Bike Touring Highlight
Only five kilometers from the Dormagen motorway exit of the A57 lies the monastery Knechtsteden. Built from 1130 by the Premonstratensians, the Romanesque vaulted basilica is one of the most important sacred buildings in the region. After a major fire in 1869, the monastery was rebuilt by the Spiritans and has since been under their leadership. For years served Knechtsteden as almost autonomous monastery village around 450 people as a home. It is the largest medieval monastery in the archdiocese of Cologne.
In the meantime, other places of contemplation can be found in the monastery in addition to pastoral-religious institutions. Schools, art workshops and artist studios, accommodation, restaurants and much more have found their place in the walls of the monastery. Also an optician master school with college branch has a home in the monastery.
As part of the EUROGA 2002plus, the monastery grounds were completely redesigned. Around Knechtsteden, numerous well-maintained cycling and hiking trails through forests and fields invite you to stay in nature. The orchard in the Knechtsteden monastery also contributes to this with over 300 fruit trees and 120 varieties of fruit, which offers a considerable variety of old apple, pear, plum and cherry varieties typical of the Rhineland.
April 15, 2018
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