During open-air events in the inner courtyard of the four-winged complex, the 800-year-old walls are shown off to their best advantage by baroque lighting. As a bad-weather alternative to the open-air concerts, the monastery church of St. Marien offers space for around 300 guests.
Built in the 12th century by Cistercian monks, the monastery and castle complex experienced a varied history over the centuries. After the Reformation, the monastery was converted into a castle, which fell victim to a devastating fire at the end of the Second World War. Since 1990, the entire complex has been secured, renovated, used and made accessible to visitors.
The monastery and castle complex has become a well-known venue in Mecklenburg - Vorpommern and offers a variety of events every year, such as the Darguner Music Summer, concerts of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, medieval markets and also Christmas markets.