Get to Maulbronn via Karlsruhe (connected to the German ICE network) and take a regional train to Mühlacker and then an urban railway (S-Bahn) S9 to Maulbronn West. Alternatively get to Bruchsal (connected to the IC network) and take the urban railway S9 to Maulbronn West there.
Motorway A 5, take the exit no. 42 'Bruchsal' and follow the federal highway B 35 in 'Bretten' direction. Keep on following the B 35 after Bretten as well up to Maulbronn. There are enough parking grounds available around.
At the Maulbronn West railway station take a bus line 735, heading to 'Schefenacker' and exit at 'Kloster Maulbronn'.
Maulbronn is approx. 45 minutes away (by car) from the Stuttgart airport. Alternatively take a train to Stuttgart main station, then to Mühlacker, and from Mühlacker by urban railway to Maulbronn West.
Maulbronn is a little town in the north western part of Baden-Württemberg. The area was settled already during the era of the Roman Empire, but it rose to celebrity during the 12th century due to its monastery.
According to a legend, a mule discovered a natural spring – and this was the beginning of Maulbronn's construction in 1147. Nowadays a fountain is located at this place.
Maulbronn is famous for its natural stones, especially the "soft sandstone" which appears in this area. During the 19th century, in a period of building new houses after 1871, Maulbronn's economy rose quickly due to the export of the stones. But even the Cistercian monks of the monastery used it for building their cloister.
The former monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site nowadays (since 1993). It's the most complete and best-preserved monastic complex north of the Alps. In Hermann Hesse's novel "Beneath the wheel" (German original title: "Unterm Rad") it plays a prominent role. It shows a number of very beautiful half-timbered houses inside its walls.
The abbey (Kloster Maulbronn) is located in the center of the town of Maulbronn, and hence was always integrated into the village itself. It's largely preserved in its original condition which means that not only the buildings show the life of the monks in these days, but also their work, the agricultural facilities and especially the water management system which is still completely intact. Nowadays the monastery complex houses a couple of restaurants, various administration offices (police and the town hall) as well as a secondary residential school.
With approx. 6,500 citizens the town is rather small ... but nice as well. In the environment many vineyards can be found which are partially more than 800 years old and which were founded by the monks. And there is an artificial lake for fish farming ... built by the monks as well.
The alleys are narrow, and many half-timbered houses are waitingof the visitors to be viewed. A visit in Maulbronn should definitely cover not only the monastery but the entire village as well. It's worth it!
Escape Address: Tourist-Info, Klosterhof 31, 75433 Maulbronn, Maulbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Maulbronn is located inside the 'Naturpark Stromberg-Heuchelberg' which is a small nature park in Baden-Württemberg. Located between four congested urban areas (Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Karlsruhe and Pforzheim) it's serving as an important recreation area. "Wein - Wald - Wohlfühlen" (Wine - Forest - Well-Being) – this is the slogan which puts the essence of the region in a nutshell.
The Kletterwald (Climbing forest) Illingen is just 12 km away from Maulbronn. It offers eight different parcours with all levels of difficulty (easy - intermediate - heavy). The very special thing is "moonshine climbing". Here the visitors can use the parcours between 8 pm and 11 pm, after sunset, in the darkness. Every participant gets a headlight which may be kept after the event.
One of the anecdotal stories about the origin of the swabian "Maultasche" tells that the cistern monks of Maulbronn abbey were the ones who created it. During the fasting period (eating of meat is not allowed) they were presented with meat, and in order to not let it addle they minced it, mixed it up with herbs (hence it looked like vegetable mush) and covered it with pasta dough ... so God didn't notice that they ate meat.