Cisterscapes – Cistercian Landscapes connecting Europe

10 March 2023: The project of cooperation between the three countries in the field of Cistercian culinary heritage was launched at a kick-off meeting in Vyšší Brod

The Cistercians are a truly European order that has spread across many countries since the Middle Ages and continues to shape the cultural landscape in many places today. This European approach is also followed by the new project “Cistercian Culinary Heritage in Central Europe”, whose leaders from the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria gathered on 10 March for the kick-off meeting in Vyšší Brod, Czech Republic. Research into old monastic recipes and local traditions will begin in the spring, overseen by the University of Paris Lodron Salzburg.

Around ten participating monasteries will be actively involved in the project with their monastic archives and libraries, including those in the Cisterscapes network, which is currently applying for European Heritage status. The following questions need to be answered: To what extent can regional specialities be traced back to their monastic origins? What was typical of monastic table culture? Which forgotten culinary treasures can perhaps still be discovered?

We are excited and looking forward to the new project!

1 March 2023: successful submission of our EHL application!

Our application for the European Heritage Label has successfully been submitted in due time! Bavarian State Minister Melanie Huml and Bamberg district administrator Johann Kalb officially handed it in in Brussels.

Many thanks to all Cisterscapes partners for your great participation and suppport!

Cisterscapes – Cistercian landscapes connecting Europe is on its way to the European Heritage Label!!

Our project and its network has officially been nominated as the German candidate in the race for the European Heritage Label on 5 October 2022!  The Conference of the Ministers of Education and Culture has thus taken us one step closer to our goal! The final application will be submitted mid-February.

(photo: district Bamberg: our official candidacy announcement)

Interesting report by the Slovenian national television on our partner site, the monastic landscape of  Kostanjevica na Krki!

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Lovely short film about the monastic landscape of Waldsassen

The team of Bewegter Blick ( has produced and published a (German only) short film on our partner site Waldsassen:

From September 23 to 25, 2022, the Cistercian Way hiking trail section from Waldsassen to Klosterlangheim was officially opened!

The Cistercian Way: hiking trail section opening in Wągrowiec-Łekno!

On the weekend of September 18, 2022, a new section of our long-distance hiking trail will be opened! This takes place at our Polish partner site, the Cistercian landscape of Wągrowiec-Łekno! Our wandering Cisterscapes boar will surely be attending too!

For more information, click here!

Our new project trailer!



Our application for the European Heritage Label is on its way!

Cistercian monastic landscapes connect people across Europe. They are a common cultural heritage. 17 partners from five countries have taken on this heritage. Coordinated by the district of Bamberg they are jointly applying for the European Heritage Label.

Application milestones:

Unity in diversity is the motto that unites us.
 We are ready to retell our story.
We are Cisterscapes – Cistercian Landscapes connecting Europe.