Limburg Abbey Ruins

Bad Dürkheim, Germany

In the 9th century, the Salian Dukes from Worms built a fortress on the Linthberg as their family seat. In the early 11th century, the fortress was converted into a Limburg monastery with a basilica. It existed until the mid-16th century, today impressive ruins remains.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Ottonian Dynasty (Germany)

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victoria magdefrau (15 months ago)
Nice. Took a picture, when I got home. I looked at the picture s. In one of the windows the was a hand with a glove on and it moved away. My I phone caught it. The doors were locked into the tower. Explain that???????
william leslie (2 years ago)
Cool place to check out. Nice lawn on the back side to picnic. Resturant and separate drink stand during Non COVID times. Public restrooms on site as well.
star one (2 years ago)
Lovely food and atmosphere but prices are bit steep!
Lars Borger (2 years ago)
Fantastic place and fantastic food - classic dishes with a nice spin.
Konstantin Dunaev (2 years ago)
Nice place quick visit. Parking lot is just a few meters away.
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