Buch MonasteryNew chapter in old walls
Wherever Cistercians built monasteries, they turned forests and marshes into fertile land, and brought civilisation and progress. This also happened at the end of the twelfth century at a smooth bend of the Freiburger Mulde River.
For more than three hundred years these monks had been actively involved in the development of the region and, with their knowledge, helped this area to blossom. The monks disappeared as a result of the Reformation of the early sixteenth century, but the cultural spirit in the St. Marien Monastery has returned to its ancient walls after nearly half a millennium of exclusive agricultural use.
The slogan of the Cistercians ”Porta patet cor magis” – “The door is open, but the heart even more” – has taken on a new significance, when today markets, festivals, concerts and training events take place on the imposing monastery lands. Themed gardens, which were laid out with care and hard work, invite you to come and see how the monks worked each day. Buch Monastery has again become the cultural-historical centre of the region.