Wehrkirche St. Michael
Wehrkirche St. Michael
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Karen V
Tampa, FL3,035 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
I am so happy to finally see this church listed in Tripadvisor. One of the highlights of our Danube River excursion would have to be the visit to Wehrkirche St. Michael in the town of Weißenkirchen. It's a beautiful church in a picturesque setting. Part of the church dates back to the 10th century. There is also a fortified part of the church that was built in the 15th century. The interior is worth a look as well. Do go to the underground ossuary if it's open. The first reviewer described it perfectly. I was unable to get to it from the inside, but there is a window on the lower part of the church wall that will allow you to see the collection place of the bones. I took a picture from that window (not a very good one), but it does show you some detail of the ossuary.

A part of the church that people don't notice right away is the outer roof of the nave. There are seven rabbits carved out of stone. It's unique to this church. There is a legend tied to the 7 stone rabbits of St. Michael that sit on top of that roof. If you look very closely, you'll see five of them in the picture that I took from the river boat. It's a sight to see up close. The legend says that these rabbits climbed up to the roof on a cold winter's day. They fell asleep. The snow had melted when they awoke from their sleep but they couldn't find a way back down (so they remain there today). How cute is that?

There is also a beautiful view of the Danube River from the church cemetery. It was so peaceful! It was one of my favorite stops along the Danube. There is so much beauty in this village. Don't miss it!
Written August 21, 2016
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Roberto
Austria400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Short Stopp for this church is nice. You can step up in the tower and have a nice view around. Entry is free.
Written August 20, 2020
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AnglophileItalophile
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
The foundations of this atmospheric little fortified Gothic church date to the 10th century, though most of what is visible now dates to the 1500s: it was once the only church in the whole Donau region, so its historic importance is great, and its charm considerable. Others have described the round tower and the ossuary, and the carved animals on the roof beam, but one of the other distinctive things about this church is the really excellent audio-visual "tour" of the church. It's coin-operated from the gate closing off the nave, and well worth the 2 euros to hear the clever descriptions of the altarpiece and the history of the place (in German and English).
Written May 9, 2017
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Jo K
Worcester, UK8,796 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Passing by on our ARosa Bella river cruise. This is the oldest church in the valley region. I had no idea Austria 🇦🇹 produced so much wine.
Written October 1, 2022
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DanM82119
Arvada, United States20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Great history in this area. This church was but in the 800's! Great stop in the Wachau,the wine growing region of Austria.
Written October 8, 2019
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Sue
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
If you're on the Radweg, you cycle right by this lovely old church dating back to the 10th century. It's worth a quick stop to check out the ornate interior and the peaceful cemetery.
Written July 5, 2019
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AlexKayv
Amsterdam, The Netherlands240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Some interesting info to acquire, very well preserved, open for visitation almost in every annex even climb to the top where there is a great view
Stop for a visit if you are in the area
Written August 8, 2017
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Happy Traveller
Sydney, Australia8,556 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Always enjoy visiting old chapels. Lovely winding path to get up. View was amazing and a funny path back down. Centre of town
Written August 7, 2016
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Sunny Dr
Alexandria, VA1,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
In the middle of the Wassau valley stands this church that is one of the oldest in Europe. Quite pretty and a must stop if you are cycling the Danube
Written October 21, 2019
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richard g
Portland, OR749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This is the oldest church in Austria with the oldest organ in Europe, in a tiny village of 17 homes that take such good care of this church as well as their farms, vineyards, and families. So glad we visited.
Written July 12, 2019
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