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World heritage

Cloisters in late-Gothic style at Maulbronn Cistercian monastery

The former Cistercian monastery of Maulbronn is one of the best-preserved monasteries north of the Alps with examples of every architectural style and trend from the Romanesque to the Late Gothic periods. In almost 400 years (1147-1537) the monks of Maulbronn created a stunning complex of buildings which is in such good condition that it gives a genuine impression of monastic life in the Middle Ages.

The monastery on Reichenau Island in Lake Constance was founded in the year 724, and during the centuries that followed its prolific monks built up one of the High Middle Ages' foremost libraries of fine manuscripts. The three Romanesque churches on the island dating from the 9th to the 11th centuries are examples of early medieval architecture in central Europe.

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Highlights in brief

  • Reichenau Monastery
    UNESCO world heritage
  • Maulbronn Monastery Complex
    UNESCO world heritage
  • Hockenheim
    Formula 1, motor sports museum
  • Stuttgart
    regional capital, State Opera House, State Gallery, musicals, Stuttgart Beer Festival, Daimler-Benz and Porsche car museums, botanical gardens
  • Baden-Baden
    festival hall, Caracalla spa, casino, parks and gardens, horse racing
  • Heidelberg
    old quarter, castle
  • Göppingen
    Hohenstaufen castle
  • Friedrichshafen
    Zeppelin museum
  • Rust
    Europa-Park theme park
  • Ravensburg
    Spieleland amusement park