• Archabbey of St. Ottilia
    Archabbey of St. Ottilia ©Medienarbeitsstelle St. Ottilien (P. Martin Trieb)
  • Irsee Monastery Hotel
    Irsee Monastery Hotel ©Klosterhotel Irsee
  • Arenberg Dominican Abbey
    Arenberg Dominican Abbey ©Kloster Arenberg
  • Lüne Benedictine Abbey
    Lüne Benedictine Abbey ©Kloster Lüne, Lüneburg
  • Isenhagen Convent
    Isenhagen Convent ©Kloster Isenhagen
  • St. John's Abbey, Schleswig
    St. John's Abbey, Schleswig ©Stadt Schleswig
  • Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta
    Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta ©Kloster St. Marien zu Helfta Lutherstadt Eisleben
  • Niederaltaich Benedictine Abbey
    Niederaltaich Benedictine Abbey ©Kath. Landvolkshochschule St. Gunther
  • Lorsch Abbey
    Lorsch Abbey ©Verwaltung der Staatlichen Schlösser und Gärten Hessen UNESCO-Welterbestätte Kloster Lorsch
  • Nütschau Benedictine Abbey
    Nütschau Benedictine Abbey ©Kloster Nütschau
  • Dalheim Abbey Gardens
    Dalheim Abbey Gardens ©LWL/Axel Thünker (x)
  • Erfurt Augustinian Monastery
    Erfurt Augustinian Monastery ©Ev. Augustinerkloster zu Erfurt
  • Maulbronn Monastery
    Maulbronn Monastery ©Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg
  • Pilgrims' shelter, Tempzin Monastery
    Pilgrims' shelter, Tempzin Monastery ©Pilgerherberge Kloster Tempzin
  • Seligenstadt Abbey Garden
    Seligenstadt Abbey Garden ©Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser und Gärten Hessen, Kloster Seligenstadt
  • Stühlingen Capuchin Abbey
    Stühlingen Capuchin Abbey ©Kapuzinerkloster Stühlingen
  • Siessen Convent
    Siessen Convent ©Tourist-Information Bad Saulgau
  • Neuzelle Abbey Baroque Garden
    Neuzelle Abbey Baroque Garden ©Stiftung Stift Neuzelle
  • Wöltingerode Abbey Hotel
    Wöltingerode Abbey Hotel ©Klosterhotel Woeltingerode
  • Eberbach Cistercian Abbey
    Eberbach Cistercian Abbey ©Stiftung Kloster Eberbach

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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