Klosterruine Limburg – Monastery in Bad Durkheim Germany

 

My journey to the Klosterruine Limburg – the Ruins of the Monestery in Bad Durkeim Germany

Thank you for coming back to the next part of a great day we had when we first visited Weisenheim am Berg. As we finished that part of the day we decided to go to a store that one of my colleagues wanted to go to and since it was closer than the Klopp Castle we headed that way first. The store was in Bad Duerkheim, what an unusual name. Bad means bath and the city is a spa town because of the 7 mineral springs. It is called a “Brine Spa” due to the springs.

We stopped before we got to the store we were looking for to look at an interesting restaurant, It is in the shape of a wine Barrel. The largest Barrel I have ever seen. We walked into a souvenir shop where I found a couple of postcards for Cheyenne. After paying for them I asked the gentleman about one of them, his answer was oh it is just down the street. It is called the Limburg Abby.

Photo of a wall of the Klosterruine Limburg - the Ruins of the Monestery in Bad Durkeim Germany. There are a series of three arched windows in the brick wall on the upper level and the roof is gone so you can see the sky through the windows above. Article by rosevinecottagegirls.com
 

The 3 of us looked at each other and our plans changed again. It took a little while to find the proper roads to navigate up to it but we did. After parking and walking up a well-worn dirt path, and passing several elderly people… side note- they do a lot of walking in this country young and old. They have walking paths that go along the roads and even separate bike paths. I see a lot of elderly with walkers on wheels walking down the side of the road going places.

 

This area was settled between 1200 and 500 BC by the Celts. The town was first mentioned in history in June of 778 asTurnesheim. In 1025 the construction of the Abby started. In 1689 the French almost destroyed the city during the Nine Years’ War. We spent over an hour looking at the outside walls the inside of the Abbey which is called a monastery now. They don’t build, buildings like these anymore that is for sure. This impressive ruin is the Klosterruine Limburg.  Long before these stones stood one atop the other Celtic princes back circa 500 BC made these majestic forests their homes and built a fortress here.

 
A black and white photo of the pathway up the hill near the Klosterruine Limburg - the Ruins of the Monestery in Bad Durkeim Germany  by RosevinecottageGirls.com
 
Later in the 9th Century AD the Salian Dukes (Dukes of the Frankish dynasty that all became Emperor’s of the Holy Roman Empire) from Worms, Germany built a castle here on the Linthberg as their family seat to protect them from the Slavs, Normans, and the Hungarians.  When Conrad II (Konrad, son of Otto I) and his wife Gisella (from the line of Charles the Great) took the to the throne on September 8, 1024, he decreed that their family castle be made into a Benedictine Monastery and remained a monastery until the middle of the 16th century.
 
This is what is left of this beautiful place in Bad Durkheim, Germany.  This was also known as the Abbey to the Holy Cross or the Monastery Limburg.
 
Photo of the wall of the ruins of the monestery in Bad Durkheim Germany - Klosterruine Limburg - by RosevineCottageGirls.com
 

This ruin sits like a crown high above the river Isenach and the eastern edge of the magical Palatinate Forest.
 
Princess Guinheld of Denmark was sent here to Germany as a young 5 yr old child sent by her father King Cnut (Canute) of Denmark as a promise and oath of peace on the Danish border to live with the Emperor Conrad II and his consort Gisela of Swabia. She was formally engaged to their son Henry the III during Pentecost in Bamburg, Germany in 1035. They married in Nijmegen, Netherlands in 1036 where she changed her name to her German name Kunigunde.
 

Princess Gunhild of Denmark grave stone photo at the ruins of a monestery in Bad Durkheim Germany.

 
Later, Guinheld was accused of adultery and was sent to trial by combat. When her champion won and she was cleared she disdained the victory and became a nun. Not long after that she and her husband reconciled their relationship.
 
Photograph done in black and white of the Klosterruine Limburg - the Ruins of the Monestery in Bad Durkeim Germany. The photo shows the church brickwork and beautiful arched window openings but the glass is long gone. There is an apse at the far end of the church that is a tall rounded area in the building with a single rounded window There are three windows matching it above the apse.  The roof is missing and the sunlight is filtering down into the building. It is so beautiful and peaceful and rather sad. by RosevineCottageGirls.com
 
In December of 1038, Emperor Conrad was sent to Italy on a campaign.  His wife, Henry and Gunhilda stayed behind but he later sent word that things were not going well and he needed Henry’s assistance.  Gunhilda was pregnant at the time and went with her husband on the campaign.  While in Italy, Gunhilda gave birth to their only child, a daughter named Beatrice ( Beatrice later became the abbess of Quedlinburg and Gandersheim.) Upon their journey home, an epidemic that some say may have been malaria broke out among the soldiers and many died.  Gunhilda and Duke Herman IV of Swabia also contracted the illness and died on the journey.  They carried her body home and buried her here. The photo above is her grave marker.  Her husband Edward was not made King of Germany in her lifetime but after his father, Emperor Conrad died so Gunhilda was never crowned the Queen of Germany.
 
Gunhilda’s father was very well known. I remember teaching the girls about the story of Canute and the waves when they were little. Do you know the story?
 
A photo done in black and white of the Klosterruine Limburg - the Ruins of the Monestery in Bad Durkeim Germany. The walls are crumbling with age and battle scars, the ceiling is long gone. The brickwork in places is all that remains. It is by RosevineCottageGirls.com
 
As I recall King Canute was being fawned over by his courtiers about how powerful he was. So, he had his throne taken to the seaside and sat there the crown on his head, the shore filled with courtiers and in royal robes.  He commanded the waves not to wet his royal feet or robes but the tide (as the tide tends to do) rolled in.  The king then rebuked the courtiers and told them (this is not a direct quote mind you) that the power of kings is empty and worthless compared to the power of God and that none deserved even the name of King except for the one that the heaven, earth, and sea obey. It is told then that he removed his crown and hung it on a cross and never wore it again.
 
A photograph in black and white of Klosterruine Limburg - the Ruins of the Monestery in Bad Durkeim Germany. The ceiling is long gone and the glass in the windows gone as well. It appears to be a long and narrow building with a series of five arched windows on the right side and and another series at the top. The end of the building has several floors that are all gone. There are arched windows frames on the 2nd, third and fourth floor. The article is by RosevineCottageGirls.com
 
And here I am standing at the place his child rests on the other side of the world and I shared his story with my own children. Isn’t it strange how things work and where God brings us on our life journey?
 

Exterior wall of one end of the Klosterruine Limburg - the Ruins of the Monestery in Bad Durkeim Germany. It appears to be a chapel or something like that. The window openings are beautiful and arched. There is a little bit of the curved decorative work around the window and others have all of the window gone. The wall is an ancient brick and at the left corner it appears that some later repair has been done to the building. By rosevinecottagegirls.com
 
 

The sheer size of the ruin is truly impressive and makes you imagine what this place looked like when it was newly built.

In 1030 Emperor Conrad laid the cornerstone for the building. Can you imagine? It is said that it is the same day he laid the cornerstone for the Speyer Cathedral.

 

It was here at this monastery on December 3, 1038, that the decision was made regarding the dates of Advent. It was made in the presence of the Emperor Conrad II (Konrad) and Gisella (his wife) that the dates of the Advent season would be from November 27th to December the 3rd and are to this day.

 

 
When we started looking out past the back of the Monastery we found our next destination. That destination is….. you will have come back to read about it. Thank you for touring this beautiful country with me and until next time…. Have a blessed day
 
Please click below to see the video of the rest of this amazing place.
 
 

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