About Allgäu labyrinths

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At the  WinterbergA new circular buildingAlong the highway A 96 Memmingen - Lindau beside the resting place Winterberg is the highway-chapel Leutkirch "Galluskapelle".




The altarThe roofThe chapel is devoted to the tree saints of the "Allgäu": Gallus, Kolumban and Magnus.







A drawing from Friedrich Lotz of 1886, to see in the archives of the townThe "Tänzelfestbrunnen" (fountain of the dancing festivity) in the old townIn the "Tänzelhölzle" (a little forest for a dancing place) at Kaufbeuren existed a "Wunderkreis" (wonder circle) at least from 1846 till 1936. It served as a dancing labyrinth for the historical and still today celebrated "Tänzelfest" (dancing festivity). It was destroyed in 1936 because the army needed the area.


The tablet at the entrance The new WunderkreisSuggested by Gernot Candolini and supported by Oberburgomaster Knie in 2002 the new Wunderkreis was built in a few days with the help of engaged citizens in the Jordanpark according to the historic facts. You can find it easy by looking for the Monopteros on a small hill in the Jordanpark.



In the background: The MonopterosThe inauguration was on September 7, in 2002.

The Wunderkreis is a labyrinth with 11 circuits and a double spiral in the center. The paths are 60 cm wide, the grass border 30 cm, the outer diameter is 20,85 m and the way in is 377 m long.



Seen from a lifting car There are two ways to reach the center. Following the left branch at the entrance leads you in a longer way to the turning point in the center and again outside in a shorter way. If you take the right branch it is quite the contrary! The way doesn' t finish in the center like it does in a classical labyrinth, but goes on. Here the inwards turning spiral line changes to the outwards turning spiral line.


You will also find an article about the restored Wunderkreis in the annually published journal of mazes & labyrinths Caerdroia of the year 2004, 34th edition. More here ... Link >

So now Germany has four historic turf labyrinths (Graitschen, Hannover, Kaufbeuren, Steigra).

The first opening of the historic, and after interruption through the second world war, since 1947 again celebrated Tänzelfest took place in the new Wunderkreis in 2003 and will now be there every year in summer.

For more photos of the Wunderkreis go to the Photo Gallery under Kaufbeuren >





The donkey fountainThe market placeIn Wangen there are many fountains - and a very impressive labyrinth. It is situated in the center of the city near the St. Martin's church and was inaugurated in July 2002.




The double helixThe soul memorialThe double helix in its middle competes with the church-tower. The labyrinth among the granite paving-stones is a Classical one with 11 circuits and has a diameter of round 12 m.

What's meant with "Seelen-Mal" you may see by clicking the picture on the right side.



Link to Ubbo EnningaThe labyrinthThe artist has carved his internet address in one of the soul steps.




For more photos of the labyrinth go to the Photo Gallery under Wangen >





The house MellatzMellatz belongs to 88145 Opfenbach, is situated southly of Wangen and not far away from Lindenberg.




The labyrinthThe entranceThe labyrinth belongs to an educational establishment for spirituality of the Comboni Missionaries. The director is Father Dr. Werner Nidetzky.




Link to the Comboni MissionariesTo give and to takeTo give and to take: This is the motto of their program. This is also the title of the sculpture made out of ivory in Tansania.

For more information about the Comboni Missionaries go to please ... Link >


In the chappelThe Anch crossOn the right wall in the church are Adinkra symbols of Ghana, between coloured quadrants in the style of mural paintings of Soninke women from Mauritania.

A new, old symbol you may see on the right side.


View to the BodenseeThe garden teamThe initiative to make the labyrinth did come by the Mellatz Dancing Women under Mrs. Margit Felle-Bösch and Mrs. Rita Kees. Father Udo Baumüller made the design and organized all. The garden team cares about the cultivation. The inauguration was on August 15, 2001.


The labyrinth team Father Udo Baumüller The gardener The dance women
Mrs. Rita Kees Mrs. Margit Felle-Bösch Mrs. Margit Felle-Bösch Father Udo

For more photos of the labyrinth go to the Photo Gallery under Mellatz >


Table at the labyrinthTranquillitySo a turf labyrinth typ Chartres was created, but with double diameter as the original, 24 m and a 480 m long path. Some other own ideas have been realised too.




The arbors vitaeThe middle and the four cross arms are planted with arbors vitae. 33 of them form the boundary of the labyrinth to remember the 33 years of Jesus on earth. Medicinal herbs are planted in the cross arms to symbolize healing and salvation coming from the cross.




The Cosmic ChristThe wire sculpture in the center shows the model of the evolution of the cosmos by Teilhard de Chardin with the Alpha and the Omega for the Cosmic Christ. Stones with the 8 Beatitudes written on them are laying in the grass.




CandlestickWheelA wire sculpture in each of the four quadrants is dedicated to the world religions.




In every world religion exists a "Golden Rule".
By clicking the pictures you can read the rules.


Half-moonYin and YangIn the Global Ethic Project, dedicated to the world religions - universal peace - global ethic you will find more ethical standards and personal guidelines.




Link to Global EthicProf. Dr. Hans Küng of the Global Ethic Foundation in Tübingen says:

No peace among the the nations without peace among the religions.

No peace among the the religions without dialogue between the religions.

No dialogue between the the religions without global ethic standards.

No survival of our globe without a global ethic.

For more information about the foundation go to please ... Link >





Church and parsonageScheidegg in the wintertimeIn the Lutheran Resurrection church situated at the Hammerbach in Scheidegg you will find a labyrinth and an altar of plexiglass in the choir, both designed and created by the sculptor Max Schmelcher.



ChoirAltarParson Peter Bauer and his wife Monika brought the idea to make this back from her long way from Scheidegg to Santiago de Compostela (2300 km).

In the center of the labyrinth lies a cross stone of quartz, found by them on the Mt. Beverin in the mountains of Grisons (Switzerland).


Parson  BauerTriangle, square, circleThe labyrinth in the shape of a spiral, the cross stone, the altar of glass in the shapes of the triangle, the square and the circle connect all the shapes and the colours of life. The altar as a place of transformation is full of mysteries and shall be a place of blessings. Is parson Peter Bauer wishing.



Parson  BauerConcertLimpe Fuchs (composer and performance artist) finished a workshop with a little concert in the labyrinth, called Klangsteinwege, on May 10, 2003.

Listen here:  


For more photos of the labyrinth go to the Photo Gallery under Scheidegg >

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