Kloster Eberbach is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval monasteries. It is located in the Rheingau Region of Germany, nestled among the vast stretches of farm fields and vineyards. Eberbach Monastery is the perfect place to spend the day. Either take a tour of the 900 year old Monastery, eat at its delicious restaurant, sample its extraordinary wines, or just stroll through the beautiful manicured grounds.
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A Brief History
The Monastery was founded in 1136 by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot Ruthart and twelve monks. Their goal was to live according to the rule ora et labora “by their own labour, agriculture and livestock breeding“. As a result of the strict monastic life they followed and the success of their agricultural efforts, most notably the vineyards and winemaking, they were able to turn the Monastery into a flourishing enterprise. It soon became one of the largest and most active monasteries of 12 century Germany.
There are four different ways to visit the Monastery:
- Walk around the outer grounds and visit the Wine Shop/Souvenir shop: free
- Dine at the Restaurant – free (located on the outer grounds)
- View the interior with an Entrance ticket/Self-Guided Tour: Adult – 10 euros, Children (6 – 17yr) and Students 6 -euros. Audio Guides are also available in several different languages
- Guided Tour (German only) – entrance ticket plus an additional 6 Euro
How to Buy Tickets
Tickets are available for purchase at the site on online. Buy your tickets HERE
Low season (1. November to 31. March)
Open from 11 am to 6 pm, seven days a week
Monastery Tour: Saturday and Sunday 2:00 pm
High season (30. March to 31. October)
Open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday
09:00 to 19:00, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
Monastery Tour: Friday: 3:00 pm / Saturday, Sunday, holidays and bridge days: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm / in May, September and October additionally at 12:15 pm
Check their website for the most current information HERE
How to get to Eberbach Monastery
Eberbach Monestary, is easily accessible by both car and public transportation.
Frankfurt Hbf 45min, Heidelberg Hbf 2:06hrs
Arrive at the Eltville Rhein Bahnhof, take the Bus line 172, which runs every hour to the Kloster Eberbach stop (Baroque Gate) ~20mins.
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Frankfurt 50min, Wiesbaden 20min, Heidelberg 1:25hrs
Parking – there is limited on site parking (4 euro), during large public events it will fill up fast.
Note: If you use public transportation, show your ticket for a 1 euro discount on your entrance ticket.
Address: Kloster Eberbach, Eltville am Rhein 65346, Hesse Germany
Visiting the Restaurant
On the out skirts of the Monastery is the restaurant Klosterschänke. The restaurant serves the most delicious seasonal menu and house wines. Whether you choose to sit on the beautiful patio or inside the historical tavern, they both are magical experiences that won’t disappoint.
Note: You do NOT need an Monastery ticket to eat at the restaurant. But, if you want to take advantage of the restaurant and a visit of the Monastery you can only scan your entrance ticket once. So, eat before or after you view the Monastery.
The Restaurant also requires reservations at the moment. You can either call or email:
Phone: +49 (0)6723 9178-290
No dogs Allowed inside the Monastery (they will allow you to leave your leashed dog in the garden, ask for details)
Kloster Eberbach hosts a large number of special events and exhibits throughout the year. Check the webpage HERE for additional information
Where to Stay
There is so much to see and do in this area, why not stay the night and explore the beautiful Rhine Region that surrounds you.
Hotel Kloster Eberbach ($$$) – stay on the monastery ground in their hotel with simple, clean rooms housed in the former mill and annex buildings from 1500s. There is a delicious restaurant, bar, garden, and free WiFi on the property. It is also pet friendly and has playground for kids.
Wein Hotel Koegler ($$$$) – The most gorgeous wine hotel on a historic estate in the middle of Eltville’s old town. Only 4 miles from the monastery and only a few blocks from the banks of the Rhine river. Beautiful simple rooms with wooden beams and stone walls, but with all the modern amenities you would expect. Beautiful court yard and free parking.
Hotel Kronenschlösschen ($$$$) – This dreamy castle is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and boasts lovely views of the Rhine River from its garden. The hotel is located only 2 miles from Eberbach Monastery in historic Hattenheim’s. It features elegant rooms with antique furniture plus all the modern amenities. Dine at the Kronenschlösschen’s its Michelin-star restaurant or order from its award wining wine selection.