Germany's Most Beautiful Abbeys and Monasteries

Ettal Monastery | © xuuxuu / Pixabay
Ettal Monastery | © xuuxuu / Pixabay
Photo of Anwesha Ray
7 February 2018

You don’t need to be religious to be fascinated by the abbeys and monasteries of Germany. They are architectural wonders basking in culture, and witnesses of the country’s glorious past. Many of them are still inhabited by monks and some preserve original furniture, artwork, and priceless artifacts. Here is our top pick of the German abbeys and monasteries that you should add to your bucket list without delay.

Corvey Abbey

Corvey Abbey is not just a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a pilgrimage center, one of the most significant monasteries of medieval Germany, a historical gem, a seat of power, a source of strong religious influence, and a cultural and economic hub. The stunning baroque monastery with its soaring towers, massive hallways, intricate murals, and a library containing 75,000 rare medieval publications never fails to fascinate visitors.

Schloss Corvey 37671 Höxter, Germany, +49 (0) 5271 69 40 10

Benedictine Abbey of Reichenau

The Monastic Island of Reichenau on Lake Constance is an ensemble of three medieval churches (St. Mary and Marcus, St. Peter and St. Paul, and St. George). The ensemble, which exhibits a seamless blend of Carolingian, Ottonian, and Salian architectural styles, and boasts superb wall paintings and illuminations, is a superb example of the artistic genius of medieval times.

Lorsch Abbey

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Even though most of it is today in ruins, the 8th-century Lorsch Abbey is a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoys the status of one of the most significant examples of pre-Romanesque Carolingian architecture. Pilgrims from all over Europe arrive at the Lorsch Abbey to admire the famous Gate Hall (also known as the King’s Hall) that has been preserved in an almost-original condition.

Maulbronn Monastery Complex

The 850-year-old Maulbronn Monastery Complex is among the best-preserved monasteries in Europe, and is a rare harmony of multiple architectural styles, including late gothic and romanesque. The highlights of this beautiful UNESCO site are the grand entrance hall and the Fountain House, a building with a three-level fountain that was used by the monks for rituals.

Klosterhof 5, 75433 Maulbronn, Germany, +49 7043 926610

The Monastery of St. Augustine

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The sprawling 13th-century Monastery of St. Augustine in Erfurt is famous for being home to Martin Luther in the early 16th century. The monastery is open for public tours, which include visits to Martin Luther’s room, a chapel, murals, and various exhibits.

Monastery of St. Mang

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Monastery of St. Mang
Monastery of St. Mang | © flyupmike / Pixabay
The existence of the benedictine monastery of St. Mang can be traced back to the beginning of the 9th century. The rooms that once housed monks are now home to ancient artworks and archeological artifacts. The outstandingly decorated baroque halls of the monastery attract visitors from all over the world.

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