Poortgebouw Abdijsite Herkenrode


The gatehouse of 1531 represented the most important link between the abbey and the world. At that time, it was the only building communicating with the outside world. The gatehouse is up till today the symbolic reference of the convent towards her environment.

Nowadays, the building is used for exhibitions, lectures and receptions.

Portierswoning Herkenrode


The lodge leans against the gatehouse and used to be the home of the footmen and service staff. Nowadays, the administrative services of the Abbey site of Herkenrode are established here.

Koetshuis onthaal Herkenrode

Stables West

The stables of the abbey farm with the elegant coach house are located on the three sides of the fowl yard and now accommodate a Visitors’ Center with shop, the Experience Center and the entrance of the Herb and Inspiration Garden. 

Stallingen Zuid Herkenrode Clavis

Stables South - Clavis concept store

The Clavis Concept store is established in the southern stables. As well as the Education Center of Willewete.


Tiendschuur (Tithes Barn)

In the monumental Tiendschuur of 1656, the ‘tithes’ taxes were stocked. The abbey had acquired the right to claim taxes on the annual harvest of crops and on cattle. The tiendschuur is now for rent for big events and parties.

Historische Hart Herkenrode

Historic heart

The archaeological remains of the historic heart of the site are hidden here. The church, the cloister and the sisters’ quarters were the spots where ‘ora et labora’, praying and working of the Cistercian sisters had occurred continuously for about 600 years.

The ‘lines’ of this historic heart have been made visible again with contemporary materials and on the spot where the abbey church used to be, the work of art 'The Quiet View’ of Hans Op the Beeck shines now. In this way, the spot regains a meaning of reflexion and introspection.

Sacramentskapel Herkenrode

Sacrament’s Chapel

The Sacrament’s Chapel of 1661 behind the choir of the disappeared church used to be a sacristy with all the necessities for the Eucharist. Here, they also kept the oldest monstrance in the world with the Holy Miraculous Sacrament.

Abdijmolen Abdijsite Herkenrode

Abbey mill

As self-sufficiency used to be very important for the Cistercian sisters, the abbey had an extensive craft area with a water mill, a bakery, a tannery and several workshops with quarters for the service staff.

De Paardenstallen Herkenrode

Horse stables

The horse stables were built under the reign of abbess Katharina the Lamboy (1653-1675). Then, they were located next to the driveway towards the abbess quarters. They took care of horses used to pull coaches.

Nowadays, it accommodates (including the new wooden building) the restaurant De Paardenstallen (the Horsestables).


This zone with the former abbess quarters, the corresponding landscaped park and the infirmary were purchased in 1972 by the Canonesses Regular of the Holy Sepulchre. They built a new abbey with respect for the original architecture.

Attention, the abbey site is private property. However, the church is open until 17h30.

Tuiltermolen Herkenrode vzw

Tuiltermolen (Tuilter Mill)

Count Louis II of Loon gave this mill in 1213 to the abbey of Herkenrode. The inhabitants of Tuilt had to have their grain milled here.