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Kloster Maulbronn (Maulbronn Monastery)

  • Klosterhof 5 Map It
  • Maulbronn
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 04/24/2016

Fodor's Review

The little town of Maulbronn, 18 km (11 miles) northeast of Pforzheim, is home to 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.

Sight Information


Off B-35, Klosterhof 5, Maulbronn, Baden-Württemberg, 75433, Germany

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Sight Details:

  • €7
  • Mar.–Oct., daily 9–5:30; Nov.–Feb., Tues.–Sun. 9:30–5; guided tours daily at 11:15 and 3

Published 04/24/2016


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