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Basilica, Cistercian Monastery and Library

Address: Basilikaplatz 2, 95652 Waldsassen, Bavaria, Germany
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Waldsassen
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural

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San Diego, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Great carvings and paintings. Historically very interesting and only 3 Euro for a guided tour. Slippers are provided to save the beautiful hardwood floors.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What more could one want! Plus delicious gelato from a shop a couple of hundred yards from the church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

My husband, our two children (ages 1 & 4 years) and myself visited the Basilica, Cistercian Monastery & Library and loved every bit of it. My mother-in-law is planning a trip to visit us and we're going to bring her here. Definitely a place you don't want to miss. So beautiful.

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Boston, Massachusetts
14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Ask for the English guidebook, which costs a couple of Euros. It will tell you all the up to date info. I've been here dozens of times since I was a kid, and it amazes me more each time. Don't forget the library, with the carvings by Riemenschneider, the Michelangelo of woodcarvers. Just a warning: The Basilica has skeletons of... More 

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14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Not to be missed: the glass coffins containing fully-clothed skeletons inside the basilica and the adjacent monastery library with its wonderfully carved wooden figures and balustrades. And if you're lucky somebody will be playing the church organ...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Very close to the Czech border, in the little Bavarian town of Waldsassen, is the Cistercian abbey which dates from 1133. The "modern" buildings you can see today date from the period 1681-1721. There are two reasons to stop in Waldsassen: the Basilica and the Library. The library, completed in 1721, was originally built in the 17th century, but was... More 

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