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Engelberg Monastery - our excursion tip
10 Facts about Engelberg Monastery:
- 612 steps
- pilgrimages since 1300
- 1631 Construction of the monastery
- since 1828, Franciscan monks have taken care of the monastery
- since 1916 Pilgrim’s parlour, which was gradually converted and expanded into a tavern with 300 seats
- small shop with souvenirs, bread and specialities
- beautiful Franciscan garden with a chapel of the Virgin Mary
- approx. 100 pilgrimages per year, with approx. 8000 participants
- great wedding location with great view and good parking space
- ideal starting point for hikes or bike tours
The Engelberg steps start about 100 meters after our hotel.
Many of our guests even walk the 612 steps to Engelberg Monastery after dinner. A demanding digestive walk, so to speak.
If we are asked how long it takes to get to the top, our answer is:”Some people make it in 5 minutes, we do it in 10-15 minutes and if you enjoy the ascent, it can take half an hour”.
There’s enough to see. We recommend to take a break from time to time and let your gaze wander down. With every flight of stairs the eye grasps more. More of the valley, more of the place, of the Main loop, of the Odenwald, of the Spessart. Every time we admire the chapels that show Jesus’ Way of the Cross or the angel squadrons that line the way.
Once you have arrived at the top, you will notice the well-kept grounds and this wonderful view of the Maintal valley. Take your time here to feel the tranquillity and enjoy the sensational view.
By the way: over the Main river you can see the village Kleinheubach with the castle of the prince of Löwenstein (the crypt of the Löwenstein family is located in the monastery church).
After a few more steps you reach the church forecourt. From there it is only a few meters to the candle chapel and the Franciscan garden. In 1997/98 the Franciscan community designed this beautiful meditation garden. Its tranquil atmosphere, the Marian candle chapel, the Franciscan fountain and the tables with the sun song of St. Francis, are supposed to invite the visitors to linger quietly.
The church of the Engelberg monastery can be seen not only from the outside, but also from the inside, as well as at their church services on Sundays and sometimes on holidays. Often in the pre-Christmas period a beautiful nativity scene is lovingly built up and exhibited.
For the physical well-being is taken care of!
We recommend to visit the rustic tavern for refreshment. With its guest rooms, it offers space for over 300 people (designed for the disabled). In the new beer garden – in the inner courtyard – another 150 seats are available in good weather. Try the dark monastery beer and a cheese platter or the delicious cake in the afternoon. In the monastery shop visitors can buy many of the specialities, such as the bread from the monastery.
In the past, the Franciscan monks used to manage almost everything themselves. They even brewed the beer themselves. A Franciscan monk still holds the service today. But because of the lack of personnel of the Franciscan monks, more and more diligent helpers were employed in the monastery, who are not monks.
When and for whom?
In principle, the Engelberg Monastery is worth a visit at any time of the year simply because of the fantastic view.
Since you can also drive up by car and there are plenty of parking spaces on site, visitors of all ages can easily reach the monastery.
Pedestrians can also decide from about halfway along the footpath whether they prefer to continue walking along the stairs or a serpentine road.
There is a mixed crowd: ambitious sportsmen, mountain bikers, walkers, hikers, culture lovers, wedding couples, pilgrims, visitors and devotees.
What equipment is required?
Basically, you can leave in everyday clothes. For a subsequent hike, we recommend appropriate clothing and hiking boots. Please don’t forget the camera for great landscape photos.
Opening hours of the Klosterschänke
Summer (1 May to 3 October):
Klosterschänke: 10.00 – 20.00 o’ clock
Monastery shop: 10.00 – 18.00 o’ clock
Winter: (4 October to 30 April):
Klosterschänke: 10.00 – 18.00 o’ clock
Monastery shop: 10.00 – 18.00 o’ clock
Monday is a day off (except if Monday is a holiday).
Company holiday Klosterschänke:
01.11. until 25.11.
On Maundy Thursday, the monastery tavern and shop close at 6 pm. On Good Friday the monastery taverns and shop are closed.
Do you like it sporty?
In spring, a large running event takes place around the Engelberg, the Engelberg Run.
It offers courses for every skill level. From the youngest to the youngest runners, there is the right course for every runner. In a familiar atmosphere, courses ranging from 400 m to demanding 21 km can be completed.
Around Engelberg there is a mountain bike tour with 980 meters of altitude and 30 km of track. Partly with a view of the river Main or the vineyards.
Excursions that can be combined with a visit to Engelberg.
Hike to the Klotzenhof (district of Großheubach with its rustic restaurants and farms), visit to the Maria Hilf Chapel (in the forest, approx. 15-20 minutes walk from the monastery), hike along the red wine hiking trail in the direction of Bürgstadt.
For more information and a suitable hiking map, please contact us.
We hope we have aroused your curiosity. To your vacation. In the rose bush. In Großheubach. On the Franconian red wine trail. In the Spessart. On the Main.