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Germany, 7 Days

In the footsteps of St. Benedict in Huysburg Abbey, Ilsenburg, Halberstadt, Thale, Quedlinburg, Walbeck, Gross Ammensleben and Hadmersleben

Tour-Code:
 GER - 20107


  • Itinerary

    Day 1: After your arrival, continue in a modern long-distance bus to Huysburg Abbey. Check in to hotel for 6 nights (for example at Ekkehard-Haus). After the first dinner together attend the night prayer and get to know your group in a "welcome circle". Like other Benedictine communities the monks of the Huysburg live in a rhythm of work and prayer and the life together with their brothers in the spirit of the gospel and the Rule of Saint Benedict.

    Day 2: After breakfast drive to Ilsenburg, a spa resort and the gate to the Harz National Park. The 1000-year-old Abbey Church of St. Peter and Paul and the monastery are an oasis of tranquility. The ensemble is of high significance for architecture and cultural history and also the gate to Germany's Romanesque scenic route. Free time to explore the buildings and surroundings. Go on to nearby Drubeck Abbey for a visit to the Benedictine convent and the Romanesque Monastery Church of St. Vitus. Lunch break. The monumental westworks of the abbey church are visible from afar. The central part of the church of the 10th and early 11th century and St. Cyriakus' Church in Gernrode are renowned examples of early sacral architecture of Ottonian times. Continue to Halberstadt, the fifth?largest city of the state Saxony-Anhalt at the Northern foothills of the Harz mountains. Halberstadt Cathedral, dedicated to St. Stephan and St. Sixtus has the largest preserved ensemble of medieval. Guided tour of the cathedral (except on Mondays) including a viewing of the cathedral treasure, one of the world's most valuable church treasures. Among the objects are unique items of medieval art. The substantial collection of liturgical clothing is as unique as the precious Romanesque tapestry of the 12th century. The Romanesque tapestry depicting Abraham and the Angel as well as the tapestry depicting Christ and his apostles are the largest and oldest tapestries in Europe. Return to hotel. Spend the evening in the basement of the abbey of the gardens of Huysburg Abbey.

    Day 3: Huysburg Abbey. Ekkehard becomes the first abbot of the monastery in 1080.Since 1992 the Benedictine monastery founded in the 11th century "Huysburg" again belongs to the Catholic Church. In the morning go on a thorough guided tour of the church and church and monastery grounds (donations welcome) through "history and the present". Afterwards listen to a talk about the "Rule of St. Benedict". A group of about 9 Benedictine monks still lives in the monastery, in the northern wing of the monastery building. The monastery was founded in 1084 by Bishop Burkhard II. During a fire in 1525 it was severely damaged. After the Second World War it was rebuilt as a seminary for priests and many church gatherings were held at the abbey. Today the priory is a member of the international Benedictine congregation Annuntiatio and is associated with the Benedictine St. Matthias' Abbey in Trier. The Huysburg is a station of the Romanesque scenic route. Lunch break: in the monastery. Free time in the afternoon.

    Day 4: Continue to Thale for a guided tour of Wendhusen Abbey, considered to be the oldest abbey of former East Germany and one of the oldest centers for political, cultural and church life in the Harz region. In Gernrode visit to St. Cyriakus' Collegiate Church, a gem of medieval sacral buildings and a rare preserved building of the Ottonian Times in Germany. Markgrave Gero founded the convent of St. Cyriakus in 959. Between 1060 and 1130 southern side aisle a replica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem with statuettes, the most salient work of art in the collegiate church and also the oldest preserved example of this kind. The westworks with two spires, the central building and the apse were added In the 12th century. After a mid-day prayer and a light meal continue to Konradsburg Castle, a former Benedictine monastery. Konradsburg Castle is one of the impressive works of the cultural scene of the Harz region followed by visit to Groningen Priory. Return to hotel. Upon request have talks about the situation of the church in the GDR and today scheduled.

    Day 5: Continue to Quedlinburg, UNESCO world heritage site and birthplace of the poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. Visit the Church of St. Wiperti. The crypt and church, both Romanesque architectural masterpieces, represent their important past as royal court of the Saxon-Ottonian ruling house. Continue to Munzeberg to St. Mary's Church. Have a light meal together in the presbytery of St. Mathilda then visit the collegiate church. Return to hotel. In the evening listen to a short talk about the Benedictine Order in Saxony-Anhalt followed by community time in the abbey's basement or gardens.

    Day 6: After breakfast, continue to Walbeck to the ruins of a former collegiate church. Continue to Gross Ammensleben. The estates belonged to the house of the counts of Hillersleben-Ammensleben, who also founded a familial abbey here. Continue to Hadmersleben and return to hotel.

    Day 7: Departure.

    (subject to alterations)

  • Tour includes

    Accompanying English-speaking tour host, coach rides and day trips in a modern long-distance bus, experienced driver, and accommodation in mid-price hotels, double rooms with ensuite bathroom or shower/WC; half-board (breakfast and dinner), guided tours by trained local tour guides, maps and informative material.

  • Not included

    Tips, admission fees, beverages, personal expenses, possible increases in fuel prices.