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Monasteries as the cradle of culture on the Saale and Unstrut

Memleben Monastery

The monastery landscape on the Saale and Unstrut rivers offers historical personalities, architecture, culture and education, spirituality, wine and pleasure. So how about a trip to the historical monasteries?

In Memleben you start your journey at one of the oldest monastery towns on the Unstrut. At the former place of death of King Henry I and Emperor Otto the Great, a dreamlike monastery garden and a late Romanesque crypt offer the opportunity to rest. In the former cloister of the Benedictine monastery, visitors can learn a lot about monastic life and the death of a ruler in the Middle Ages.

Through the beautiful landscape of the Unstrut valley the monastery tour continues to Schulpforte. The famous Cistercian monastery of St. Marien zur Gorte is located directly at the gates of the town of Naumburg and was built in 1137 in close proximity to the river Saale. Visit the church, the cloister, the cloister areas and the surrounding monastery district and then fortify yourself in the Fischhaus an der Saale. Close to the local vineyards, a fantastic ambience invites you to eat and drink.

After the visit of the Benedictines and Cistercians, the Sisters of St. Clare lured to Weißenfels. A cloister that comes to life again after 500 years, a scriptorium that enchants with musical sounds, Romanesque and Gothic building elements let the visitor dive into the past and feel the medieval monastery flair on the Saale and Unstrut rivers.

Contact I
Memleben Monastery and Imperial Palace Museum
Thomas- Müntzer- Straße 48
06642 imperial palace
T 034672 60274
Opening hours
15 March to 31 October: daily 10am - 6pm
1 November to 14 March: outdoor facilities only, daily 10 am to 4 pm

Contact II
Cistercian monastery of Saint Mary to the gate
School Gate Foundation
Schulstrasse 22
06628 Naumburg OT School Gate
T 034463 628665
Opening hours
April to October: daily 10am - 6pm
November to March: daily 10 am to 4 pm

Contact III
St. Claren Monastery
Weissenfels citizens' association
Rosalskyweg 1
06667 Weissenfels
T 03443 4222073 or 0152 27156887
Opening hours
May to October:
Thursdays: 2 - 6 pm
every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month: 10-12 o'clock or by telephone

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