The town of Kloster Lehnin is kind of misleading. It DOES have a Kloster or, in English, a monastery; but the name leads you to believe that all there is in this Brandenburg town. And nothing could be further from the truth.
But, let’s not get it twisted; the Lehnin Abbey is one of the most visited sites in town. Built back in 1180, it’s one of the oldest monasteries in the region and after falling into ruins, many of the Gothic buildings in the complex were restored in the 1870’s.
Religion was (and in some cases still is) a large part of daily life and in each of Kloster Lehnin’s thirteen hamlets, you’ll find a village church; one dates back to the 12th century; but most are designed in a Baroque style. Even the old Baroque gravestones in the old cemetery are interesting pieces of art in their own right.
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Eating and drinking is still a huge part of daily life and Kloster Lehnin has a museum dedicated to baking. There are old outside brick ovens to see and an annual baking celebration; and an old distillery to visit.
Kloster Lehnin has an interesting farming museum with a look into agricultural life from the 1870’s to around 1950. They must grow a lot of gourds (think pumpkins & the like), they’re needed for the yearly Kürbisfest; a two day festival in September with concerts and artwork created out of the veggies.
The natural side of Kloster Lehnin is really pretty, too. Over near Rietzer See in a bird sanctuary there’s an observation tower that overlooks the countryside. It’s even possible to swim in the lakes that surround the town.
The town’s rolling green hills are simply stunning and whoever built the early 18th century Schloss Reckahn was lucky enough to wake up to the view everyday.
Now you can see, that the town is so much more than just the monastery that shares its name.