The collegiate church St. Marienthal is the oldest women's convent of the Cistercian Order in Germany, which has existed without interruptions since its founding in 1234. Hospitality according to the rule of St. Benedikt, whose rules our life here is based on, takes up a special place and shall be "bestowed on all who come to the convent". We kindly invite you for reflection and silence, recreation and holidays. For interested persons, we offer the possibility to spend a time of silence and reflection here after arrangement, in which you can work and pray with us. The Josefshaus and the residence of the convent administrator offer the possibilities of overnight stays for up to about 35 persons in single and double rooms.
Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:
- Guest information (door 97 cm) is accessible without steps
- Mostly ground-level access to the sites
- Convent church is accessible via mobile ramps (with prior registration)
The rulers of Upper Lusatia – or the “Äberlausitz”, as the locals call their region – often changed, and none of them ever lived locally, which meant that the region could preserve a lot of its autonomy. This also allowed for the peaceful coexistence of Germans and Sorbs, and of different religions as well. Thus, two Cistercian abbeys in Upper Lusatia have survived all the ravages of time and the Reformation. The convent of St Marienthal near Ostritz has existed even longer, since 1234. The abbey grounds have an international meeting center with accommodation. It is part of the Via Sacra, a tourist route in the tri-border area between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. The holy cultural route leads to unique religious buildings and art treasures and is marked by sixteen stations.