Formerly a Benedictine abbey, Ottobeuren Abbey is now a priory, located 11 km south-east of Memmingen. It was founded in 764 by Blessed Toto and dedicated to St. Alexander, the martyr. Ottobeuren flourished in the XVIII century, when the monastery was built. By the beauty of decoration it was compared with the Spanish Escorial! Construction of a Baroque basilica began at the same time. Its walls and dome are painted by cousins Johann Jakob and Franz Anton Zeiler from Tyrol.
It’s better to plan a trip to the monastery on Saturday to hear the famous double organ of XVIII century French organbuilder Karl Joseph Riepp. It is considered one of the best historic organs in Europe. The bill should be reviewed in advance: world-famous conductors regularly give concerts in the Abbey’s Imperial Hall and in the Basilica. Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein used to perform here.