• St. Marienstern Cistercian Convent
    St. Marienstern Cistercian Convent ©R. Pech
  • Nütschau Benedictine Abbey
    Nütschau Benedictine Abbey ©Kloster Nütschau
  • Mariawald Trappist Monastery/Heimbach
    Mariawald Trappist Monastery/Heimbach ©Abtei Mariawald
  • Scheyern Abbey
    Scheyern Abbey ©Fotofreunde Scheyern (Heiner Weihbeck)
  • Lorsch Abbey
    Lorsch Abbey ©Verwaltung der Staatlichen Schlösser und Gärten Hessen UNESCO-Welterbestätte Kloster Lorsch
  • Archabbey of St. Ottilia
    Archabbey of St. Ottilia ©Medienarbeitsstelle St. Ottilien (P. Martin Trieb)
  • Ottobeuren Benedictine Abbey
    Ottobeuren Benedictine Abbey ©Bayern Tourismus Gmbh
  • Stühlingen Capuchin Abbey
    Stühlingen Capuchin Abbey ©Kapuzinerkloster Stühlingen
  • St. Mary's Catholic Collegiate Church, Neuzelle
    St. Mary's Catholic Collegiate Church, Neuzelle ©Bernd Geller
  • Eberbach Abbey Gardens
    Eberbach Abbey Gardens ©Stiftung Kloster Eberbach
  • Pilgrims' shelter, Tempzin Monastery
    Pilgrims' shelter, Tempzin Monastery ©Pilgerherberge Kloster Tempzin
  • Drübeck Abbey
    Drübeck Abbey ©Fotostudio Ulrich Schrader (Ulrich Schrader)
  • Münsterschwarzach Abbey
    Münsterschwarzach Abbey ©Gästehaus Abtei Münsterschwarzach
  • Andechs Abbey
    Andechs Abbey ©Kloster Andechs (Thomas Schmid)
  • Seeon Abbey
    Seeon Abbey ©Kloster Seeon
  • Drübeck Abbey Garden
    Drübeck Abbey Garden ©Evangelisches Zentrum Kloster Drübeck
  • Ettal Abbey
    Ettal Abbey ©Ammergauer Alpen GmbH
  • Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey
    Maria Laach Benedictine Abbey ©ars liturgica BUCH- & KUNSTVERLAG MARIA LAACH
  • Hegne Abbey
    Hegne Abbey ©VCH-Hotel "Haus St. Elisabeth"
  • Arenberg Dominican Abbey
    Arenberg Dominican Abbey ©Kloster Arenberg

Staying at an abbey – sharing community life with nuns or monks

Spiritual places to stay: abbeys, monasteries and convents have recently experienced a renaissance as short stays with communities of nuns or monks have become a popular new trend. Increasingly people are discovering abbeys as inspirational places of culture and spirituality.

More than 300 abbeys in Germany are open to visitors of any denomination. The visitor programmes they offer vary greatly, depending on the abbey and the order. They include temporary stays, quiet days, fasting, meditation and a wide range of courses and seminars. The industrious monks of the Middle Ages built abbeys everywhere. Not all survived the ravages of time, but even if you visit an abbey in ruins, it still exudes an air of heavenly tranquillity. The popularity of abbey gardens and Biblical gardens also grows from year to year. As focal points of medieval learning, they were also very influential in how plants were grown and their use in nutrition, medicine and daily life. Slowing down the pace of life, consciously appreciating the beauty of nature, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and the moment at hand – that all happens of its own accord in an abbey garden. Stay overnight within the walls of an abbey! Abbeys were once all about praying and working, studying and learning, but today you can indulge yourself and savour life's pleasures in historical surroundings. Germany's abbey hotels – many of them historical buildings in a magical setting – offer the most wonderful earthly delights. If angels travelled, this is where they'd spend the night ...

Wander through the cloisters, be enchanted by the abbey gardens and let the information here inspire you!

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