Chorin Monastery

Experience Chorin Monastery, a historic gem tucked away in the lush countryside of Brandenburg. Established in the 13th century, this former Cistercian abbey beckons with its spiritual atmosphere, scenic landscape, and exquisite Gothic architecture. Read more

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Chorin Monastery was founded in 1258 and has undergone various changes over the centuries. Once a thriving Cistercian abbey, it was secularized during the Reformation and later served various roles such as a manor house, hospital, and even a factory. Today, it stands as one of the finest examples of Northern German Brick Gothic architecture. The monastery complex features a stunning combination of lofty arches, detailed carvings, and intricate traceries that are a visual feast for visitors.
The monastery is more than just a relic; it's a cultural center that hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including classical concerts, theater performances, and exhibitions. The surroundings, including the beautiful Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve, offer numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, from hiking to bird-watching.
The tranquility of the place invites visitors to take leisurely strolls around the meticulously kept gardens or to contemplate in the chapels. Whether you're a history enthusiast, architecture aficionado, or someone seeking spiritual solace, Chorin Monastery has something to offer you.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Chorin Monastery

The Monastery Church

The heart of the complex, the church showcases striking Gothic architectural elements and is often a venue for concerts.

Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve

Located near the monastery, this reserve is an ecological haven, perfect for hiking and wildlife observation.

Monastery Gardens

Designed in traditional monastic fashion, the gardens feature aromatic herbs and native plants, providing an ideal setting for peaceful walks.

Chorin Monastery Visitor Center

Offering guided tours and interactive exhibits, the center enhances your understanding of the site's history and significance.

The Chapter House

A room once used for monastic meetings, now hosting exhibitions and intimate performances.

The Cloister Courtyard

This central area is highlighted by its arches and is a venue for various seasonal events.

The Refectory

Formerly the dining hall of the monks, it is sometimes used for cultural events and exhibitions.

The Monastery Café

A cozy place offering local pastries and refreshments, adding a modern comfort to your historical journey.

The Library

Once a hub of scholarly activities, it now features an exhibition on the history of the monastery.

Nearby Lakes

A few lakes in proximity to the monastery offer water sports and are popular for picnics.

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