Dobbertin Abbey

Dobbertin, Germany

Dobbertin Abbey is a former Benedictine monastery of monks, afterwards housed a community of nuns, and later still a women's collegiate foundation. The abbey was founded during the Christianisation of Germany in about 1220 by Prince Heinrich Borwin II of Mecklenburg and was the first field monastery in Mecklenburg. The founder gave it to the Benedictines for a community of monks. 15 years later it was turned into a Benedictine nunnery.

In 1549 the Landtag at Sagsdorf Bridge near Sternberg resolved to introduce the Lutheran Reformation into Mecklenburg. Despite violent resistance the abbey was secularised and in 1572 converted into a Lutheran collegiate foundation for noblewomen.

In the middle of the 19th century the church was restored by Georg Adolf Demmler to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The work was completed in 1857.

In 1918 the abbey premises became the property of the state and were converted into a youth hostel. After World War II Soviet troops were stationed here, and destroyed much of historical interest.

From 1947 to 1991 the buildings were used as an old people's residential and care home. Then they were transferred to the responsibility of the charitable organisation of the German Evangelical Church, who set up a care home for the severely physically handicapped.



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Founded: 1220
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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LROUC LROUC (6 months ago)
Very nice facility. Elaborately and authentically restored. Fireworks of brick architecture. Great location right on the lake. A place steeped in history, worthwhile. Decent parking available.
Sybille (7 months ago)
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Vögelchen Weltweit (14 months ago)
We practically camped next door and walked twice to the monastery because the sunset is so beautiful to watch from there. Can't rate the facility, since we were only there as vacationers, so only 4 stars - but it all makes a very idyllic impression. The complex is very well maintained, there is a cafe and it seems that the residents are able to lead a fairly free life. We were approached in a very friendly manner several times and had a lot of fun watching residents return from a trip on the lake on a self-made raft. In addition, a very relaxed, nice supervisor. All this in this beautiful, natural and peaceful environment - nice!
Bernd Ruhrmann (14 months ago)
Beautiful quiet area. Very tasty food in the monastery. The cake is delicious and fresh. A fantastic area for motorcyclists.
Reinhard Haberer (15 months ago)
Very nice facility of the Diakonie, right on the lake. Good for a walk. We only met nice handicapped people
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