When you arrive in Beyenburg, it’s hard to believe that you are to the east of Wuppertal. It is green and quiet here.
There used to be more going on here in the past. Beyenburg was on the Way of St. James and important trading routes. The local hospitality industry flourished. Pilgrims on the Way of St. James found safe accommodation in the stone house of the monastery. And then it was over. What remains are the beautiful timber-framed buildings, a tranquil lake and sparse, deciduous forests on the hills.
It is fondly called “Beyenburg Cathedral”: the Cloister Church of the St. Mary Magdalene is one of the most beautiful examples of late Gothic architecture in the region. It was built in the 14th century together with the monastery’s stone house in Beyenberg.