For nearly 1000 years monks lived in the Seligenstadt monastery, according to the rules of the Benedictine order. Today, the abbey, with its venerable buildings and magnificent garden, is once again a baroque ensemble and provides an impressive insight into monastic life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Seiligenstadt is roughly 30 minutes from Frankfurt am Main.
It’s almost completely preserved, considering its long history. The monastery garden dates back to the abbey’s foundation by Einhard, the biographer of Charlemagne, and the complex was later rebuilt in the baroque style. In the course of secularization, the abbey and gardens became the property of the Landgraves of Hessen-Darmstadt and are now owned by the state. The original medieval walls have been preserved in the abbey church and cloister, but the monastery complex was converted to baroque style after it was damaged in the late 17th century during the Thirty Years' War.
Within the garden you will find a play ground and play area, hence a great combination for a wonderful stroll in combination with a little bit of playtime for younger children.
The monastery is typically open from 10:00 - 16:00, whereas the garden is open all year round from the same time in the mornings until sunset or 20:00 in the summer months. Please check on the website for additional information.