The town of Walkenried, which has become famous far beyond its borders due to its former Cistercian monastery, lies at an elevation of 280 to 350 metres above sea level in the sunny southern Harz Mountains.
As a building of historical rank, the monastery impresses with the remains of the once 90-metre-long Gothic monastery church, visible from afar, and the largely preserved cloister building with cloister, well house, chapter house, brother's hall and refectory.
The Cistercian Museum Walkenried Monastery, which opened in 2006 within the walls of the former monastery, is considered one of the largest and most innovative in its field in Europe. State-of-the-art acoustic and visual presentations take visitors on an exciting journey through the time of the Cistercian monks and the "White Corporation" of the time.
The Cistercian Museum Walkenried Monastery is the oldest part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ensemble 'Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System'.
Every year on the fourth weekend in September, the monastery hosts the international monastery market. On market days, visitors get to know different products and ways of life from 30 monasteries.
But even outside the monastery walls, Walkenried, surrounded by the unique natural and karst landscape, has a lot to offer with an extensive network of hiking trails in landscape, nature and bird conservation areas, its location on the popular 'Harzer Baudensteig' hiking trail and access to the 'Volksbank Arena Harz' mountain bike trail network.