Michaelstein Abbey

Michaelstein Abbey | Music academy and museum

Michaelstein 15
38889 Blankenburg (Harz)
T: +49 3944 9030-0
F: +49 3944 9030-30

Getting here: Route planner

Parking spaces are provided for cars and coaches. The abbey grounds and the abbey are not fully accessible.


Opening hours

April to October

Monday10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Public holidays10 a.m.–6 p.m.

November to March

Tuesday        closed
Wednesday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday         11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Public holidays11 a.m.–4 p.m.

 Closed on 1 January and on 24 and 25 December.


Museum admission prices

Adult6 euros
Concessions4 euros
Family ticket13 euros

Free entry for children aged up to 6

More information can be found here:

Kloster Michaelstein

Guides tours

Guided tours are also offered outside opening hours, when booked in advance. Special themed tours, school projects and children's birthday parties by arrangement. Ask about our current packages.

Kloster Michaelstein


Music academy, history and gardens

The 850-year-old Cistercian Michaelstein Abbey is picturesquely situated in a valley near Blankenburg. After the Reformation, the building embarked on a secular path, being used as a school and then for agricultural purposes. The entire site still shows all the signs of the typical simple, solemn architecture of a monastery, however, and has been well preserved thanks to professional renovation. Today, the complex hosts an attractive mix of cultural offerings.

The first is the Saxony-Anhalt Music Academy. This offers musicians and musicologists a broad portfolio of continuing education and research, while the fascinating permanent exhibition “KlangZeitRaum” brings music history to life for every visitor. Instruments from four centuries, side by side with features such as an exciting sound and light installation, models and exhibits with experiments, enable visitors to hear and literally grasp how music has changed over time. The programme is rounded off by a varied range of concert events in the “Music Barn”.

Another kind of culture, this time in the form of botany and history, can be found in the monastic gardens, which have been faithfully reconstructed based on mediaeval sources. In the herb garden alone there are more than 260 different herbs once used by the monks to flavour food and for medicinal purposes! The vegetable garden, with its 100 plant varieties, also takes you back in time to the suppers served by mediaeval monks.

Upcoming Events

Feb 27
17.30 Uhr
Lesungen & Vorträge
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Feb 29
10.00 Uhr
Chor- und Ensembleleitung
Grundlagen der Chorleitung
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Feb 29
19.00 Uhr
Zu nächtlicher Stunde | Taschenlampenführung für jederman
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Feb 29
19.30 Uhr
Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes | Landesjugendchor Sachsen-Anhalt
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