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Maulbronn Abbey (Kloster Maulbronn), Maulbronn

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#19 of 160 in Historic Sites in Baden-Wurttemberg
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One of Europe's best-preserved and most complete monastery complexes, Maulbronn Abbey (Kloster Maulbronn) features an intriguing combination of architectural styles. Founded in 1147 under the first Cistercian pope, the complex's cloister represents one of the first uses of Gothic design in the German-speaking world. Enclosed by medieval walls and towers, some of the highlights include the cloister, the Romanesque monastery church, and the fountain house. Learn about the Cistercians' way of life and religion through the history of this monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check the website to find out about special events held onsite, such as concerts and tours. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Maulbronn holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Maulbronn Abbey (Kloster Maulbronn) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The Maulbronn monastery is the largest preserved medieval Monastery complex North of the Alps and belongs to the cultural heritage of the world. Next to the monastery in the strict sense, also the farm buildings are preserved. Overall, the whole thing has the proportions of a small village. For the culturally minded, we recommend you to take a guided tour (In the summer at least around 11:15 and 15:00, if necessary more often) anyway. On Wednesday morning, there is a market in the courtyard. Since all of the buildings in different functions are used (E.g. for cultural events or as a boarding school) is not here to a mere tourist attraction. Photographers provide diverse motives beyond paid indoor area. For me a very well conceived and crafted furnishings.
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  • This is a complex of amazing buildings dating from the reformation. We were so impressed by the majesty of these buildings. To aid us on our journey we took the audio tour offered at entry, so much in...  more »
  • Beautiful surroundings and a lovely historical monastery. I guess it's a bit off the beaten path, visited mostly by history enthusiasts and locals. Worth it, though.  more »
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  • A fantastic place with a lot of history. You can wander around and explore the little town for free - and there's no ticket needed for the main church either. But it's worth going inside to see the old monastery rooms and get a sense of how the residents used to live.
  • A very nice place to visit. Worth it!
  • This monastery became an important school for future pastors of the Württemberg Lutheran Church. The exhibits on the history of the monastery were more extensive about the Cistercian time than about the post-Reformation use, but I still found it very interesting and well done. I would definitely recommend a visit, and I look forward to being able to return someday.
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