• Rietberg Bible Village
    Rietberg Bible Village ©Bibeldorf Rietberg
  • Ziesar Castle Museum
    Ziesar Castle Museum ©Museum Burg Ziesar
  • Cistercian Monks Museum at Walkenried Abbey
    Cistercian Monks Museum at Walkenried Abbey ©ZisterzienserMuseum Kloster Walkenried
  • Roggenburg Abbey Museum
    Roggenburg Abbey Museum ©Landratsamt Neu-Ulm
  • Oberlichtenau Icon Museum
    Oberlichtenau Icon Museum ©Ikonenmuseum Oberlichtenau
  • German Bell Museum, Greifenstein Castle
    German Bell Museum, Greifenstein Castle ©Deutsches Glockenmuseum
  • Teutonic Order Museum, Bad Mergentheim
    Teutonic Order Museum, Bad Mergentheim ©Deutordensmuseum (Besserer, Lauda-Königshofen)
  • Westph. Museum of Abbey Culture, Dalheim
    Westph. Museum of Abbey Culture, Dalheim ©LWL (Axel Thünker)
  • Meersburg Bible Gallery
    Meersburg Bible Gallery ©Bibelgalerie Meersburg gGmbH

Historical and contemporary sites of religious faith

Religious museums will especially appeal to historians, religious visitors and those with an interest in culture. Exhibitions range from cathedral treasuries with exquisite liturgical silverware to modern Bible museums documenting the messages of the Bible in a contemporary format.
Cistercian Monks Museum at Walkenried Abbey
One of the largest and most innovative abbey museums in Europe: Walkenried Abbey in the southern Harz

This 13th-century Cistercian abbey takes visitors on a fascinating audiovisual journey back through the history of the White Monks. An audio guide provides information on the authentically preserved halls and rooms of the abbey and the illustrative museum exhibition. The special presentations incorporated into the original cloister, monks' hall and refectory blend in well with their surroundings, retaining the character of the buildings.

Roggenburg Abbey Museum
Baroque abbey with magnificent art treasures: Roggenburg Abbey Museum

The former Imperial Abbey of the Norbertine Order, founded in 1129 and situated near Ulm , has a stunning rococo church and, next to the church portal, a fascinating museum. Besides displaying numerous art treasures and works of sacred art (17th/18th centuries), the museum charts the history of the order down the ages and the monastic life led by its members.

Westph. Museum of Abbey Culture, Dalheim
Set in traditional abbey gardens, Europe's first museum devoted to abbey culture: Dalheim Abbey

This fully preserved abbey complex from the 15th century, a combination of architectural heritage and modern building design covering around eight hectares, illuminates the different aspects of abbey culture. The museum (approximately 3,000m²) is housed in the rooms of the abbey church and enclosure and features permanent exhibits as well as temporary exhibitions.

Oberlichtenau Icon Museum
The first icon museum in eastern Germany, at Oberlichtenau Bible Garden

Situated next to the Oberlichtenau Bible Garden in the heritage-listed former house of the palace gardener, the Icon Museum explores the tradition of Eastern Christian painting. The highlight of the exhibition is an 8m² iconostasis created by icon painter M. Richter from 14 individual pictures that exactly replicates the iconostases found in Orthodox churches.

A mysterious destination that uncovers the secrets of the persecution of witches: Penzlin Castle

Housed in a 13th/14th-century castle near the Mecklenburg Lakes with underground dungeons of historical importance, the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the times of witch-hunts and persecution in the 16th century. The chamber containing instruments of torture is where people were punished until they confessed. The banqueting hall and medieval open-hearth kitchen are also worth visiting.

German Bell Museum, Greifenstein Castle
A melodious connection between Heaven and Earth: German Bell Museum

The museum at Greifenstein Castle, which has almost 50 bells, takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the 1,000-year history of bells in Germany. It explains how bells are made and relates the history of bell founding right up to the present day. The exhibition also explores the symbolic meaning of bells for Christianity and their function as an acoustic signal in everyday life and in different cultural contexts.

Teutonic Order Museum, Bad Mergentheim
From a hospital order to a purely ecclesiastical order of knights: Teutonic Order Museum in Bad Mergentheim

Mergentheim Castle served as the residence for the Grand Masters of the Teutonic Order from 1525 until 1809. Today it houses a museum dedicated to the order, which was founded as a hospital order in the Holy Land in 1190. The museum presents more than 800 years of history, showing the evolution of the Teutonic Order from an order of knights to a major force in medieval German politics, to the purely ecclesiastical order of the last century, and to its current social and charitable role.

Ziesar Castle Museum
Ziesar Castle, former bishop's residence near Brandenburg – a treasure of medieval religious and cultural history

The key feature of this museum of Brandenburg's religious and cultural history, situated near the town of Brandenburg , is the castle itself with its Nordic-style brick architecture. The castle chapel is inextricably linked with the museum. Highlights include the exhibition 'Paths to the Heavenly City: Bishops, Faith, Dominion (800-1550)' and a sound and light installation entitled 'Staged silence'. Guided tours available on request.

Meersburg Bible Gallery
Meersburg Bible Gallery – a thrilling journey through one of the world's most important books

Situated in a former Dominican abbey, the Bible Gallery on Lake Constance reveals how the bible came into being and has been passed down through the generations to the present day. The museum's many exhibits, interactive elements and special exhibitions make it eminently suitable for children. The scriptorium, printing workshop and treasure chamber show how the Bible has evolved into the vast tome that we know today.

Rietberg Bible Village
More than a museum – Rietberg Bible Village brings the Good Book to life

The Bible Village near Gütersloh was built in the style of a village at the time of Jesus and covers an area of approximately 23,000m². It offers insights into the world of the Bible, while a programme of activities enables visitors to learn about everyday life more than 2,000 years ago: how bread was made from grain, reading and writing in biblical times and much more. Interactive elements make it suitable for children. Guided tours available on request. Events.

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