After the original Benedictine Abbey on the Altmünster Plateau had been destroyed in 1542, the monks built a new abbey or Neumünster in 1606 in the Grund. This in turn was destroyed by fire in 1684 but was rebuilt on the same site in 1688 and extended in 1720. After the French revolution, it served as a police station and prison before becoming a barracks for the Prussians after Napoleon's defeat in 1815. From 1867, it once again became a state prison. During World War II, the Nazis used the Abbey to imprison political resisters to their occupation of Luxembourg. Among the most notable of those political prisoners was Luxembourg's best-known sculptor Lucien Wercollier.

Today Neumünster Abbey is a public meeting place and cultural centre. Since 1997, it has been the home of the European Institute of Cultural Routes.



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Founded: 1606
Category: Religious sites in Luxembourg

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Levente Berky (18 months ago)
Nice place to see while staying here. Also the interior of the side building is a nice theater. Enjoyed the concert here.
Garry (2 years ago)
Very beautiful abbey located just below the Wenzel Wall. The abbey is overlooked by the Bock Promontory and can be seen in great detail from the top of the wall. Getting down to the abbey is a breeze following the Wenzel walk under the Grund gate and down into the Vale itself. Pass the red sandstone bridge and cross over the stone bridge pictured in the images.
Melanie Guttermann (2 years ago)
Different events throughout the whole year. Great location near the city center. Good for walking and visiting. Christian Church and natural museum especially for kids nearby
Jessie Hands (2 years ago)
Stunning! Greatly accessible too! Which was a pleasant surprise. Add it to the list of places to see in this city, you won’t be disappointed!
MissSJ (2 years ago)
With a rich history and several revolutions, the Neumünster Abbey was once a police station and prison to imprison political resisters during the Luxembourg occupation. In May 2004, the abbey opened to the public as a meeting place and a cultural centre hosting concerts, exhibitions, and seminars. A beautiful surrounding overlooking from the top.
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