Guided tour of the Eberbach Monastery




To book and pay for on board only.

We’ll leave by coach from Rudesheim to visit the impressive Eberbach Monastery. Here, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Cistercian monks and get a sense of their simple lifestyle. Kloster Eberbach was founded in 1136 by Bernard of Clairvaux as the first Cistercian monastery on the east bank of the Rhine, on the site of a previous monastic foundation of Adalbert of Mainz. Eberbach soon became one of the largest and most active monasteries of Germany but suffered severe damage during the Thirty Years' War. Many valuable items from the church and the library were looted, and the monks were forced to flee, of whom only 20 returned in 1635 to begin a laborious reconstruction. The 18th century however was a period of great economic success which didn't last long. The secularization of 1802 set the abbey's final decline, although management of the vineyards and wine production continued in state hands. Discover the film location of the world-famous 1986 movie, The Name of the Rose, and the almost nine centuries of history that provided the backdrop to the Middle Ages coming to life in the film. Our tour will take us through the atmospheric “Hospitalkeller”, the historical "Cabinetkeller", the elegant High Gothic Chapter Hall, the expressive cross-vaulted dormitory, the festive Baroque refectory and the monumental Romanesque monastery church. At the end of our visit, we’ll return to the ship by coach.


Duration : approx. 3:30

  • Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
  • Depending on availability, to book and pay for on board only.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • These excursions are not proposed for all the cruises and depend on the itinerary.
  • If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to be paid for on board).
  • The excursions on the first evening and the morning following boarding are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.