Their chapter house, which is accessible via the stairs of the tower in the baroque garden, is only open during Holy Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.
Tholey Abbey is the oldest monastery in Germany. It was first mentioned in 634 AD and today houses twelve monks from five nations aged between 24 and 75. The abbey church is one of the oldest Gothic churches in Germany and is the only one in Europe whose windows have seen a complete redesign in the 21st century. 34 of the 37 windows were designed by Mahbuba Maqsoodi, an Afghan artist of Muslim faith. The design of the three remaining choir windows is courtesy of Gerhard Richter, the most eminent living artist of our time.
From 1 October, Tholey Abbey is open from Wednesday to Monday between 10 am and 5 pm. Entrance is via the new visitor centre at Römerallee 5, where, in addition to an exhibition, you will also find the abbey’s shop selling local products, including delicacies produced by the abbey such as honey, jam and fruit brandies, the new Tholeyer Abteibräu beer and abbey wine.
The early Gothic abbey church built between 1230 and 1260 AD with its 37 new windows is particularly worth seeing. The three choir windows by Gerhard Richter are more than nine metres hight.
Depending on the time of day, the colourful stained glass windows will direct your view into the upper garden, where the varied play of colours of the light reflections in the interior is reflected on the vaulted caps and the wall surfaces.
The Baroque organ case dates from 1736 and was built by Roman Benedikt Nollet from Trier.
The abbey church features high quality works by the church goldsmith Fritz Schwerd from 1963. The wooden choir stalls in the main choir of the abbey church date from 1704. They have a high back wall with projecting beams. 14 sculptures – seven on each side – symbolise the duties of the daily monastic routine.
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Visit the monastery garden and abbey church on your own. You can purchase our brochure for the most important information about Tholey Abbey.
Guided tours (without prior registration):
On weekends we offer open guided tours. They lasts 90 minutes and are supported by an audio guide.
These tours take place on Saturdays at 2.15 pm and on Sundays at 12.15 pm and 2.15 pm.
You can buy tickets in the visitor centre. For prices, please see opening times/entrance fees.
To secure your place, we recommend booking.
Guided tours for groups
Groups for up to 19 people can discover Tholey Abbey with a certified guide. Guided tours last
Please note: Group size is limited to 19 due to coronavirus regulations.
Group tours depend on the monks’ daily routine and start at the following times: 10.15 am (except Sundays), 11.45 am, 12.15 am, 1.45 pm, 2.15 pm and 3.30 pm.
Daily up-to-date information can be found here.
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