Vilshofen and Schweiklberg Abbey

Vilshofen and Schweiklberg Abbey

The 1,200-year history of the city of Vilshofen can still be seen in many places. Following the large city fire in 1794, renowned master builder Franz Anton Glonner of Burghausen rebuilt the Old Town in the so-called Inn-Salzach style. A distinctive feature of the style is the false gables – horizontally flush façades which conceal the roof timbers. The historic City Tower, which once served as a fire lookout, is a prominent landmark and today houses the city gallery. Built in 1909, Schweiklberg Benedictine Abbey towers above Vilshofen like a mediaeval fortress church. It is certainly one of the most striking works created by Michael Kurz, a young architect from the Bavarian Forest. Kurz brought one of his most unconventional designs to life in the abbey church, a structure inspired by the Art Nouveau while incorporating aspects of the new-Baroque. The library with its well over 40,000 volumes is a treasure trove for the humanities. The abbey seeks to have a beneficial effect through its mission work in Africa, South America and Korea in particular. An Africa museum on the premises is a testament to its work on that continent.

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Stadt Vilshofen an der Donau
Stadtplatz 27
94474 Vilshofen an der Donau
Phone: +49 8541/208-0
info@vilshofen.de