It is thanks to Henry the Illustrious, Margrave of Meissen and Ostmark, that Neuzelle Monastery was built on the steep slopes of the Oder lowlands. In 1268 he donated a monastery to the Cistercian monks for the salvation of his deceased wife. Today, Neuzelle Monastery in the resort town of Neuzelle is one of the few completely preserved testimonies to monastic architecture.
In the 18th century, the monastery gardens were redesigned in the "French taste" and are today considered to be the only Baroque park in Brandenburg whose basic structures were not remodeled in later times. In recent years, parts of the historic garden monument have been largely restored by the Neuzelle Monastery Foundation according to plans from 1758 and impress with symmetries, visual axes as well as a terrace system that allows a wide view over the baroque gardens and the Oder lowlands. In 2008, the Neuzelle Monastery Gardens were chosen by the German Tourist Board as one of the 53 most important gardens in Germany.
The center of the gardens is the Orangery, where the orange trees and other southern plants from the monastery garden overwinter from October to May and which is used as a café, for events and for wedding ceremonies during the summer months. Visitors can be enchanted by the charm of the centuries-old monastery complex and experience a unique monastic garden culture. The view over the baroque garden and the Oder lowlands from the monastery is one of the most beautiful views in the state of Brandenburg.
Guests with limited mobility can access the baroque garden via the south entrance during the summer months.
Year of construction: 1758
Directions: Car: B 112 Frankfurt (Oder)-Eisenhüttenstadt- Neuzelle; Train: RE1 to Frankfurt (Oder), continue with RB11 to Neuzelle Oder-Neisse cycle path: exit Neuzelle approx. 2 km