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Basilica, Cistercian Monastery and Library

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Address: Basilikaplatz 2, 95652 Waldsassen, Bavaria, Germany
Phone Number: 09632-88160
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Impressive Basilika

This is a religious sightseeing hotspot you can`t miss. Very impressive. If you have the luck to join a workship - you`ll never forget this atmosphere!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Schirnding
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a religious sightseeing hotspot you can`t miss. Very impressive. If you have the luck to join a workship - you`ll never forget this atmosphere!

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Sokolov, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Wonderful baroque monastery visible from a distance. Beautiful interior. But now the reconstruction of interiors to 2017.

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Drachselsried, Bayerischer Wald
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Europe has a lot of history and the old town of Waldsassen has its Basilica. Started in 1682 and finished in 1704. It is still in use for daily mass. Many concerts have been held here. A must is the old library, with its carved wooden figures. Unfortunately no photos are permitted inside the library. You have to use pantons... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The Basilica and library are the reasons to come to Waldsassen. They are really extraordinary. The library is quite like the one in Heidelberg, But this one in Waldsassen you can actually enter whereas in Heidelberg you must view at a distance from the entrance. Beware that if you are coming to see the jewel encrusted skeletons at the Waldsassen... More 

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San Diego, California
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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
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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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Germany
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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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Germany
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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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