• Erfurt Augustinian Monastery
    Erfurt Augustinian Monastery ©Ev. Augustinerkloster zu Erfurt
  • Varensell Benedictine Abbey
    Varensell Benedictine Abbey ©Benediktinerinnen-Abtei Varensell
  • Neuzelle Abbey Baroque Garden
    Neuzelle Abbey Baroque Garden ©Stiftung Stift Neuzelle
  • Drübeck Abbey Garden
    Drübeck Abbey Garden ©Evangelisches Zentrum Kloster Drübeck
  • Niederaltaich Benedictine Abbey
    Niederaltaich Benedictine Abbey ©Kath. Landvolkshochschule St. Gunther
  • Corvey Abbey
    Corvey Abbey ©Kloster Corvey
  • St. John's Abbey, Schleswig
    St. John's Abbey, Schleswig ©Stadt Schleswig
  • Arenberg Dominican Abbey
    Arenberg Dominican Abbey ©Kloster Arenberg
  • Scheyern Abbey
    Scheyern Abbey ©Fotofreunde Scheyern (Heiner Weihbeck)
  • Münsterschwarzach Abbey
    Münsterschwarzach Abbey ©Gästehaus Abtei Münsterschwarzach
  • St. Mary's Catholic Collegiate Church, Neuzelle
    St. Mary's Catholic Collegiate Church, Neuzelle ©Bernd Geller
  • Mariawald Trappist Monastery/Heimbach
    Mariawald Trappist Monastery/Heimbach ©Abtei Mariawald
  • Seeon Abbey
    Seeon Abbey ©Kloster Seeon
  • Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta
    Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta ©Kloster St. Marien zu Helfta Lutherstadt Eisleben
  • Dalheim Abbey Gardens
    Dalheim Abbey Gardens ©LWL/Axel Thünker (x)
  • Santa Isabel Abbey Hotel
    Santa Isabel Abbey Hotel ©Europa-Park Freizeit- und Familienpark Mack KG
  • Waldsassen Cistercian Abbey
    Waldsassen Cistercian Abbey ©Zisterzienserinnen-Abtei Waldsassen
  • Irsee Monastery Hotel
    Irsee Monastery Hotel ©Klosterhotel Irsee
  • Nütschau Benedictine Abbey
    Nütschau Benedictine Abbey ©Kloster Nütschau
  • Seligenstadt Abbey Garden
    Seligenstadt Abbey Garden ©Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser und Gärten Hessen, Kloster Seligenstadt

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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