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Kloster Hirsau

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Address: Klosterhof 19-21, 75365 Calw, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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The monastery must have been incredible before it was ruined, it is incredible in a ruined state. It is lovingly cared for and a beautiful stroll through a lovely little town. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2016
Trent B
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

The monastery must have been incredible before it was ruined, it is incredible in a ruined state. It is lovingly cared for and a beautiful stroll through a lovely little town. I wish I knew more about the reformation, but it must have been a violent, and destructive time.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Well preserved ruined Cloister. Strongly recommend that the visitor read up on the history of Cluniac Reformation in Germany before wandering the grounds to get a better appreciation of the importance of this Hirsau Cloister. If not a history buff, then the quiet setting with the beautiful architecture will be enough to capture your imagination. Worth a visit.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This is a small site but if you're in the area plan to stop by. If your staying in Calw it's a 30 to 40 minute walk from the center. Well worth your time

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

We found out about Hirsau when we arrived in Calw paying tribute to Herman Hesse. Calw itself is a town worth visiting. Hirsau is 3kms away and the monastery, atop a hill, is easy to spot. Parking is very easy to find. The monastery ruins are beautiful. St Peters and St Paul's is a small church still in use near... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

This is a great FREE place to visit on a Sunday. Roam the ruins of multiple castles and take some awesome pictures!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This site is not only interesting for adults, but also for kids. Ours loved it, to run around, discover and show us things they discovered, with excitement. A must-do if you are nearby.

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Holland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The first time I visited Calw and the surrounding area was a very pleasant surprise. Calw, where the Kloster Hirsau is located, is a prime example of a true Bavarian town. Cobblestone streets, straw roofs. great street statues to give you a chuckle, buildings of wood beams and stucco, and if you are lucky you will see the myriad of... More 

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Well maintained ruins of religious site in quiet, nature setting in Black Forest. Walk the old cloister halls and imagine the monks chants.....from centuries ago. Quaint village with good restaurants, hotel, nature walks in clean air far away from traffic noise. An oasis of peace.

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Stuttgart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Very intersting old monastery - partially brought down to the basis. Incredible that this was the center od the roman catholic church in the German speaking territories for more then 100 years. Really worth taking a guide for a tour to get interesting insight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Catch this kloster in the evening as the sun is going down. The light was amazing and it made the ruins a bit eerie. There was a concert going on in the adjoining church and the music added to the experience.

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