Linz and Wilhering Abbey
We spend the morning in Linz – our tour will include the Danube, the old part of the city as well as Martinskirche, which dates back to the 8th century. We end the morning celebrating the Eucharist at Martin Luther Church.
After a lunch break, we drive towards Wilhering and take our second walk along the Jacobsweg – the path takes us through dense forests ending up at the monastery of Stift Wilhering – the collegiate 12th century Cistercian Abbey.
Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria. It is located in the north centre of Austria, on both sides of the River Danube. In 2009 Linz, together with the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, was chosen as the European Capital of Culture. Since December 1, 2014 Linz is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities (UCCN) network as a City of Media Arts. Cities receive this title for enriching the urban lifestyle through the sponsorship and successful integration of media art and involving society in these electronic art forms.
Linz is well known for the Linzer torte, which is said to be the oldest cake in the world, with its first recipe dating from 1653.
The Cistercian abbey of Wilhering, just west of the capital Linz was founded in 1146 to support mission work and cultivating the lands around the Danube. Typical for a monastery in the region, it bloomed in the later Middle Ages and messed things up after 1500: Wilhering lost much of its economic confidence and the moral standards dropped. Around 1600, the monastery recovered. In 1733, it burnt down due to arson by a maid. The church and abbot′s house were re-built until 1751. In 1895, a school was founded by the monastery that continues until today. In the 1970ies, the famous Rococo church was refurbished and its rich frescos and stucco work make it an attractive destination – although the church is the only part of the monastery that is open for visitors.