THE FOUNDATION

The Foundation Internationales Begegnungszentrum St. Marienthal (IBZ) was established in 1992 by the Cistercian Abbey of St. Marienthal as a public foundation under civil law.

The IBZ is located on the grounds of the almost 800-year-old Cistercian monastery of St. Marienthal in the border triangle of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic between Görlitz and Zittau, directly on the German-Polish border river Neisse. The aim of the IBZ Foundation is to promote the encounter of people without distinction of gender, age, national origin and religion.
The Foundation sees this as its contribution to peace, to the reconciliation of religions and world views, and to understanding between European states and ethnic groups.
The foundation sees this as its contribution to peace, to the reconciliation of religions and world views, and to understanding between European states and ethnic groups.
The foundation sees itself as a bridge between East and West, between the present and the future. In the meantime, about 200 events on various topics take place every year. The visitors come from different regions of Germany and other European countries (especially from Poland and the Czech Republic). Annually there are already over 19,000 overnight stays by conference and vacation guests.

The gradual conversion of the monastery’s former agricultural and commercial buildings will create offices for employees and seminar rooms, among other things. The basis is a heritable building right contract in which the abbey has transferred the former farm buildings to the foundation for use.

The IBZ is a recognized independent youth welfare organization and the only home education center recognized by the Free State of Saxony as worthy of support.
Together with the town of Ostritz and other partners, the EXPO 2000 project “Energy-ecological model town Ostritz-St. Marienthal” was realized. For the first time in Germany, an entire town is completely supplied by renewable energy sources.

We employees of the IBZ consider the responsible and careful handling of the natural and social environment as an urgent task of our work. Therefore, we have established an environmental management system at the International Meeting Center St. Marienthal. We thus commit ourselves to comply with the environmental regulations from our environmental statement.

The development of the meeting center was and is only possible because of the generous commitment of other foundations as sponsors, the support of public authorities and the diocese of Dresden-Meissen, the voluntary work of numerous committed individuals from all over Germany and abroad, and because cooperation partners seize the opportunities offered by the IBZ with its concept and resources.