Panschwitz-Kuckau Travel Guide

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    a hearty meal worth the trip
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Panschwitz-Kuckau Things to Do

  • Ralbitz churchyard

    A couple of km northeast of Rosenthal, and about a 15 minutes drive north of Abbey St. Marienstern, is the village Ralbitz. It is famous for its churchyard. What makes it so special is not the parish church, but the cemetery: Wooden crosses, each painted white - the colour of grief for the Sorbs - and with the same decoration - guilded crucifixus,...

  • Rosenthal

    Only a few km north of Panschwitz-Kuckau is the village Rosenthal with a pilgrim church. The legend says that end of the 15th century a little Mary figure was found in a hole in a linden tree there, soon after a small little wooden chapel was erected. A first altar dedicated to St. Mary is known since 1513, a larger, massive chapel since 1537. The...

  • Lippe park

    If you have the time then go for a walk in the park right south of the abbey grounds. This park is named "Lippe Park" after the Sorbian word for linden tree = Lipa. And right, you'll see many beautiful old linden trees in the Lippe Park, which is landscaped like an English park. The park stretches along both sides of the creek Klosterwasser in a...

  • Abbey garden

    The garden of the abbey was severely damaged by a flood in 1991 and then reconstructed and turned into a sort of botanical garden - the goal is to teach/educate the visitor. Themes are herbs, fruit, veggies, flowers, all sorts of cultural plants. The focus is on ecology (organic food!), but also religion (biblical plants e.g.)It is a very beautiful...

  • Treasure museum

    Since 1999 the abbey has a small treasure museum. In 2002 another four rooms were turned into exhibit rooms. Now they have about 150 excellent works of art from the 13th to 19th century on display. They are mostly religious pieces, but a small part of the museum is also on the history and daily life of the people and villages that belonged to the...

  • Abbey Church

    The church is a Gothic building: oldest parts (southern walls toward the cloisters e.g.) are from the middle of the 13th century, right after the abbey was founded. In a second phase, in the late 13th century, the church was reconstructed and that's how it looks in our days: It is a hall with three naves, the ground floor of the southern nave is...


Panschwitz-Kuckau Restaurants

  • Klosterstübel

    Of course there is a restaurant on the abbey grounds, it is right next to the main gate (turn left after coming in) in the so called Bernhard house, named after Bernhard von Clairvaux. Until 1997 it provided accommodation for guests of the abbey, now it is home of the treasure museum (upstairs) while the restaurant Klosterstübel occupies the ground...

  • a lovely biergarten

    Kloster St. Marienstern is a charming complex and their restaurant is a vaulted affair from what I gather on their website. I've been in similar places and I'm sure it's an atmospheric place for a meal but on the day we visited it was a glorious sunny day and we took full advantage of their even more charming outside dining area. We lucked out with...

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Panschwitz-Kuckau Transportation

  • Car

    If you really *must* drive, then you will probably use the A4 motorway Dresden - Görlitz. Take exit "Uhyst a. T." or "Burkau" and drive from either in direction Kamenz. It's only a few km on the minor roads, a nice drive through lovely landscape with rolling hills, very rural.Leave the car either on the parking at the road in direction Bautzen,...

  • Bus

    Getting to Panschwitz-Kuckau and the abbey by public transportation is pretty easy on weekdays/school days (about hourly service) - not so on weekends/school holidays. There is a bus # 102 that runs between Kamenz and Bautzen and stops in the village. From the bus stop it is a five minutes walk down the street to the abbey.Both Kamenz and Bautzen...

  • not the most convenient location

    Kloster St. Marienstern is not the easiest place to get to and to visit this interesting area it is best to drive. Thankfully my wife's family was happy to take us there once I discovered there was a "monastic brewery" in their native Saxony. It is in the Sorbian region of northeastern Saxony near the Polish border. There is still a strong Slavic...


Panschwitz-Kuckau Shopping

  • Klosterladen - Jam

    I'm not one to buy the typical souvenirs. The Klosterladen (shop in the abbey) has all the stuff you would expect, from religious items over postcards, candles, calendars, books to abbey beer (brewed in Wittichenau, though), liquor. What caught my attention were the jams, made by the nuns themselves. I picked a jar of cranberry jam for 3.90 Euro,...

  • Bakery

    The nuns run a bakery with a shop. And what a bakery! Their products are totally delicious, best I've every had. Organic stuff, too. From whole grain bread over yummy cakes to cookies, everything is of high quality, delicious, and inexpensive. A visit to the abbey is incomplete without buying something at the bakery.Side note: Many of the employees...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Panschwitz-Kuckau Local Customs

  • Bilingualism - Sorbian culture

    When visiting this region please keep in mind that this is where the Sorbs, the slavic minority in Germany, live. The region around the abbey St. Marienstern is predominantly catholic, another minority in Saxony.The Sorbs are an officially recognised minority, their culture including use of language in daily life are constitutionally guaranteed....

  • Jakub Bart-Ćišinski

    One of the sons of the village, Jakub Bart (1856 - 1909, Ćišinski is a pseudonym and means "the quiet") became a catholic priest and one of the leading writers in Sorbian language. He is best known for his sonnets, ballads and poems. He was forced to spend many years outside the Sorbian region (Dresden, Chemnitz) but fought for the rights of...

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Panschwitz-Kuckau Off The Beaten Path

  • Ostro

    A bit larger than Schweinerden and Cannewitz, Ostro is also an old Slavic settlement. It is at a bit elevated position about 2 km from the Abbey St. Marienstern. I saw it on my loop walk from the abbey. Ostro is well known for an old Slavic fortification, which is on the other side of the Klosterwasser creek, too far for me to go there and explore...

  • Cannewitz

    I came across this tiny village one my walk through the countryside around the Abbey St. Marienstern. Frankly, it's really nothing special - but cute. It takes about 20 minutes to get there from the abbey (walk) through the Lippe park, following the Klosterwasser creek, passing through village Schweinerden.First thing you see is a chapel on the...

  • Schweinerden

    Only a short walk from the Abbey St. Marienstern, best through the Lippe park and not along the main road, is the tiny village Schweinerden. It is a typical, in its structure well preserved Slavic settlement: The farmhouses with main house, stables and barn form courtyards with large gates, they are arranged around an oval square with meadow, trees...


Panschwitz-Kuckau Favorites

  • Cistercian Abbey St. Marienstern

    The reason to visit Panschwitz-Kuckau is the Cistercian Abbey St. Marienstern. Whether you're a pilgrim, architecture/art enthusiast or an average tourist, you'll be rewarded.The abbey was founded in 1248 by Bernhard and Heinrich von Kamenz (from the neighbouring town Kamenz). Bernhard von Kamenz was a powerful and wealthy man, advisor of the duke...

  • A walk in the surroundings

    The landscape around Panschwitz-Kuckau, in the past belonging to the Abbey St. Marienstern, is lovely - open farmland with rolling hills and cute little villages at an elevation of about 150 - 200 m. In the west you can see the (low) mountains of the Western Lausitz reaching about 450 m, in the south(east) are the not so much higher mountains of...

  • all that's holy is not hoppy

    The St. Marienstern Klosterbräu Dunkles arrived in its own namesake glass and looked the part-a deep tawny brown with rocky tan head. Its malty aroma foreshadowed a malty palate that dried somewhat but not enough to avoid a cloying finish. The Klosterbräu Spezial didn't fare any better, a particularly sweetish brew considering the area's more...


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