Windberg Abbey

Windberg, Germany

Windberg Abbey was founded by Count Albert I of Bogen with the assistance of Bishop Otto of Bamberg on the site of the original seat of the Counts of Bogen. Initially it was not a specifically Premonstratensian foundation, but was transferred to the order as an already established community between 1121 and 1146. The quire of the church was dedicated in 1142 by Heinrich Zdik, Bishop of Olmütz, in the presence of Count Albert. Duke Vladislav II of Bohemia secured the endowment of the monastery by granting it the properties of Schüttenhofen (now Sušice) and Albrechtsried.

The foundation was dedicated in honour of the Virgin Mary and in 1146 raised to the status of an abbey. After the extension of the abbey church it was dedicated on 28 November 1167 by the Premonstratensian abbot of Leitomischl (now Litomyšl) and Johannes IV, bishop of Olmütz.

The abbey was secularised and dissolved during the secularisation of Bavaria in 1803. The church became a parish church and the abbot's house the residence of the parish clergy. The monastic buildings passed into private ownership, and from 1835 were used for a brewery.

In 1923 the monastic community was re-established here by Premonstratensians from Berne-Heeswijk Abbey in the Netherlands. As of 2005, 33 Premonstratensian canons live in Windberg.

The church is a three-aisled basilica with transept. It mostly originates from the 12th century and shows the influence of Hirsau Abbey. The monumental chief portal is especially impressive; the north portal is somewhat simpler. The tower, built in the 13th century, received its present form as recently as 1750 - 1760.

The Baroque high altar was made between 1735 and 1740, and contains a statue of the Virgin from about 1650. The pulpit dates from 1674. The stucco work in the church interior was created by Mathias Obermayr, who also made the four extremely detailed side-altars, two of which are dated 1756.



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Founded: 1121-1146
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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Leo Muhr (2 months ago)
Got sick beds are bad food was atrocious and wifi was bad and had to make some kake all the time was so boring
v (5 months ago)
Hello, the beds are extremely hard and the showers only have cold water and they are much too small. Kettle from 1870 and boils the water extremely dangerous man, it splashes up and stuff. Everyone suddenly gets some plague (disease). The food was quite acceptable, however sometimes there wasn't enough variety.
Aldi (7 months ago)
We were forbidden to eat on the last day, brown water came out of the tap and there was a dead zone in every corner. The store isn't that bad, but the ambiance is also lacking.
Sauer Helmut (11 months ago)
Very nice church with a beautiful ceiling painting and, above all, not overcrowded like the Bogenberg
Falko W. (2 years ago)
A very beautiful baroque church in Windberg... It has recently been renovated and also installed floor and seat heating... It is definitely worth a visit if you want to take a trip to the Bavarian Forest... It's also next to the Musikanten Schänke, a cafe where you can also get the Windberger cream puffs...that's also worth a visit...
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