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Our monasteries

Discover very old cultural treasures

Join us for a journey in time through the past 1000 years. Learn more about life in monasteries in the Middle Ages behind the historic monastery walls of Ilsenburg and Drübeck. Start a search for cultural traces in Ilsenburg and its surroundings!


The Ilsenburg Abbey

The Ilsenburg Abbey was founded as early as around 1018 and once numbered among the most influential Benedictine monasteries in the Harz area. The abbey church SS Peter and Paul has got unique fragments of a gypsum tile floor from the 12th century. Have a look at the interesting preserved and restored buildings of the south and east wing with refectory and chapter house. The foundation Ilsenburg Abbey supported by the society „Freunde und Förderer Kloster Ilsenburg e.V." is restoring the site step by step. Numerous concerts and events have been attracting many visitors to these atmospheric rooms.


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The Drübeck Abbey

The Benedictines used to live at Drübeck Convent, in a distance of only a few kilometres. The Kloster St. Vitus was probably built in around 960 and the relating abbey church has been marking the town silhouette until today. Drübeck Convent belongs to the Lutheran Church of Central Germany and is today a conference site, pastoral college, pedagogic-theological institute and at the same time a haven. The spacious premises with its uniquely restored convent gardens invite you to linger. The monastery site is the only one of the touristic route „Gartenträume Sachsen Anhalt", which makes you rediscover historic parks. During a guided tour in the convent you will discover the wonderful nature of the Drübeck convent 

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Discovering traces of the past

A hiking tour on the Harzer Klosterwanderweg

The monasteries do not only enthuse lover of Romanesque style. Families and hikers on the Harzer Klosterwanderweg (Monastery Hiking Trail) will have unforgettable impressions. Take your children on a discovery tour in the era of knights and kings with their impressive fortresses and castles, and arise interest in exciting history and culture. Our tip: Get yourself an Stamp Booklet for the Klosterwanderweg at our Tourist Information and collect the special monastery stamps.


To the Harzer Klosterwanderweg

Well prepared is half hiked

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