The DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst in Hörstel
© Münsterland e.V./Philipp Fölting
An almost completely preserved monastery complex
DA, Art House Kloster Gravenhorst

DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst

At the foot of the Teutoburg Forest, not far from the town of Hörstel, lies Gravenhorst Monastery, a former abbey of the Cistercian nuns. Surrounded by moats and orchards, the former monastery with its church, convent buildings, mill and mill pond, bakery and brewery, imposing wall and historic bridges offers the image of an almost completely preserved monastery complex: an absolute rarity in the more northern part of Germany.

Origin in the Middle Ages

The history of this picturesque ensemble of buildings goes back a long way: in 1252, Konrad von Brochterbeck was granted permission by Osnabrück Bishop Bruno von Isenberg to found a convent for nuns of the Cistercian Order in the farming community of Gravenhorst. In the following centuries, the small convent managed to run a successful business and became an important spiritual centre for the surrounding area. The community life of the Cistercian nuns was to continue for over 500 years. After numerous changes of ownership and conversions, the district of Steinfurt took over the monastery in the 1990s and developed a cultural concept for its use: in 2004 the former monastery was reopened as "DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst".

From monastery to art house

Contemporary art is presented within historical walls: Here you can create art, design art, experience art and communicate art. Workshops, exhibitions, idea workshops, art projects and cultural events such as concerts, readings and theatre performances invite children, young people and adults to think, participate and experience.

Insider tip: Picnic on a work of art

© Kloster Gravenhorst / Sabine Herke

At the monastery you can experience art up close. Particular attention has been paid to physical well-being: Not only is there a permanently installed pick-up platform at the monastery, since 2015 there have also been 15 site-specific and handmade picnic blankets by the Berlin artist An Seebach, which she made exclusively for the DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst. You can borrow these unusual, colourful blankets free of charge at the reception desk of the Kunsthaus and take them out into the countryside right away. Each blanket is unique and will make your picnic an unforgettable art experience!

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Service & Offer

  • Child-friendly
  • Guided tours
  • Gastronomy in the house
  • 100 Castles Route
  • Museum in the house
  • Park by the house
  • Fruit meadow at the house
  • Picnic hotspot

Corona note

  • For visits to the DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, the 2G rule applies from 13.11.2021 for persons aged 18 and over.
  • For children and young people under the age of 18, the 3G rule applies.
  • When visiting, the AHA rules also apply.
Öffnungszeiten vom 01.01. to 31.12.
  • Monday
    closed
  • Tuesday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Wednesday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Thursday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Friday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Saturday
    14:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • Sunday
    11:00 Uhr bis 18:00 Uhr
  • An Feiertagen gelten die Öffnungszeiten der Sonntage

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Your tips for Gravenhorst Monastery

  • Take time for a picnic in the park between Himmelstisch and Kreis.Spiel.Garten.
  • Market magic, poetry slam and live concerts - exciting events can be found in and around the DA, Kunsthaus Gravenhorst at any time of year.
  • On a bike tour to Bentlage Monastery you will experience two wonderful monasteries in one go.
  • A great view of the "canal landscape" of the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the Mittelland Canal can be enjoyed at the "Wet Triangle".

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