European Route of Cistercian Abbeys

Winery "Clos des Abbayes" in Dezaley
© Daniel Thomas

Founded at Citeaux Abbey, the Cistercian Order spread throughout Europe with over 750 abbeys and 1,000 monasteries. The Cistercian rule of praying in seclusion and manual labour led to the different Cistercian monasteries having a strong influence on their natural surroundings. In Switzerland, the trail includes the abbeys at Montheron and Hauterive.