) is a Benedictine
monastery in Weltenburg
on the Danube
The abbey is situated on a peninsula in the Danube, on the so-called "Weltenburg Narrows" or the Donaudurchbruch_bei_Weltenburg
. The monastery, founded by Irish
monks in about 620, is held to be the oldest monastery in Bavaria.
The monastery courtyard is surrounded by Baroque buildings, the highlight of which is the abbey church, dedicated to Saint George, which was built by the Asam Brothers between 1716 and 1739.
The abbey was dissolved in 1803 during the secularisation of Bavaria.
On 25 August 1842
Weltenburg was re-founded as a priory of Metten Abbey
. It has been a member of the Bavarian Congregation
of the Benedictine Confederation
since 1858 and was raised to the status of an independent abbey in 1913.
Besides the traditional duties of hospitality, the abbey has pastoral responsibility for four parishes.
Weltenburg Abbey brewery - Weltenburger Klosterbrauerei
- is the oldest monastery brewery in the world, having been in operation since 1050. The beer "Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel
" was given the World Beer Award in 2004 as the best Dunkel
beer in the world.