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Klosterruine Heisterbach

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  • beboja

    The monastery complex is always worth a visit and a rest on the terrace in the monastery café is a must.

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    • May 23, 2020

  • Ilona 🐈‍⬛

    Kloster Heisterbach invites again and again to stay and enjoy

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    • April 29, 2018

  • Shay

    A beautiful place to rest for a short time, who wants to can be served in the cafe. We took a break with a snack on the premises and enjoyed it more :)

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    • May 31, 2018

  • Ralf

    The chancel ruins Kloster Heisterbach and rest stop in the monastery room

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    • June 5, 2017

  • Alex Bender

    Here you can see the old ruins and also go for delicious food. A detour is worthwhile

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    • July 11, 2017

  • Jan

    In the Heisterbach Monastery, concerts with artists from the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn often take place in the barn in summer. For example, an ensemble plays in Slmmer every year.
    The barn has better acoustics than many other buildings that are used for concerts in Bonn. Parking spaces are also available

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    • December 11, 2017

  • horst1508

    former Cistercian monastery with the second largest church in NRW after Cologne Cathedral

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    • August 1, 2017

  • Marianne L.🥾

    Direction cemetery, there is the Sacred Heart Chapel. Built in 1947. Here the deceased religious sisters were laid out.

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    • November 3, 2018

  • Renate

    The monastery ruin Heisterbach is the remnant of a former Cistercian abbey in the Siebengebirge (Stadtgebiet Königswinter).

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    • April 3, 2018

  • Annette

    Very nice, old choir ruin

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    • July 16, 2018

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    In May 1947, the construction of a Sacred Heart Chapel was begun at the entrance to the monastery park. The incumbent Superior Cleta had taken from her predecessor a promise from the war to build this building in gratitude for a happy survival of the monastery. The promise was laid down in a document enclosed in the laying of the foundation stone with the following addition: "Since God's gracious concession in severe tribulations left the monastery unscathed, this chapel was built in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus according to a promise. Kloster Heisterbach, May 16, 1947 ".
     It was inaugurated seven months later and has since served as a cemetery chapel. Above the entrance, the admonitory words are carved in stone: "Before your throne human strife and peoples feud should be silent!"

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    • October 9, 2018

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    The "monk stork"
    A wooden gate in the Heisterbacher Klostermauer on the southern pond is considered a structural relic of the popular legend of the monk of Heisterbach. This legend tells of a monk who had doubtfully left the monastery at a young age and after 300 years, purified and returned with full insight into this. An inscription carved into the wooden door of the gate refers to the legend:
    "God is sublime over time and place. /
    I know that he has a day like a thousand years. /
    And a thousand years are like a day to him. "

    Legend and myth of the "monk of Heisterbach"
    The popular legend of the monk of Heisterbach tells of a monk who had doubtfully left the monastery at a young age and, after 300 years, purified and returned full of insight.
    The story is a symbolic representation of the Bible quote "A thousand years before God are like a day": "For a thousand years are to you / like the day that passed yesterday, / like a watch in the night." (Psalm 90: 4) ), "But one thing, dear brothers, you must not overlook: that with the Lord a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day" (2 Peter 3: 8).

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    • October 8, 2018

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    Between Oberdollendorf and Heisterbacherrott lies at the foot of Weilberg (247m) the monastery landscape Heisterbach. The facility looks back on a long history. Already in 1192 the Cistercians moved to the Heisterbachtal. In 1215 the monastery Marienstatt in the Kroppacher Schweiz was founded from here. On October 18, 1237, the Cistercians consecrated the abbey church. It measured 88m in length and 44m in width and was thus larger than the Bonner Münster.
    Until 1327, the Cistercians continued to work, then the monastery Heisterbach was completely completed and formed from then on the spiritual center in the Siebengebirge, until the dissolution of the monastery as a result of the Reichsdeputationshauptschlusses of 1803.
    1809 Kloster Heisterbach was sold to demolition to a French businessman, who promptly laid down the mighty church. Only the choir ruin and the baroque gatehouse with some 18th century farm buildings could be saved from destruction by a later decision.
    Count zur Lippe-Biesterfeld acquired the grounds in 1820 and had an English landscaped garden built around the buildings. From 1919, the Augustinians resumed the monastery until they requested the closure in 2008 for lack of "personnel".
    Since 1984, a foundation cares for the preservation and development of the monastery landscape Heisterbacher Tal. The activity of the foundation aims to make the different historic time periods of Kloster Heisterbach come alive. The picturesque choir ruin in front of the forest background is today an epitome of Rhine romance.

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    • October 8, 2018

  • Olaf

    If you hike in the Siebengebirge it is worth visiting the choir ruins of the Heisterbach Abbey Church. When the monastery room is open you can take a break here.

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    • April 18, 2020

  • NL

    Now with a nice café and terrace.

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    • May 1, 2017

  • Jan

    For all walks / bike rides suitable for parking: previously Free

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    • December 3, 2017

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    Caesarius von Heisterbach was a monk and novice master of the Cistercian monastery Heisterbach in the Siebengebirge and an extraordinarily productive writer. He wrote 39 scriptures in about 30 years. His overall work not only testifies to his personal skills, but also to the intellectual climate in the still young Cistercian abbey. Caesarius made Heisterbach widely known with his work.

    rheinische-geschichte.lvr.de/Persoenitäten/caesarius-von-heisterbach-/DE-2086/lido/57c6879c59b097.08268411

    de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesarius_von_Heisterbach

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    • October 9, 2018

  • Mario aus Witten

    beautiful park and delicious food in the former monastery

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    • December 31, 2019

  • Alex Bender

    Here you can look at an old monastery, inspect old ruins and also delicious food.

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    • July 3, 2017

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    The monastery ruin Heisterbach is the remnant of a former Cistercian abbey in the Siebengebirge (Stadtgebiet Königswinter). It lies between Oberdollendorf and Heisterbacherrott in the valley of the Heisterbachs, an orographic left tributary of the Dollendorfer brook (also called "Oberdollendorfer Mühlenbach").
    de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kloster_Heisterbach

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    • October 8, 2018

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    The Forest Cemetery of the Cellitinnen was created in 1946 east of the ponds and can be reached from the direction of the mausoleum. Until December 31, 2008, the closing of the Cellitinnen Convention, the relatives were buried there.

    The eight grave rows of the nuns (plain stone slabs, partly stone crosses) are parallel to the slope, in the northwest lies the upper grave with a wooden crucifix. South-east of the cemetery is also the 1946 built altar with altar, staircase and crucifix made of natural stone and slightly below the densely ingrown resting place of the pastor of the convent (prelate grave).

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    • October 8, 2018

  • Ralf

    Very worth seeing, should not be left out under any circumstances.

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    • June 10, 2020

  • Sven

    Very nice, if you go the way from the forest to the monastery. First forever along the wall, then you enter through a door and is in the monastery area. Almost like in a mystical movie

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    • October 15, 2017

  • Chasn41

    Beautiful monastery complex with a ruin

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    • March 18, 2020


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