The entrance to the Lehnin Monastery is easy to miss. There is no sign indicating this. Here I am talking about the actual monastery, not about the Lehnin monastery. We almost drove past it on our tour through Brandenburg. There is a place next to it that bears the same name. This is where the monastery lies. We actually expected to find the monastery somewhere in the open countryside. But that's not the case. It's in the middle of town and pretty hidden. Only a narrow alley, which you can hardly recognize as a driveway, leads into it. Behind it, however, we are in a different world. No more trace of car noise, everyday hectic or shopping stress. Instead, there is heavenly silence here.
Lehnin Monastery is worth a trip from Berlin
It takes just under an hour's drive to reach Lehnin Monastery from Berlin. Still, it means immersing yourself in another world. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the monastery offers a place of silence. Instead of the big city, we experience a place where we feel the long breath of history. The former Cistercian abbey was built between 1185 and 1190, initially in the Romanesque style and completed in Gothic style in 1262. During the Reformation in 1542, the abbey was secularized. The Luise-Henrietten-Stift has been located there since 1911, a church institution that offers care for the elderly and a clinic. The St. Marien Church can still be seen from its Cistercian origins. Because of its simple architecture, it is reminiscent of the time when monks lived in this area. As it can be seen today, it was reconstructed between 1871 and 1877.
You do not need much to be happy
In the church, a friendly nun welcomes us with information about the church. The interior is simple. In any case, there is not much that attracts the attention. Instead, the pointed arches bear witness to the Gothic heritage left by the monks.
In the steps that lead to the choir room, a tree block is embedded, on which the founding legend of the monastery is based. He is petrified and probably dates from before 1180. It is said that Margrave Otto I slept under this tree. The terrible dream that beset him caused him to build a spiritual castle here.
When we finally leave the inside of the church, Petar asks the nun, who takes our information sheets from us about the Lehnin monastery, what she likes about her monastery life. I'm sure I won't forget your answer that quickly: “It doesn't take much to be happy.” She seems satisfied and happy to me.
A quiet place
Immediately after, I understand why. A walk through the grounds shows us why Kloster Lehnin is one of the most important Romanesque-Gothic brick buildings in Brandenburg. Impressive and well preserved is the Church of St. Mary. And not only her. Many of the associated buildings on the monastery grounds are built in the Gothic style. This ensemble of matching styles transports us through its well-preserved architecture in another time. Under ancient deciduous trees, which in the middle of September show just the first signs of autumnal colors, a tour of the grounds is a pleasure. We take our time, ducking between falling chestnuts that announce the fall.
You can hike well in the vicinity of Kloster Lehnin
- What do you need for a hike in the region? In our Packing list hiking you can check what you need for your tour.
- Good hiking boots are a must with every hike. Only then can you enjoy your hike.
- You need one for a snack on the go backpack, In it you can accommodate everything you need for your day trip.
- On the monastery grounds you will also find benches that are good for a picknick suitable.
- Practical accessories for hiking You can also find it here.
- In winter you need Winterstiefel and winter clothes.
- Hikes in the vicinity of Lehnin Monastery here.
A bench under an old deciduous tree next to the Lehnin monastery invites you to relax. From there I have a good view of the back wall of the church. While the sun glistens through the canopy of leaves above me, I admire the stone carvings with which the rear door arch into the church is decorated. In addition, there are a number of pointed arched windows, which, however, are purely decorative in character. Because they are walled up. Unlike the pointed arch windows in the neighboring building. These are decorated with beautiful brick inlays. Anyone who, like us, is interested in Gothic architecture should bring enough time to see the many small details that can be discovered on the monastery grounds. In any case, a trip to Lehnin is worthwhile for everyone who loves the Gothic.
The nearest airport is Berlin. It is also possible to travel to Lehnin by train and bus: Timetable and booking*
Accommodations near Lehnin
Hotels and accommodations in Lehnin and surroundings * You can book through our partner booking.com. However we have in very quiet Paulinen Hof Seminar Hotel * a few miles away, which we highly recommend.
Source Lehnin Monastery: Research on site. We thank Tourismus Brandenburg for supporting this trip. As always, our opinion remains our own.
Text Lehnin Monastery: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos Lehnin Monastery: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline