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Cloister at Maulbronn Monastery Complex, copyright Andreas Kaster
Karlsruhe is surrounded by idyllic countryside as well as towns and villages that are well worth visiting. In addition to the neighbouring Kraichgau region with the Maulbronn Monastery Complex, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, and Bretten, the birthplace of Melanchthon, you could also take a tour through the Black Forest to Lake Mummelsee and Freudenstadt or enjoy a day trip to Strasbourg, the fashionable town of Baden-Baden or the 2,000 year-old town of Speyer.
Kraichgau region and Maulbronn Monastery Complex, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site
The birthplace of Melanchthon, the historic town of Bretten with its attractive old quarter is easily accessible by tram. Not far from Bretten is the medieval Maulbronn Monastery Complex, whose abbey school was once attended by the writers Hölderlin and Hermann Hesse.
In Speyer you can experience more than 2,000 years of history. The crypt of the magnificent cathedral is the final resting place of many emperors, kings and bishops. Other attractions in Speyer include the old quarter with its wonderful shops, one of the oldest Jewish Baths in Germany, the Old Gate - part of the town's ancient defences, and the Memorial Church.
Karlsruhe is just a stone's throw from France. Just over the border, Strasbourg is definitely well worth the trip. You can visit Strasbourg Cathedral and the romantic old quarter with its numerous shops, bistros and cafés, or take a boat trip to the famous "La Petite France" waterside quarter.
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