Kloster Kreuzberg

stone beergarden entrance
atmospheric courtyard Biergarten

The Rhön Valley, where Kloster Kreuzberg is located,  is a local hiking favorite with trails for both walking and biking going in all directions. You could spend quite a few days exploring them and the pretty monastic grounds and not get bored.  The monastery conveniently offers rooms even to non-pilgrims and with the brewery right on the premises, you won’t go thirsty (or hungry) while here.

the hills around Kloster Kreuzberg & their church interior

kloster kreuzberg exterior
Kreuzberg 2
97653 Bischofsheim/Rhön
Tel: +49 (0) 9772 9124-0

Gersfeld Station 16 km/Bad Neustadt (Saale) Station 30 km

Opening hours:
Daily 8:00 to 8:00 (lunch from 10:30)

Output: 8500 HL

Founded in 1731, this is a true monastic brewery with beer still brewed by Franciscan monks. Staying in the monastery is possible and very reasonable but it’s a bit of a monastic experience as everything closes at 8:00 in the evening. Rooms are comfortable but a bit spartan with no entertainment and if crucifixes on the wall bother you, this might not be for you.  That said, it’s a great way to enjoy their excellent beer and food at very reasonable prices.  I’ve stayed there a couple times and quite enjoyed it. It’s a very peaceful and pretty area and once the daytime crowds head back down the nearly 1000 meter hill, a good night’s sleep is assured, especially if you’ve had a few of their beers!

My first visit was a long time ago with my then girlfriend (now wife) who was gracious enough to drive me there in her car. It was a place I’d wanted to go to for a long time but it’s nearly impossible to get there using public transport, though tourist buses run in summer.  We had the mixed meat plate and surely all of their beers.

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Smiles all around during our first visit in 2003

We returned a few years later with my in-laws and they loved it, too.  I finally got their massive Haxen (pork knuckle) and stuck to their Dunkles that time around.

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A huge Haxen & a liter mug of Kloster Dunklesbier

Beers: Kreuzberger Kloster Dunkel, Kreuzberger Kloster Pils.

Beer calendar:
Kreuzberger Hefe-Weizen (May to October only at the Kloster)
Keuzberger Klosterbier Weihnachtsbock (from November to January while it lasts)

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