Ruin of the medieval choir Heisterbach
Heisterbach

Heisterbach

The famous choir ruin of Heisterbach. It is all that is left from the medieval church that once was the biggest of the region, surpassed only by the gothic cathedral in Cologne. When you come from Oberdollendorf to Heisterbacherrott, you see already from far at your right the monastery’s baroque […]

Meadow at Heisterbach
Heisterbach

How the Monastery of Heisterbach was founded

By the end of the 12th century the first Cistercians monks had settled on the Petersberg. In those times, large parts of the area on the right bank of river Rhine were covered with dense forests, there were almost no safely made up roads and ways. Life was tough, especially […]

Heisterbach, Siebengebirge, the gate into the woods
Heisterbach

The Monk of Heisterbach

The Monastery of Heisterbach is situated in a beautiful valley below the Petersberg. In those days, the monks spent their days praying and working. One of them often wondered about the psalm saying that “to the Lord, a thousand years are like one day”, without understanding its full meaning. One […]