Nunnery Wienhausen

Nunnery
29342 Wienhausen
Tel. 05149/18660

Opening times and guided tours:
April 1st to October 15th daily except on Monday, at 11.00 am, 12 midday and from 2.00 pm to 5 pm hourly, Sunday and church holidays from 12 midday to 5.00 pm hourly

Closed during the choir festival of the nunnery, on Good Friday and on the day before the beginning of the week of the tapestry exhibition

The nunnery of Wienhausen is the most important of the six medieval nunneries still existing on the Lüneburg Heath. It ranks as one of the most exceptional groups of North German brick built Gothic architecture in Europe.

This former Cistercian nunnery has been a Protestant women´s foundation since the Reformation. The original context between architecture and interior has been preserved in most parts of the Gothic building which dates from the 14th century. For example, the almost completely undamaged medieval furniture, liturgical utensils, the stained glass, the paintings in the choirloft and the "Holy Grave" dating from 1420. Apart from numerous sculptures, the "Nine Wienhausen Tapestries" count amongst the treasures belonging to the nunnery, wool embroidered on linen, following the medieval style of book illustrations and murals. The Tristan saga and the Legend of St. Thomas are two of the motives depicted on the tapestries which date from the 14th and 15th centuries. The tapestries are exhibited for a fortnight annually, as from Friday after Whitsun.

Concerts with hymns from the Wienhausen hymnal are performed in the choirloft on the two Saturdays during the fortnight of the exhibition.