Heath Cloisters

Religious centers in the Lüneburg Heath: the six active heath cloisters

In the Lüneburg Heath, there are six active Protestant cloisters. These interesting buildings date back to the time of the brick Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. The youngest and the only Protestant cloister building in northern Germany is Medingen Cloister which was built in 1787 in the early classical style. Today, single Protestant women live here in a Christian community whereby each has their own apartment and a private garden. Unlike Catholic cloisters, these women's communities have a more social, cultural and artistic function.

The six Heath Cloisters

Medingen Cloister in Bad Bevensen

Since 1336 there has been a cloister in Medingen which was originally known as Zellensen. Originally a Cistercian nunnery, it became a Protestant convent after the Reformation during the reign of Duke Ernst ("the Confessor") of Brunswick and Lüneburg in 1559.

Kloster Medingen St. Mauritius
Klosterweg 1
29549 Bad Bevensen
Phone: +49 5821 2286

Ebstorf Cloister

The Ebstorf Cloister was founded in 1160 by Premonstratensian monks. After a fire in the 12th century, however, Benedictine nuns from the cloister of Walsrode came to Ebstorf. Ebstorf soon developed into a Marian shrine. The cloister's North German brick Gothic buildings with the large church date back to the 14th century.

Kloster Ebstorf
Kirchplatz 10
29574 Ebstorf
Phone: +49 5822 2304

Isenhagen Cloister in Hankensbüttel

The Cloister of Duchess Agnes of Meissen, a daughter of Henry the Lion, was founded in 1243 in Alt-Isenhagen as a Cistercian cloister. After a fire, it was moved to Marienrode and used from 1262 onward as a Cistercian cloister. After another fire in 1345 the construction of today's cloister began in Hankensbüttel.

Kloster Isenhagen
Klosterstr. 2
29386 Hankensbüttel
Phone: +49 5832 313

St. John's Monastery in Walsrode

This monastery is not only the oldest of the six heath cloisters, it also has the most dynamic history. According to a document of King Otto III, it was founded in the mid-10th century as a convent of canons dedicated to John the Baptist. Almost 300 years later it was converted into a Benedictine monastery.

Kloster St. Johannes
Kirchplatz 2
29664 Walsrode
Phone: +49 5161 485838-0

Lüne Cloister in Lüneburg

The former Benedictine cloister was founded in 1172. After two fires, the existing medieval buildings which date back to 1372 were built near the center of the historic town of Lüneburg. The cloister has been a women's convent since the Protestant Reformation.

Kloster Lüne
Am Domänenhof
Phone: +49 4131 52318

Wienhausen Cloister

Because of its rich art history, Wienhausen Cloister is the best known of the six monasteries in the Lüneburg region. It was initially founded in 1221 in Nienhagen, but moved ten years later because of the mosquitoes in the swampy terrain to Wienhausen on the Aller River.

Kloster Wienhausen
An der Kirche 1
29342 Wienhausen
Phone: +49 5149 18660

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