Region of Abtei Mariawald, National park Eifel

The Mariawald Abbey is the only Trappist monastery in Germany. The abbey sits above the village of Heimbach, in the district of Düren in the Eifel, in the forests around Mount Kermeter, North Rhine-Westphalia. One of the most famous goods produced by the monks at Mariawald is their pea soup, which can be tasted at the abbey restaurant. 

History
Set in beautiful natural surroundings, the Mariawald Abbey is the only Trappist abbey in Germany. The Trappists are a Roman Catholic monastic order which emerged during the 17th century as a reformed branch of the Cistercian order. To finance the monastery, the monks run an art and book shop, where you can find a wide range of cultural-historical and religious literature. There is also a monastery shop with many products created by the monks themselves, such as the abbey liqueur, cosmetics, mustard, honey or chocolate, as well as the famous Fluitter Beer which is based on a traditional manufacturing method of the monks. You can also find a variety of products for sale from Belgian monasteries. The abbey restaurant provides for the physical well-being of pilgrims and travellers – for example the game caught in the surrounding woods and the famous Mariawalder pea soup which is known throughout the Eifel region. Mindful visitors can also occasionally catch a glimpse of the Mariawald monks silently engaged in their religious practices during a visit to the chapel.

  • Shop In the shop: monastery-produced liqueur, pea soup, organic beef goulash, mustard, sweets, chocolate, cakes, honey, a wide variety of breads and a range of natural cosmetics such as skin care creams and skin oils. Depending on the season, the monastery also sells game from the surrounding forests (wild boar, venison ham) as well as products from other Trappist monasteries such as herbal drinks from the Maria Frieden Abbey and Trappist beers and cheeses from Belgium.

  • Restaurant In the monastery’s restaurant it is possible to taste the monastery’s products (Mariawalderstrasse pea soup, monastery liqueurs, abbey beer, pastries and chocolates and Trappist beer and cheese products from Belgium), as well as bread and organic meat.

  • Museum The abbey is partly open to the public: it has a book shop, a monastery shop and part of the church can also be accessed by visitors.

Opening Hours

Openinghours shop
Summer: 11:00 AM – 18:00 PM.
Winter: 11:00 AM – 17:00 PM.
Friday and Sunday: shop opens at 11:20 AM 

Tourist Information

The Abbey Mariawald in Heimbach is the only Trappist abbey in Germany. The monks run a shop, where you can find a wide range of cultural-historical and religious literature as well as many products created by the monks themselves, such as the abbey liqueur, cosmetics, mustard, honey or chocolate, or the famous Fluitter Beer, based on a traditional manufacturing method of the monks. The restaurant of the abbey provides for the physical well-being of pilgrims and travelers offering the famous Mariawalder pea soup. Mindful visitors can occasionally catch a glimpse of the Mariawald monks silently engaged in their religious practices during a visit to the chapel. The town of Heimbach with its timbered houses, galleries and cozy guest houses is  definitely worth the trip. The old town of Heimbach and the abbey Mariawald are located in the Eifel National Park, a big nature animal and plant reserve ideal for hiking.

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Nordeifel / Heimbach-MariaWald-Urftsee-Rursee (Cycling)

Starting point: Heimbach

Arrival point: Heimbach

Lenght: 50 km

Elevation: 1485m

Difficulty: ****

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Around the Rursee (Cycling)

Starting point: Hürth

Arrival point: Hürth

Lenght: 70 km

Elevation: 1000m

Difficulty: ****

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Large Nordeifel tour (Cycling)

Starting point: Niedeggen

Arrival point: Niedeggen

Lenght: 98 km

Elevation: 2073m

Difficulty: *****

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Rundweg Mariawald mit Pilgerweg

Starting point: Schmidt

Arrival point: Schmidt

Lenght: 20 km

Elevation: 479m

Difficulty: ****

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Abbey Mariawald - Heimbach

Starting point: Abbey Mariawald

Arrival point: Abbey Mariawald

Lenght: 9,9 km

Elevation: 305m

Difficulty: ***

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Abbey Mariawald Tour - Hiking

Starting point: Heimbach

Arrival point: Heimbach

Lenght: 13,2 km

Elevation: 423m

Difficulty: ***

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