We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Scary sarcophagus and amazing wood carvings” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica, Cistercian Monastery and Library

Basilica, Cistercian Monastery and Library
Basilikaplatz 2, 95652 Waldsassen, Bavaria, Germany
Improve this listing
Attraction details
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Scary sarcophagus and amazing wood carvings”
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...

Visited October 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

17 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
33 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in northeastern Bavaria!”
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 renovated into what you can see now: one of the most beautiful rococco rooms in the world. The full-sized wooden sculptures of the deadly sins and vices are worth the trip alone! Very cheap admission price, and if you don't speak German, ask the lady selling tickets for an info-sheet in English. (The info-sheet has all of the necessary details about the library you'll need.)

The abbey church was completed in 1704, and was elevated to the papal title of "basilica minor" in 1969 by Pope John XXIII. This church, done in typical, very flamboyant rococco style, is a wonder to see. Highly recommended visit here, for sure! No admission to the church! It's especially beautiful at Christmas time,when the snow outside, and all the greenery in the church, make for a fairy-tale setting.

If you're traveling between Munich or Nuremberg, and Berlin or Dresden, or you're driving to Prague, Waldsassen is well worth a few hours of your time. The Cistercian sisters that still live in the convent here also have a brand-new guest house and coffee shop (both with very reasonable prices too!)

Visited August 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Basilica, Cistercian Monastery and Library also viewed

Flossenburg, Upper Palatinate
Waldsassen, Upper Palatinate

Been to Basilica, Cistercian Monastery and Library? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Basilica, Cistercian Monastery and Library, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.