The Last of the Monks Germany's Vanishing Monasteries

Religious orders in Germany are disappearing because so few people want to dedicate their entire lives to God anymore. Some monasteries and convents find novel ways to make money and survive, but even their days are numbered.
A monk in Beuron

A monk in Beuron

Foto: UWE DITZ / DER SPIEGEL
The abbey in Beuron now offers getaways for stressed city-dwellers.

The abbey in Beuron now offers getaways for stressed city-dwellers.

Foto: Uwe Ditz/ DER SPIEGEL
Graphic: The decline in members of religious orders in Germany

Graphic: The decline in members of religious orders in Germany

Foto: DER SPIEGEL
Foto: DER SPIEGEL
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