Eibingen Abbey (in German Abtei St. Hildegard) is Benedictine nunnery, originally founded in 1165 by Hildegard von Bingen. It was dissolved at the beginning of the 19th century during the secularization of this part of Germany. The present community was established by Charles, 6th Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg in 1904 and re-settled from St. Gabriel's Abbey, Bertholdstein. The nunnery belongs to the Beuronese Congregation within the Benedictine Confederation. The current buildings were also built between 1900-1904 in Neo-Romanticism style.

In 1941, the nuns were expelled by the Nazis; they were not able to return until 1945. In 1988, the sisters founded Marienrode Priory at Hildesheim, which became independent of Eibingen in 1998.

The nuns work in the vineyard and in the craft workshops, besides undertaking the traditional duties of hospitality. They can be heard (but not seen) singing their regular services. The abbey is a Rhine Gorge World Heritage Site. The church has been used for concerts of the Rheingau Musik Festival, such as a 'BachTrompetenGala' with Edgar Krapp, organ.

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Founded: 1900-1904
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)

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Bivin Baby (4 months ago)
Beautiful Nuns Abbey! It was a pleasure to visit this famous Abbey. A short drive from Frankfurt. Vineyards and marvelous Rhein River makes this place even more beautiful. Wine ? war super delicious. It is a must try day out trip for family and wine lovers
James Stürmer (6 months ago)
Currently still observing mask protocols but Cafe and bookstore (I think) are open. Exterior grounds include extensive vineyards and numerous green areas that are perfect for sunning and having a picnic. The courtyards are well-planted and peaceful to relax in. The view of the river and valley are great. The evening (Golden) light makes for simply beautiful views and great photography. The Kloster itself is open for walk-through and is typical of the period and very lovely and nice. Overall a very nice place to visit (repeatedly).
Maro Altenhofen (12 months ago)
Place to visit... Nice view point ??
Erik (14 months ago)
Silent abbess, sunday prayer at 12'00 is beautiful gregorian chant by the sisters and lasts 15 minutes. Nice rosegarden and the sisters sell their own wine from the surrounding vineyard. I dont like the focus / devotion for Hildegard von Bingen, as it distracts from God. Her musical heritage is beautiful though.
Roberto Gilardoni (16 months ago)
Lovely location right in the vineyards. Great views and an opportunity to take nice photos. If you are looking for tranquility, you should consider moving in with the nuns or venture out for a walk toward the Niederwald Denkmal. The abbey with its cafe and shop can get a bit crowded.
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