The Black Forest Sights


Kloster Maulbronn (Maulbronn Monastery)

Kloster Maulbronn (Maulbronn Monastery) Review

Kloster Maulbronn, in the little town of Maulbronn, 18 km (11 mi) northeast of Pforzheim, is the best-preserved medieval monastery north of the Alps, with an entire complex of 30 buildings on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The name Maulbronn (Mule Fountain) derives from a legend. Monks seeking a suitably watered site for their monastery considered it a sign from God when one of their mules discovered and drank at a spring. The Kloster is also known for inventing the Maultasche, a kind of large ravioli. The monks thought that by coloring the meat filling green by adding parsley and wrapping it inside a pasta pocket, they could hide it from God on fasting days. Today the Maultasche is the cornerstone of Swabian cuisine. An audio guide in English is available.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Off B–35, Klosterhof 31, Maulbron, D–75433
  • Phone: 07043/926–610
  • Cost: €6
  • Hours: Mar.–Oct., daily 9–5:30; Nov.–Feb., Tues.–Sun. 9:30–5; guided tour daily at 11:15 and 3
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  • Location: Pforzheim
Updated: 11-13-2013

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