Thursday 1st August 2019

Holy Places Visited

  • Church, Riedenburg
  • Mariä Himmelfahrt Kirche [“Mary’s Assumption Church”], Kelheim
  • Ottokapelle [“Otto’s Chapel”], Kelheim (exterior)
  • Kloster Weltenburg [“Monastery of Weltenburg”], near Kelheim

Distance Travelled

Approximately 24½ km (15 miles) on boats and approximately 5 km (3 miles) on foot.


After visiting Riedenburg’s church, I caught a boat downstream on the Rhein-Main-Donau-Kanal to the town of Kelheim. Here I visited the grand church dedicated to Saint Mary’s Ascension to Heaven and a chapel dedicated to Saint Otto of Bamberg.

I then caught another boat heading westwards on the Donau (Danube) river to the beautiful Monastery of Weltenburg, also known as Weltenburg Abbey. Here they have one of the most ornate churches I have ever seen, dedicated to Saint George. Among it’s many impressive features are golden artworks of the Archangels Gabriel, Michael, Raphael and Uriel.

I also visited the Frauenbergkapelle [“Lady’s Mountain Chapel”] within the Monastery grounds, which seemed to be closed for restoration works, before returning by boat to Kelheim.

The boat trips taken on this day have been carbon-offsetted.