Weyarn in Bayern/ Bavaria

Weyarn is a village about an hour to the south-east of Munich, east of the Mangfalltal, taking the Salzburger Autobahn (highway). It is not spectacular, but the St. Peter and Paul’s church, the monastery founded by the Count of Falkenstein in 1133 and the surroundings are historically interesting.

Unfortunately, one cannot enter the church, there is a glass barrier and bars.

The modern houses in Weyarn present a pleasant contrast to the old monastic building which accomodate the Priory, the Town Hall and the café with its whitewashed vaulted ceilings. The café can be strongly recommended, their cakes are delicious, plum and heavy cream : Zwetschenschmand, apple or cherry crumble, cheese and cream with tangerines : Käsesahne. They also serve lunch tidbits and small meals, such as fresh pasta with chanterelles. There is a large terrace with shady trees or you can sit indoors.

Weyarn is part of a Baroque Route which you can follow throughout Bavaria. Many lovely churches, especially those built by the Asam brothers, are scattered all over.

Cloister Fürstenfeldbruck and the Klosterstüberl

Should you ever be in the vicinity of Munich, you should head out to Fürstenfeldbruck and its Cistercian cloister with its excellent restaurant. It is not far behind the quaint town and there is a good Autobahn and the S-Bahn nearby.

It seems the Duke Louis II “the Severe” had his first wife Maria of Brabant beheaded, because he read the wrong letter, causing him to believe her unfaithful. He therefore had the choice of founding a monastery or some other difficult task. He chose the friary of Cistercians and quickly obtained papal permission in 1256, but could only begin building 9 years later.

During the 30-year war from 1618-48 the abbey was sacked and monks had to flee to Munich. In 1691 however, the new baroque building were entrusted to the famous court architect Viscardi, later to Ettenhofer and the altars and paintings to the unique Asam brothers. At the bottom of the altar the church also features a beautiful Madonna of the Roman-Gothic period in lime wood which used to be on the main altar. There are services every Sunday. The facade was painted with a special, traditional green.

Don’t forget to stop in the restaurant Klosterstüberl. They offer a large variety of Bavarian “slow” food, have won prizes of excellency and their éclairs and cakes are mouth-watering. Bring along a huge appetite or you won’t manage their portions! In the warm season there are various gardening and other markets in the courtyard.