Waldsassen

Waldsassen

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There’s little to put this Bavarian town on the map, except for its astonishing Cistercian abbey church, known for its Baroque design and magnificent library. The monastery’s garden is also now dedicated to environmental education and awareness, unexpectedly playing host to bees, rabbits and chickens. The name Waldsassen is said to date back to the 12th century, when the town was founded by nobleman Gerwig von Wollmundstein. He settled in the countryside here to dedicate his life to God and its thought the town’s name came from the phrase “die im Walde saßen” (those who sat in the woods).

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