Chapel,' a gem of Baroque architecture.
Waldsassen Abbey is also renowned for its beautiful gardens, particularly the Baroque terraced garden that embodies tranquility. Today, while the abbey remains a hub of spiritual life, it also engages in ecological and cultural activities, fostering a deep connection between faith, art, and nature.
Waldsassen Abbey, with its harmonious blend of spirituality, history, and natural beauty, serves as an oasis of peace in the heart of Bavaria.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Abbey Waldsassen

Stiftland Museum

Located within the abbey, this museum sheds light on the rich cultural history of the Waldsassen region.

The Basilica of the Assumption

Adjacent to the abbey, this magnificent church boasts ornate interiors and a towering presence.

The Abbey Gardens

A lush, terraced paradise that provides moments of reflection and appreciation of nature's beauty.

Glasgrün Nature Reserve

A tranquil reserve nearby, perfect for peaceful strolls and observing local flora and fauna.

Capuchin Monastery, Waldsassen

Another spiritual retreat, this monastery offers a simpler architectural style, contrasting the opulence of Waldsassen Abbey.

Waldsassen's Historic Town Center

Wander through charming streets and appreciate the blend of traditional and modern Bavarian culture.

Kappl Sanctuary

Located nearby, this pilgrimage church is a remarkable example of Rococo architecture.

Steinwald Nature Park

A bit further afield, this park offers hiking trails, picturesque views, and a glimpse of the region's natural beauty.

The Waldsassener Kasten

Once the abbey's granary, it now functions as a cultural center and hosts various events.

Tirschenreuth Pond Landscape

A scenic region dotted with ponds, ideal for bird-watching and leisurely walks.

What else to visit
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Flossenburg concentration camp (29.82 km)

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Bayreuth (53.62 km)

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