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Kloster Walkenried

In Walkenried in the southern Harz, “ora et labora” is still perceptible today

Lernen und arbeiten – die Ruinen des Klosters verbreiten historisches Flair

Besinnliche Ruhe liegt meist über dem dörflichen Walkenried an der Wieda, das im späten 11. Jahrhundert erstmals schriftlich erwähnt wurde. Seine Geschichte ist lang und bedeutend und hat die hoch aufragenden Ruinen der Klosterkirche, dem Mittelpunkt des Ortes, zum Welterbe der UNESCO werden lassen. Walkenried ist ein Musterbeispiel für das Zusammenspiel von Wissen und Arbeiten. Von hier aus begann die Urbarmachung des südlichen und nördlichen Harzes, getragen durch den Intellekt der Mönche des 1129 gegründeten Zisterzienserklosters. Diese konzentrierten das ingenieurtechnische Wissen ihrer Zeit und schufen Verwaltungsformen für die Zukunft. Die auf den Resten eines romanischen Vorgängerbaus errichtete gotische Klosterkirche war eine der größten in Norddeutschland, über 90 Meter war sie lang. Im krisenreichen 14. Jahrhundert setzte dann der Niedergang des Klosters ein, Bauernkrieg und Reformation taten ihr Übriges. In den 1970er-Jahren wurde die Ruine restauriert und gesichert und ist heute ein beliebtes Wanderziel im staatlich anerkannten Luftkurort Walkenried

Learning and working – the ruins of the monastery spread historical flair

Reflecting peace lies mostly over the village Walkenried an der Wieda, which was first mentioned in writing in the late 11th century. Its history is long and significant and has made the highly towering ruins of the monastery church, the centre of the village, the world heritage site of UNESCO. Walkenried is a prime example of the interplay between knowledge and work. From here began the cultivation of the southern and northern Harz, carried by the intellect of the monks of the Cistercian monastery founded in 1129 Cistercian monastery. They concentrated the engineering knowledge of their time and created administrative forms for the future. The Gothic monastery church built on the remains of a Romanesque predecessor building was one of the largest in northern Germany, over 90 metres long. The decline of the monastery then began in the crisis-laden 14th century, and the peasant war and Reformation did the rest. The ruin was restored and secured in the 1970s and is now a popular hiking destination in the state-approved climatic health resort of Walkenried.

Walkenried – village and monastery flow into each other

The ruins of the monastery church and the cloister building from the 13th century can be visited at any time at extended Klosterplatz. Well developed tours and hiking trails lead through the village past the castle park and to the nature-protected ponds once laid out by the monks in the marshland – 365 are said to have been a fish reservoir for every day of the year and today an Eldorado for anglers – and further into the fertile agricultural landscape.

The Priorteich-Sachsenstein nature reserve

On the Karst hiking trail you can walk southwest from Walkenried to the steep Höllstein cliffs, which guarantee beautiful views of the village and the fish ponds at the foot of the cliffs. For the attentive observer there are also geological peculiarities like the dwarf holes to discover. Behind the fairytale-like name lies a natural phenomenon worth experiencing. The small gypsum spring caves near the surface are of great geological significance. A extended network of hiking trails leads through the landscape into species-rich nature reserves and bird sanctuaries, where the diversity of the southern Harz can be explored up close.

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