Lindow Monastery

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Lindow’s history is inextricably linked to that of its monastery. The latter was probably founded around 1230 by the Counts of Arnstein, who also went by the title “Counts of Lindow”. The Reformation came in 1542 and the monastery was converted into a Protestant convent. It was one of the richest monasteries in the Brandenburg Marches up until 1638, when its valuable library and documents were destroyed by imperial troops. The old monastery school survives from this period.
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  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark, Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Tourist-Information der Stadt Lindow
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Tourist-Information der Stadt Lindow
  • Justus-Perels-Haus und Garten des Buches, Foto: Horst Borgmann
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
Situated on the picturesque Lake Wutzsee and housing twelve apartments, the monastery is now a public-law foundation of the Protestant Church Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz and houses an interdenominational Christian community.

Fontane described Lindow monastery and its historic cemetery in his novel “Der Stechlin”, where it is called Kloster Wutz. “Lindow is as lovely as its name suggests: it has grown up between three lakes, with old lime trees embracing it in their shade”: these are the words used by Theodor Fontane to express his feelings about this idyllically situated town, which he visited several times. But it was not until the third edition of his Walks through the Brandenburg Marches – The County of Ruppin, published in 1874, that he first mentioned Lindow. The three lakes he describes enthusiastically in his walks are Gudelacksee, Wutzsee and Vielitzsee. His novel Der Stechlin is a monument to the picturesque village of Lindow and its monastery.

Some of the old monastery buildings are still preserved as ruins. The building of the old monastery school dating back to the 15th century is still well preserved, as is the old washhouse. The former monastery is surrounded by a park with the old monastery cemetery with its historic graves of some of the nuns. The grave steles have been restored in recent years with funds provided by the German Foundation for Monument Protection.

The ruins of the monastery building, restored in 2011, are the landmark of the monastery and of Lindow itself. Like the monastery complex, it offers barrier-free accessibility.

Destroyed in the Thirty Years’ War, the monastery church is now used as an open-air church for worship and services. A fully accessible Jewish-Christian-Muslim garden is currently being created in the monastery. It is intended for inter-religious dialogue, recreation, worship and education. On a hike around Lake Wutzsee in the summer months, visitors might be lucky enough to hear the sound of monastery residents playing chorales.
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Lindow’s history is inextricably linked to that of its monastery. The latter was probably founded around 1230 by the Counts of Arnstein, who also went by the title “Counts of Lindow”. The Reformation came in 1542 and the monastery was converted into a Protestant convent. It was one of the richest monasteries in the Brandenburg Marches up until 1638, when its valuable library and documents were destroyed by imperial troops. The old monastery school survives from this period.
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  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark, Foto: Steffen Lehmann, Lizenz: TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Tourist-Information der Stadt Lindow
  • Kloster Lindow (Mark), Foto: Tourist-Information der Stadt Lindow
  • Justus-Perels-Haus und Garten des Buches, Foto: Horst Borgmann
Situated on the picturesque Lake Wutzsee and housing twelve apartments, the monastery is now a public-law foundation of the Protestant Church Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz and houses an interdenominational Christian community.

Fontane described Lindow monastery and its historic cemetery in his novel “Der Stechlin”, where it is called Kloster Wutz. “Lindow is as lovely as its name suggests: it has grown up between three lakes, with old lime trees embracing it in their shade”: these are the words used by Theodor Fontane to express his feelings about this idyllically situated town, which he visited several times. But it was not until the third edition of his Walks through the Brandenburg Marches – The County of Ruppin, published in 1874, that he first mentioned Lindow. The three lakes he describes enthusiastically in his walks are Gudelacksee, Wutzsee and Vielitzsee. His novel Der Stechlin is a monument to the picturesque village of Lindow and its monastery.

Some of the old monastery buildings are still preserved as ruins. The building of the old monastery school dating back to the 15th century is still well preserved, as is the old washhouse. The former monastery is surrounded by a park with the old monastery cemetery with its historic graves of some of the nuns. The grave steles have been restored in recent years with funds provided by the German Foundation for Monument Protection.

The ruins of the monastery building, restored in 2011, are the landmark of the monastery and of Lindow itself. Like the monastery complex, it offers barrier-free accessibility.

Destroyed in the Thirty Years’ War, the monastery church is now used as an open-air church for worship and services. A fully accessible Jewish-Christian-Muslim garden is currently being created in the monastery. It is intended for inter-religious dialogue, recreation, worship and education. On a hike around Lake Wutzsee in the summer months, visitors might be lucky enough to hear the sound of monastery residents playing chorales.
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Kloster 3-7

16835 Lindow (Mark)

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16816 Neuruppin

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Weather Today, 9. 8.

15 27
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

  • Wednesday
    12 29
  • Thursday
    14 30

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