Stephansmünster Breisach
Stephansmünster Breisach
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  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,784 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful carving
    We were on a river cruise and berthed in Breisach with a free afternoon ahead of us. Obviously, we took a hike up (and it is quite a way up) to the cathedral to check it out. Great views from up here, by the way. The cathedral is an old one with the highlight for us being the amazing carved pieces comprising part of the cathedral's accoutrements. A major surprise. Worth a trip but remember it is quite a climb. That said, if I can make it, most people should be able to.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Kvasirsblood
    County Durham, United Kingdom257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent (and calm) place to visit when we were there.
    St Stephan’s Minster looks magnificent from the town and the river and, taken with the wall paintings in the church, makes it worth 5 stars alone. There are also some viewpoints and the Franciscan garden is a neat and mellow place. It is quite a trek up there but worth it. It seems a quiet and contemplative plateau all round. We noticed that there was a restaurant just past the Hagenbach Tower but we did not notice any other places for food and drink (which might explain why it seems such a calm place).
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • TAMAN1951
    Liberty Lake, Washington8,216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite a climb
    Structure is on a high point in town and quite a hike to get there. Building is well preserved and mildly interesting but there are much better churches all over Europe. Definitely a major attraction in this small town.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 21, 2023
  • periandro
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,954 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning church on a hill
    St. Stephan Münster in Breisbach is an imposing building on an elevated site dominating the city skyline and visible from far away, certainly beyond the city limits. The church dates back to the twelfth century, being enlarged and remodelled in the fifteenth century. That's the reason why one can observe in the building that both the romanesque and the gothic styles are combined in a Latin cross plan. The edifice is a stunning jewel overlooking the Rhine. The church towers are fantastic architectural elements. In accordance with the styles in which the temple was built due to the aforesaid reasons, those concerning the belfries are different, the North belfry being in romanesque style while the South one was built in gothic style. Unfortunately, the Münster was heavily damaged during the Second World War. Happily enough however, it was duly reconstructed. It's a three nave church, the central one being wider and higher than the side aisles. They are separated from each other by roughly square sturdy columns supporting pointed arches typical of gothic style. The vaults are ribbed ones with nerves stemming from thin pilasters located on the angles formed by the said square columns and the walls. The latter are bear. Those of the central nave are plain, except as to some narrow romanesque style windows above the columns. Likewise there are windows in the same style but wider than the aforementioned ones on the walls of the side aisles. Notwithstanding the foregoing, some frescoes can be admired on a few wall panels, such as the mural painting representing “The Martin's Last Judgement” by Martin Schongauer. The church houses also some other artworks worth being observed. Among them there are some interesting paintings as, for instance that showing a crucifixion scene, and two beautiful ones representing the Virgin and Christ respectively. Likewise, the high altar is a marvellous masterpiece. The figures contained in the reredos in a tryptic form – little statues representing the Virgin in the center and some Saints on both sides – are stupendous. On the basis of the foregoing, the visit of this unique building is a must while in Briesbach or nearby. The visit should be carried out as slowly as possible in order to observe any single detail, especially the stated frescoes and the high altar, and so try to apprehend the high value of the whole romanesque and gothic style temple. After the visit one can still enjoy beholding the view over the Rhin from a broad raised wall at a few meters from the church façade.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written February 12, 2024
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg9,954 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
St. Stephan Münster in Breisbach is an imposing building on an elevated site dominating the city skyline and visible from far away, certainly beyond the city limits. The church dates back to the twelfth century, being enlarged and remodelled in the fifteenth century. That's the reason why one can observe in the building that both the romanesque and the gothic styles are combined in a Latin cross plan. The edifice is a stunning jewel overlooking the Rhine. The church towers are fantastic architectural elements. In accordance with the styles in which the temple was built due to the aforesaid reasons, those concerning the belfries are different, the North belfry being in romanesque style while the South one was built in gothic style. Unfortunately, the Münster was heavily damaged during the Second World War. Happily enough however, it was duly reconstructed.
It's a three nave church, the central one being wider and higher than the side aisles. They are separated from each other by roughly square sturdy columns supporting pointed arches typical of gothic style. The vaults are ribbed ones with nerves stemming from thin pilasters located on the angles formed by the said square columns and the walls. The latter are bear. Those of the central nave are plain, except as to some narrow romanesque style windows above the columns. Likewise there are windows in the same style but wider than the aforementioned ones on the walls of the side aisles.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, some frescoes can be admired on a few wall panels, such as the mural painting representing “The Martin's Last Judgement” by Martin Schongauer. The church houses also some other artworks worth being observed. Among them there are some interesting paintings as, for instance that showing a crucifixion scene, and two beautiful ones representing the Virgin and Christ respectively.
Likewise, the high altar is a marvellous masterpiece. The figures contained in the reredos in a tryptic form – little statues representing the Virgin in the center and some Saints on both sides – are stupendous.
On the basis of the foregoing, the visit of this unique building is a must while in Briesbach or nearby. The visit should be carried out as slowly as possible in order to observe any single detail, especially the stated frescoes and the high altar, and so try to apprehend the high value of the whole romanesque and gothic style temple. After the visit one can still enjoy beholding the view over the Rhin from a broad raised wall at a few meters from the church façade.
Written February 12, 2024
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Structure is on a high point in town and quite a hike to get there.

Building is well preserved and mildly interesting but there are much better churches all over Europe.

Definitely a major attraction in this small town.
Written December 21, 2023
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Kvasirsblood
County Durham, UK257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
St Stephan’s Minster looks magnificent from the town and the river and, taken with the wall paintings in the church, makes it worth 5 stars alone. There are also some viewpoints and the Franciscan garden is a neat and mellow place. It is quite a trek up there but worth it. It seems a quiet and contemplative plateau all round. We noticed that there was a restaurant just past the Hagenbach Tower but we did not notice any other places for food and drink (which might explain why it seems such a calm place).
Written September 5, 2023
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,784 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We were on a river cruise and berthed in Breisach with a free afternoon ahead of us. Obviously, we took a hike up (and it is quite a way up) to the cathedral to check it out.

Great views from up here, by the way.

The cathedral is an old one with the highlight for us being the amazing carved pieces comprising part of the cathedral's accoutrements. A major surprise.

Worth a trip but remember it is quite a climb. That said, if I can make it, most people should be able to.
Written July 26, 2023
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IAN W
St Helens, UK4,301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Bit of a hike....Uphill to get to the Church,but well worth the views over the River Rhine when you get there.
Unfortunately,the Church was closed when we got there(closes about 6pm) so couldn't comment on inside,but the outside was very impressive,plenty of info boards around its grounds so not a wasted journey,plus it's worth it for the views alone.
Written July 1, 2023
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TraceyCity
Hendersonville, TN64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It is a very steep climb up to the Cathdral. It is well worth the struggle for the view.You can see the city plus the Rhine River. The cathdral isn't elaborate but very peaceful.They have small items inside you can purchase.Unfortunately I didn't have any Euros so I couldn't do this. We were there at 1:00 and got to enjoy the bells form the Cathedral. There is also a restaurant in front of the cathedral.
Written April 13, 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR5,156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
My wife and I, as well as a couple of friends, walked up the hill at Breisach to St. Stephan’s Munster. It was an interesting church. You have some great views from the church yard of the town and river below. This was one of the stops on our Viking Rhine River Cruise. The town was very pleasant during the Saturday market in the square.
Written September 5, 2022
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RoadTripper516
Wilmington, DE5,093 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Worth every bit of effort to hike to the top of the town through quaint residential area. A spectacular view of Breisach and the Rhein below. Incredibly displayed items from the church's history despite damage from WWII. Do not miss this opportunity if you are in Breisach.
Written February 12, 2020
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Redshirts889
Chicago, IL1,454 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
It’s a little bit of a walk up the cobblestone street to the church, if you stop along the way for pics and views it’s an easy walk. Like the sculpture in front of the church.

Use the public bathroom before heading back down.
Written January 6, 2020
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ka4lhs
Tucson, AZ222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is well worth the climb. Little was open Breisach, but the walk to the church as not that hard and easy to follow. Was a easy walk from Viking dock.
Written November 4, 2019
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