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“Wouldn't Even Know It Was There”
Review of Maria Laach Abbey

Maria Laach Abbey
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Glees
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Falcon, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
228 reviews
150 attraction reviews
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“Wouldn't Even Know It Was There”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

This is a fun stop just to stretch your legs. It's a little off the beaten path, but worth the time. Nothing too spectacular, but fun to see.

Visited October 2012
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“A Hidden Jewel - a Benedictine Abbey with shops and dinner”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

I was fortunate to visit the Maria Laach Abbey in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany for a spiritual retreat. This is an hidden jewel of a place. Historically the Abbey is 900 years old and is run by Benedictine Monks. There are 49 monks and an additional 150 workers who provide self-supporting services. They have an organic farm, an apple grove (12,000 trees), a metal works shop, a gardening shop, artists in painting, ceramics, metal work and sculpture, wine making. The abbey is beautiful, well taken care of and we were able to view a 20 minute DVD on its history and a typical day in the life of a father (priest) and brother(artisan) of the order. They pray/sing 4x a day, work about the monastery, have prayer and mediation time and even a nap! They have a women's order also. The oldest monk is in his 90's. I was able to listen to them sing Gregorian chant in latin for Vespers (glorious) (5PM) and later a noon service sung in German. It is inspiring. The monks were very open to questions about their lives. They live simply but not sparsely, see their families, go on holidays but live at this monastery for their entire lives. They are even given singing lessons so they can learn to sing Gregorian chant. The young monks/novices give 5 years of a testing time before the monastery votes on whether then can be accepted into the order. If 30% or more of the members do not think they are ready or appropriate they will not be able to join. Next to the Abbey is a very good hotel (4 star) with excellent rates. The food is well presented but very rich. I prefer the simple restaurant next door. Great and exceptional gifts can be found on the grounds. The garden shop has many plants that are reasonably priced. They will wrap your gifts if you ask. I shopped for Christmas! I would not recommend it for young children but for couples, friends and even to go solo. I loved it and will go again.

Visited August 2012
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“Beautiful church in beautiful area”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Definitely worth seeing. The inside of the church is quite stunning and understated. The whole complex is quite nice...nice garden and flower shop. Not much to buy at any of the stores that you would say is on sale per se. The lake next to the Abbey was the only disappointing thing; no shoreline to it at all. It's nice to look at, and you can walk or run around the entire thing, that's about it.

Visited July 2012
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Larbert, United Kingdom
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“Maria Laach Abbey”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

This a beautiful Abbey in beautiful surroundings. The church is beautful and so peaceful with the opportunity for prayer and meditaion. Iti s a glorious building. The surroundings are lovely and there is a garden centre and cafeteria.

Visited May 2012
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Newbury, England
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“Lovely church, but nothing else to see”
Reviewed August 26, 2011

The info we had seen prior to our visit told us of the metalworking done here, etc and implied that we would see this being done. But what you see is the church --big, stunning and romanesque, worth seeing, but not what our sons wanted to see (they were all churched out as they put it)

Good restaurant, garden centre and gift shop.

Visited August 2011
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