The former Cistercian monastery is well known far beyond the boundaries of the town of Walkenried. It stands at an altitude 280-350 meters above sea level on the sunny side of South Harz.
Classified as a building of historical importance, the monastery with the highly visible remnants of the once 90-meter-long Gothic Monastery Church has a largely preserved enclosure with Cloister, Fountain House, Chapter House, Monk's Rooms and Refectory.
The Walkenried Museum opened in 2006 within the walls of the former Cistercian Monastery, is considered one of the largest and most innovative monastery museums of Europe. The latest audio and visual productions take visitors on a fascinating journey through the time of the Cistercian monks of the former "Weissen Konzerns" (white group).
In 2010 the monastery was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status.
Each year on the fourth weekend in September the International Monastery Market takes place. Come and taste the different products offered and learn about life in over 30 monasteries.
Outside the monastery walls, Walkenried is surrounded by unique nature and a karst landscape with an extensive network of hiking trails within the natural landscape, and bird reserves. The popular hiking trail "Harzer Baudensteig", plus entrance to the network of mountain-bike trails of the Volksbank Arena Harz are close by.