19399 Dobbertin ˇ Am Kloster
phone: 038736 86-100
fax: 038736 86-300
Welfare Work for the Care and Fostering of Mentally and Psychologically
||Dobbertin Monastery with its twin-towered
church, designed by Schinkel, is a unique treasure in Mecklenburg.
Founded by Benedictines in 1220 to house monks, it became a nunnery in 1237. In 1572 it was transformed into a home for aristocratic ladies. The church was extensively rebuilt to plans by Schinkel, carried out by G. A. Demmler. Its reopening was celebrated in 1857.
|Since 1960 these historic buildings have been a care
centre for retarded and psychologically sick people. In 1991 the Social Welfare Work Ltd.
took over responsibility.
This site is under a preservation order. There are plans for a thorough restoration in the near future. This area is a popular venue for day-trippers to enjoy nature and visit the historic monument. There are guided tours, starting at 3 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, from the middle of March to the middle of October.
In the park, adjacent to the monastery, the visitor can follow an educational trail to see some rare plants and trees.
The café in the grounds of the monastery, with views across the lake, offers coffee and cakes, ice-cream or a snack. In the workshops, the visitor can see the products made by the occupants.