Mythical places in the upper Rhine region

St. Stephansmünster

The Minster high up over the Rhine

Between the Black Forest and the Vosges, high up over the Rhine, the St. Stephansmunster reaches up over Breisach. Standing on a volcanic outcrop that has been settled for over 4000 years, its choir faces out towards the rising sun. The crypt, lying under the choir and open to the world through seven arches, possesses a special magnetism. The low room, its vaulted roof resting on a central pillar, emits an atmosphere of peace and safety. The pillar is decorated with an impressive Christ figure, from a crucifix that used to stand
outside the west gate and was destroyed in the Second World War. In 1978 the crypt was dedicated as a memorial, a reminder of the almost total destruction of the town in 1945. Inside the minster there are many treasures to admire. Of particular note are the frescos, especially Martin Schongauer’s “Weltgericht”. The artist, from Colmar, worked here whilst spending the last years of his life in Breisach. The altar, produced by master craftsman “H L” (Hans Loi), is one of the most important masterpieces of German carving.
Between the Black Forest and the Vosges, high up over the Rhine, the St. Stephansmunster reaches up over Breisach. Standing on a volcanic outcrop that has been settled for over 4000 years, its choir faces out towards the rising sun. The crypt, lying under the choir and open to the world through seven arches, possesses a special magnetism. The low room, its vaulted roof resting on a central pillar, emits an atmosphere of peace and safety. The pillar is decorated with an impressive Christ figure, from a crucifix that used to stand outside the west gate and was destroyed in the Second World War. In 1978 the crypt was dedicated as a memorial, a reminder of the almost total destruction of the town in 1945. Inside the minster there are many treasures to admire. Of particular note are the frescos, especially Martin Schongauer’s “Weltgericht”. The artist, from Colmar, worked here whilst spending the last years of his life in Breisach. The altar, produced by master craftsman “H L” (Hans Loi), is one of the most important masterpieces of German carving.

Kath. Münsterpfarramt
St. Stephan
Münsterplatz 3
79206 Breisach am Rhein
+49 (0)7667/203

www.st-stephan-breisach.de

 

Öffnungszeiten:

unrestricted

 

Führungen:

by prior registration

 

Anfahrt:

car, train, bicycle

Tourist-Info:

Breisach-Touristik
Marktplatz 16
79206 Breisach am Rhein
+49 (0)7667/940155

www.breisach.de

Tipps:
  • Historical museum
  • St. Josefskirche, church and cemetery
  • Middle age and baroque city gates
  • Mount Eckart
  • Wineries producing wine and champagne
  • Shipping on the river Rhine