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Monastery and Museum in Walkenried –

once a prospering community of Cistercian monks


The Cistercian monastery founded in the 12th century in Walkenried developed into a powerful and important business in the Harz. The monks were active in agriculture and played an important role in mining in the region; they built water management installations to provide energy and smelted ore from the Rammelsberg and the Upper Harz. Their pond and ditch system constructed around 1225 in the Pandelbach Valley near Seesen-Münchehof is considered to be the oldest part of the Upper Harz Water Management System.

The 13th century enclosure and the imposing monastery church, which was destroyed in the German Peasant War, demonstrate the prosperity of the former monastic community. The creative and stimulating design of the Cistercian Museum within the Gothic monastery buildings makes the Middle Ages come to life with its acoustic and visual interpretations.

On a walk through the buildings of Walkenried Monastery you can see them for yourself in the video above!

 

This video will give you an insight into the guided E-bike tour through the idyllic pond landscape at Walkenried, which was created by the monks. Further information can be found under Events and on the website of the CistercianMuseum Walkenried Monastery.

A historic world comes to life in the modern exhibition.

A historic world comes to life in the modern exhibition.

© Stefan Sobotta

The exhibits are also interesting for children and young people.

The exhibits are also interesting for children and young people.

© Stefan Sobotta

Candlelight tour through Walkenried Monastery

Candlelight tour through Walkenried Monastery

© GÜNTER JENTSCH RECHTE ZMKW

The ruins of the monastery church and the enclosure.

The ruins of the monastery church and the enclosure.

© Stefan Sobotta

The fascination of Gothic architecture in Walkenried

The fascination of Gothic architecture in Walkenried

© Stefan Sobotta

Walkenried Monastery in winter

Walkenried Monastery in winter

© GÜNTER JENTSCH

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CONTACT

Cistercian Museum Kloster Walkenried
Steinweg 4a
37445 Walkenried
Tel. +49 5525-9599064
info@kloster-walkenried.de
www.kloster-walkenried.de

OPENING TIMES

Easter holidays to October
in Lower Saxony:

Open Tu - Su and
public holidays 10:00 - 17:00
Closed on Mondays 

November to Easter holidays
in Lower Saxony:

Open We - Su, public holidays
and in the Christmas holidays
in Lower Saxony 10:00 - 17:00
31st Dec. open 10:00 - 15:00
Closed Mo, Tu and 24th Dec.

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Today in the Middle Ages

Visit the oldest part of the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz at the Cistercian Museum Walkenried Monastery. With its sensual and creative design within the Gothic monastery complex, it brings the Middle Ages to life.

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