Being a federal republic, Germany is very much a decentralised country, which embraces the cultural differences between the regions. Some travellers will perhaps only think of beer, Lederhosen and Oktoberfest when Germany comes to mind, but Germany's famous alpine and beer culture is mostly centered around Bavaria and Munich . Here the beer is traditionally served in 1 litre mugs (normally not in pubs and restaurants, though). The annual Oktoberfest is Europe's most visited festival and the world's largest fair. Germany's south-western regions, however, are well known for their wine growing areas (. Rheinhessen and Palatinate ) and Bad Dürkheim on the 'German Wine Route' ( Deutsche Weinstraße ) organises the biggest wine festival worldwide with over 600,000 visitors annually.
A spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. Attractions include an audio-visual show and exhibitions. Access for visitors with disabilities by prior arrangement.
Location: 500m from the centre of Cashel town off the Dublin Road.
Bus Route(s): Contact Busaras, Travel Centre (01) 836 6111
Guided Tours: Available (Please check with site before visit as times may vary)
Duration: 45 mins
Max No: 50
Guide book: English, Irish
Leaflet: English , German, Italian, Spanish and Polish
Photography/Video allowed: Yes. Commercial photography requires permission.
Additional Information: Please note this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months.
Today the site remains in much the same historical chaos, with devotees of both Neo-Paganism and Neo-Nazism making pilgrimage to the site. Of course, other folks visit as well, and the site is fascinating even without the fictive history and cultural importance imputed to it. Made of five limestone pillars, the tallest over 100 feet tall, the site does indeed contain a number of astronomical elements (when they were created is still unclear) including a 20 inch window that aligns with the sun on the summer solstice. In addition the stairs and relief carvings made by the monks add a real sense of meaning and awe to the place that have nothing to do with the crazed dreams of Nazi occultists.