11 Churches in Bavaria that you should visit - With photos & details

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11 Churches to explore in Bavaria

Bavaria has a unique culture, largely because of the state's former Catholic majority and conservative traditions. Bavarians have traditionally been proud of their culture, which includes a language, cuisine, architecture, and festivals. The state also has the second-largest economy among the German states by GDP.

AsamkircheSendlinger Str. 32, 80331 München, Germany

Built from 1733 to 1746 by the brothers, sculptor Egid Quirin Asam, and painter Cosmas Damian Asam as their private church. It is considered to be one of the most important buildings of the southern German Late Baroque. The church was built without an order, as a private chapel for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of the builders.

Bamberg CathedralDomplatz, 96049 Bamberg, Germany

Founded in 1002 by Emperor Heinrich II and consecrated in 1012. After the first two cathedrals burned down in the 11th and 12th centuries, the current structure with four large towers, was built in the 13th century. The church contains many works of art, including the marble tomb of the founder and his wife, the Empress Kunigunde.

Church of Our LadyHauptmarkt 14, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany

An example of brick Gothic architecture, it was built on the initiative of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor between 1352 and 1362. Numerous works of art from the Middle Ages are kept in the church.

Ettal AbbeyKaiser-Ludwig-Platz 1, 82488 Ettal, Germany

A Benedictine monastery in the village of Ettal. The Abbey is one of the largest Benedictine houses and is a major attraction. The monastery runs a brewery, a distillery, a bookstore, an art publishing house, a hotel, a cheese factory joint venture, and several smaller companies.

FrauenkircheFrauenplatz 12, 80331 München, Germany

Because of local height limits, the church towers of Frauenkirche are widely visible in Munich. City administration prohibits buildings with a height exceeding 99 m in the city, and as a result, no buildings may be built in the city over the aforementioned height. The south tower, which is normally open to those wishing to climb the stairs, will offer a unique view of Munich and the nearby Alps after its current renovation is completed. Both the towers are approximately 99 meters in height.

St Bartholomew's Church83471 Schönau am Königssee, Germany

A Roman Catholic pilgrimage church named after Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, patron of alpine farmers and dairymen. It can only be reached by ship or after a long hike across the surrounding mountains.

St. LorenzLorenzer Pl. 1, 90402 Nürnberg, Germany

A medieval church of the former free imperial city of Nuremberg, one of the most prominent churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. The building and furnishing of the church was cared of by the city council and by wealthy citizens. The west facade, dominated by the two towers is richly articulated, reflecting the wealth of the Nuremberg citizens.

St. Michael's ChurchNeuhauser Str. 6, 80333 München, Germany

Consecrated in 1597, it is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. The style of the building had an enormous influence on Southern German early Baroque architecture. The crypt contains among others the tombs of many members of the Wittelsbach dynasty.

St. Peter's ChurchRindermarkt 1, 80331 München, Germany

A Roman Catholic parish church in the inner city of Munich. Its 91-meter (299 ft) tower is commonly known as "Alter Peter" (Old Pete) and is emblematic of Munich. It is the oldest recorded parish church in Munich and presumably the originating point for the whole city.

St. Sebaldus ChurchWinklerstraße 26, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany

One of the most important churches of Nuremberg city, and also one of the oldest. It takes its name from Sebaldus, an 8th-century hermit and missionary and patron saint of Nuremberg.

Weltenburg AbbeyAsamstraße 32, 93309 Kelheim, Germany

A Benedictine monastery situated on a peninsula in the River Danube. According to tradition, the abbey was founded in 617 and is believed to be the oldest monastery in Bavaria. Weltenburg Abbey brewery operated in the monastery is one of the oldest monastic brewery in the world, having been in operation since 1050.