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“venerable tiny church on the danube: not to be missed”

Wehrkirche St. Michael
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed May 9, 2017

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).

Thank Deborah D
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Reviewed August 21, 2016

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!

Thank KarenV87
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Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Always enjoy visiting old chapels. Lovely winding path to get up. View was amazing and a funny path back down. Centre of town

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