Cistercian Monastery Chorin - the state's most precious jewels
The former Cistercian monastery is one of Brandenburg's chief historical monuments of early Gothic brick architecture. It was founded by the Ascanian Margraves, Brandenburg's medieval sovereigns, as a prestigious dynastic monastery and family burial site.
In 1542, in the course of the reformation, the abbey was dissolved and transformed into an estate belonging to Brandenburg's electoral princes. Then 200 years ago, the Prussian architect and advocate of monument preservation Karl Friedrich Schinkel took steps to save the abbey complex from further decay. He called it "the state's most precious jewels".
Chorin's history comes to life through the media stations and objects of its exhibitions: "Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Chorin", "Monastic Architecture and Economy". In 2019, a new permanent exhibition "Spiritual Daily Routine" will open. In the tranquil atmosphere of the infirmary, visitors can enjoy exhibitions displaying contemporary art.
The monument's highlights are its elaborate decorations and west facade constructed to convey prestige and power. Remnants of a mural (from about 1300) are still visible in the Prince's Hall. The landscaped park area surrounding the abbey was designed by Peter Joseph Lenné. The gravesite of the architect Max Taut is located in Chorin's historic grave yard. The one time ice cellar is now a winter home for bats.
Cultural events in the abbey
In Summer, the church nave is transformed into a stage for operas, theatre productions and concerts. Throughout the year, there are tours, presentations, and markets to enjoy.
(owner-operated municipal enterprise)
Amt Chorin 11a | 16230 Chorin
Visitor services: +49 (0)33366 70 3 77
Summer: daily 9am - 6pm
Winter: daily 10am - 4pm
*Reduced rates are available for school and university students, trainees, disabled persons, and the registered unemployed - with valid identification