Travelling to Bavaria



I’m taking one of my daughters to Bavaria in early March of this year. Can someone direct me to a good Catholic travel guide who might be able to give a private tour of the Abbaye d’Ottobeuren west of Neuschwanstein Castle.

In Christ,



I hope you have a wonderful trip :slight_smile: Unfortunately, I haven’t a clue about the travel guide question though.


I’ll be there in March too! :thumbsup: I’ll be with my husband - finally - as he will be home on R&R from Iraq :smiley:

Sorry, don’t know of anyone that can give you a private tour, though. Anywhere else you plan on visiting?


I “googled” on “Kloster Ottobeuren” and chose the “translate this page” option. Here is a link to the hours of the abbey:

Considering the abbey is Benedictine and in Bavaria (which is very Catholic), almost anyone who gave you a tour would be Catholic. Most German towns have an tourist information office that can help you. As long as you go when the abbey is open, you probably will get a tour in English. You can also purchase an English language (or French, if that is your first language) guide book at the abbey or in the town so that you can take a self-guided tour.

I am not familiar with Ottobeuren so I checked my Germany tour books. I don’t know how I missed it in my travels. It was founded in 764 under Charlemagne and was transformed into a Baroque jewel in the 18th century.


Hmmm, I have been to the area many times and haven’t heard of it. Go with the link that ReginaNova gave.

On the secular side, go to see the Neuschwanstein Castle, but I recommend taking in the view just from the outside. In my opinion, it wasn’t worth the tour on the inside. Unless this is the only castle you will be seeing, I would skip it.


I have been to Neuschwanstein twice. I thought it was well worth it. It is a unique castle.


The Kloster will have a tour in English, I would think. If not there would be information in English for sale there. Read some history books. google ‘Kloster Ottobeuron’. I have some brief descriptions of it, but I’ll have to go look on my shelf.

Neuschwanstein is breathtaking in its setting. Hopefully, it won’t rain. The inside was not fully finshed. King Ludwig loved Wagnerian opera. The rooms are decorated in mosaics of characters from the operas. It is actually a ‘fake castle’ since it was built in the 19th century and never used as a fortification.
Burg Eltz in Nordrhein-Westfalen south of Bonn near the Mosel River is my favorite castle. It is still owned by the family and it is old and very picturesque.
Altoetting is a beautiful Benedictine abbey and pilgrimage church in Bavaria. Devotees of the Old Mass make a pilgrimage in June every year to the miraculous image there.
Herrenchiemsee is another Ludwig castle.
In Munich, not far from the Rathaus, Blessed Rupert Mayer lies awaiting the Resurrection. Also, the relics of Sts. Cyril and Methodius are there in Munich. The books Relics, the Incorruptibles and Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Caroll Cruz are the best guide books for Catholics.
I visited a hermit once in Bavaria. i’d like to be one, too, if I could live there in such beauty.


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