If you ask military families who have been stationed in Germany and enjoy beer, most of them will be familiar with Kloster Kreuzberg; a mountaintop monastery and brewery in Bischofsheim an der Rhön, Germany. This weekend, we visited Kreuzberg for the first time.
The drive from Wiesbaden to Bischofsheim an der Rhön was around an hour and forty-five minutes each direction, partly on the Autobahn and partly on smaller roads. The Kloster sits high up in the hills outside of Bischofsheim an der Rhön, and as we got closer to the Kloster, we watched the drizzle turn to snowfall and clear(ish) skies turn hazy white.
Kloster Kreuzberg has a 3-day Christmas market, which we were lucky enough to visit while we were there. There were handmade crafts, glühwein (a mulled holiday wine that can be red or white), hot waffles, and a wandering Saint Nikolaus.
In Germany, Saint Nikolaus and Santa Claus aren’t the same person. Saint Nikolaus was a Greek Christian Bishop — the patron saint of little children, sailors, merchants, and students. He wears Pople-like robes and a tall hat, and from what I understand, Christian families in Germany focus more on him than on Santa Claus.
We had a traditional German lunch in the Kloster’s Cafe, where my husband and our friends tried the Klosterbier (Monastery Beer). We left with a 2 liter growler of it, not because my husband can drink two liters of beer on his own (I’m pregnant), but because the growler was a nice memory of a place we really enjoyed.
Kloster Kreuzberg is located just outside of Bischofsheim an der Rhön, Germany. To learn more, visit them online.