Seeon Monastery in Chiemgau
Only 300 meters from Haus Rufinus lies Seeon Abbey, founded in the year 994 as a Benedictine monastery by Count Palatine Aribo I. It boasts not only a 1000-year old history but also a great cultural heritage.
Today the monastery is once again a focal point for art and culture in Bavaria. It is the property of the Upper Bavarian government district and serves as a cultural and educational center. A diverse program of exhibitions, concerts, events, as well as tours through the monastery, church and adjoining cloister are offered all year round. Already Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an avid visitor of Seeon and his mark can still be found in many spots and places.
Take a romantic walk around the “vineyard lake”, past
the Walburgis Church with its Greek-Orthodox graveyard and on to Mozart’s oak
tree and the vineyards, past the Marien church in Bräuhausen, over the
footbridge that connects the peninsula with the mainland and on towards the
monastery church. Feel embraced by the tranquil, holy peace when seeking
familiar solitude from the worldly bustle, as the guardian spirit of bygone
centuries greets you from old marble stones and your own spirit and heart wallow
in the pleasure of a healthy, powerful culture, arisen from the foundation
stones of Christianity.
(Translated from Doll 1912, Kloster Seeon 1994)