• Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta
    Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta ©Kloster St. Marien zu Helfta Lutherstadt Eisleben
  • Nütschau Benedictine Abbey
    Nütschau Benedictine Abbey ©Kloster Nütschau
  • Maulbronn Monastery
    Maulbronn Monastery ©Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg
  • Andechs Abbey
    Andechs Abbey ©Kloster Andechs (Thomas Schmid)
  • Corvey Abbey
    Corvey Abbey ©Kloster Corvey
  • Neuzelle Abbey Baroque Garden
    Neuzelle Abbey Baroque Garden ©Stiftung Stift Neuzelle
  • Kamp Abbey
    Kamp Abbey ©Kloster Kamp
  • Seligenstadt Abbey Garden
    Seligenstadt Abbey Garden ©Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser und Gärten Hessen, Kloster Seligenstadt
  • Oberlichtenau Bible Garden
    Oberlichtenau Bible Garden ©CV-aktiv reiseDienst e.V.
  • Frauenwörth Benedictine Convent
    Frauenwörth Benedictine Convent ©Kurverwaltung Bernau am Chiemsee (Bernhard Schulz)
  • Lorsch Abbey
    Lorsch Abbey ©Verwaltung der Staatlichen Schlösser und Gärten Hessen UNESCO-Welterbestätte Kloster Lorsch
  • Weltenburg Benedictine Abbey
    Weltenburg Benedictine Abbey ©Kloster Weltenburg
  • Ettal Abbey
    Ettal Abbey ©Ammergauer Alpen GmbH
  • Pilgrims' shelter, Tempzin Monastery
    Pilgrims' shelter, Tempzin Monastery ©Pilgerherberge Kloster Tempzin
  • Varensell Benedictine Abbey
    Varensell Benedictine Abbey ©Benediktinerinnen-Abtei Varensell
  • Scheyern Abbey
    Scheyern Abbey ©Fotofreunde Scheyern (Heiner Weihbeck)
  • (Cretan) labyrinth at Werlte Bible Garden
    (Cretan) labyrinth at Werlte Bible Garden ©Bibelgarten Werlte
  • Arenberg Dominican Abbey
    Arenberg Dominican Abbey ©Kloster Arenberg
  • Erfurt Augustinian Monastery
    Erfurt Augustinian Monastery ©Ev. Augustinerkloster zu Erfurt
  • 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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