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Memleben Monastery and Imperial Palace Museum

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Fascinating journey through time at the place where Emperor Otto I died and the site of a medieval monastery.

Far away from hectic, hustle and bustle and noise, the small town of Memleben is located in the Unstrut valley. Once the site of a palatinate, it was a hive of activity, where King Heinrich I and Emperor Otto I took up residence with numerous followers. Today, visitors take a break in a medieval monastery complex. 

Review: Memleben goes back in the 10th century as
Fascinating journey through time at the place where Emperor Otto I died and the site of a medieval monastery.

Far away from hectic, hustle and bustle and noise, the small town of Memleben is located in the Unstrut valley. Once the site of a palatinate, it was a hive of activity, where King Heinrich I and Emperor Otto I took up residence with numerous followers. Today, visitors take a break in a medieval monastery complex. 

Review: Memleben goes down in history in the 10th century as the place where King Henry I (†936) and Emperor Otto the Great (†973) died. The foundation of the monastery by Emperor Otto II served to secure the so-called Memoria. Prayerful remembrance, especially cultivated in monasteries, was of special importance for the ancestors and their own family in the Middle Ages for the salvation of souls after death. Thanks to the benevolent support of the Ottonians, the Memleben monastery quickly developed into an important imperial abbey, which, although it had to suffer a number of setbacks from 1015 onwards, ultimately existed until the 16th century. The Benedictine spirit can still be felt within the monastery walls today. The breathtaking architecture, the ground plan of a monumental church from the 10th century and the ruins of a second church from the 13th century, tell of the times when the monks made a significant contribution to the development of the cultural landscape along the Saale and Unstrut rivers. But also modern monks regularly move into the former monastery. Benedictine monks from Münsterschwarzach Abbey, for example, invite visitors to pray in the late Romanesque crypt of the "Belebtes Kloster" (lively monastery). In addition, open discussions and a monastery workshop offer the opportunity to learn something about current monastic life. 

Another highlight is the visit of the exhibitions. This is not only about conveying historical facts. With its numerous interactive stations, the museum turns the multifaceted history of Memleben into an exciting journey through time, which is a great adventure for children and adults alike.  
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Mid-March to 31st October:
daily 10:00 - 18:00 o'clock

1 November to the beginning of March:
daily 10:00-16:00 only outdoor area
  • for all weathers
  • for school classes
  • for families
  • for individual guests
  • for children (any age)
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Cash payment
  • EC card
  • WC facility
  • Nappy-changing room
  • Disabled WC
  • Disabled access
Adults: 8,00€
adults reduced: 7,00€
Children: 5,00€
Children reduced: 4,00€
Family ticket: 20,00€
by car:
- A 4 direction Chemnitz, exit Apolda - B 87 direction Apolda, Eckartsberga, Naumburg - at Eckartsberga on the B 250 via Bad Bibra to Nebra, from there direction Memleben
- A 38 towards Leipzig, exit Eisleben - B 180 towards Querfurt - after Querfurt on the B 250 to Nebra, from there towards Memleben
- A 9 direction Leipzig, exit Naumburg - B 180 via Naumburg to Freyburg, follow the Freyburg bypass (B 176/180), continue on B180 via Gleina, direction Querfurt - before Steigra turn left (cement plant) and follow the signs to Nebra, from there direction Memleben
- A 14 direction Leipzig, Schkeuditzer Kreuz - A 9 to exit Leipzig-West - B 181 direction Merseburg, via Braunsbedra to Freyburg - B 180 direction Querfurt - before Steigra turn left (cement plant) and follow the signs to Nebra, from there direction Memleben
- A 14 direction Leipzig, exit Halle/Trotha - B 6 to Halle - B 80 direction Eisleben - before Eisleben on the B 180 direction Querfurt - B 250 to Nebra, in Nebra direction Memleben
- A 9 towards Leipzig, exit Leipzig-West - B 181 towards Merseburg, via Braunsbedra to Freyburg - B 180 towards Querfurt before Steigra turn left (cement plant) and follow the signs to Nebra, from there towards Memleben

by public transport:
from Naumburg main station (with ICE stop) take the Burgenlandbahn to Nebra and from there take the bus (Kupfer-Wein-Linie) to Memleben The bus stop is located directly in front of the monastery. The travel time from Naumburg main station is one hour.

by bike:
via the Unstrutradweg

Where:

Address:

Memleben Monastery and Imperial Palace Foundation

Thomas-Müntzer-Strasse 48
06642 Imperial Palace OT Memleben
Phone: +49 34672 / 60274
E-mail: info@kloster-memleben.de
website: http://www.kloster-memleben.de/

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