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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
  • Website:
  • Location: Pforzheim
Updated: 11-13-2013

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