Marienmünster — Benedictines In The Teutoburg Forest

Fantastic, it’s been months since I’ve been to North Rhine-Westphalia — didn’t realize how much I missed it until now. Lucky for me I’ve gotten to learn all about the town of Marienmünster, located right next to Höxter, and very close to Bad Driburg.

The biggest “attraction” in town isn’t really an attraction at all. I know, that doesn’t make sense, but what do you call an Abbey Church that’s almost 900 years old? This grand Romanesque Church is stunning, even if the actual Kloster was dissolved more than 200 years ago; plus it makes a wonderful venue for music concerts.

One of Marienmünster’s other medieval churches that you must see is St. Kilian’s in Vörden; even though it was constructed in 1140, the exquisite altar comes from Europe’s Renaissance period. However, it was the St. Patroklus that brought many to its doors — a pilgrimage church in Löwendorf, said to be the place of miracles.

Who couldn’t use one of those right now?

Even the town’s chapels are lovely. In my not-so-humble opinion, I think the tiny chapel in the village of Bremerberg is one of the best — especially in the summer when the trees framing this old building are in full bloom. Others might say it’s the Hungerbergkapelle (built 1779) that’s their favorite.

I promise, you won’t live by old churches alone here. Since Marienmünster lies within the Teutoburg Forest, just breathing in the fresh air is good for the soul. Get used to it, as two of the nearby castles (Castle Thienhausen and Castle Hinnenburg) are privately owned — so you can only view from out here.

The Manor House Vörden, in all its resplendent Baroque glory, is the nearest to see — just be sure to take lots of pictures.

After salivating over medieval and Baroque castles, you’re still not done with the whole outdoor thing. You’ll find Kneipp areas, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and even miniature golf to keep you busy.

Yes, it’s been great making Marienmünster’s acquaintance, all the while renewing my love for North Rhine-Westphalia. I sure hope you like it, too.

 

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