The Unstrut Cycle Trail runs idyllically between vineyards and the abbey in the nature park near Memleben. If you stop off at the Museum, Abbey and Imperial Palace in Memleben abbey on the Romanesque Road you can not only look after your physical well-being with homemade cakes, regional products and good Saale-Unstrut wine from the abbey shop, but also enjoy a cultural, and possibly even spiritual experience.
Today the place of death of King Heinrich I and Emperor Otto the Great still offers breathtaking architectural testaments to the medieval abbey. Thanks to various archaeological findings, it has been possible to reconstruct the floor plan of a monumental church dating from the 10th century. This has been made visible to visitors in the form of paving, and illustrates the enormous significance of the former imperial abbey in Memleben.
The splendid ruin of a second abbey church dating from the 13th century is a romantic eye catcher, and an inviting spot to spend some time enjoying the abbey garden. But above all the very well preserved late Romanesque crypt exerts a spiritual attraction over many visitors. Here, in the context of an abbey that is still very much alive, every now and then the Benedictine monks sing their psalms and visitors are invited to join in the divine office.
15 March - 31 October
Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1 November - 14 March
Outdoor grounds daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.