Spend a night in a modern-day monk's cell
Martin Luther may have slept in the hall, but you don't have to: Since 2002, the Augustinerkloster has offered 51 modern, centrally heated guest rooms with private shower and toilet within the old monastery's walls. These are available to both individual travelers and church groups.
To "maintain the monastic character" of the building, there are no phones, radios, or TVs in the rooms, although there is a television lounge down the corridor. Each room is named after a monk. (My single room was #105, called "Nikolaus vom Amsdorf" in honor of a monk who was born in 1488 and was a supporter of Martin Luther and the Reformation from 1517 until his death in 1565.)
An elevator provides wheelchair access to the 26 single and 25 twin-bedded rooms. The modest rates include service, taxes, and a generous buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner are available at extremely reasonable prices.
For coffee, cakes, or sandwiches, visit the bright, friendly, and cheerful on the Augustinerstrasse side of the monastery grounds. Prices are reasonable, portions are generous, and your fellow guests are likely to include young people and pensioners who use the Klosterstube as a community center.
Hours are 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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