A random stop on the way to see our friends turned into a little adventure and some new sights when we decided to check out Kloster Maria Laach. This is a Benedictine Abbey Monastery located on the Laacher See (Laach Lake) in the Eifel region and was first founded in 1093!
Luckily for us, there was Christmas service so the whole area was brimming with people and you hear the singing already from the parking lot. A nice way to spend an hour, even if you do not attend the service - the surroundings are beautiful with the forest on one side and the lake on the other and there is even a visitor center with gift shop that is open during the Summer.
http://www.maria-laach.de/ (also option for English translation)