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“Public Transport Pain”

Maulbronn Abbey (Kloster Maulbronn)
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Maulbronn
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Medieval abbey that is World UNESCO Heritage site still in operation.
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Although the Abby is breath-taking, it was hard to get there using public transport. Using Karlsruhe as a hub, you must change trains to get to the Maulbronn West station. Once there is is a 4km hike or a taxi ride to the town. On the way home, I took a bus from close to the abby to the Bretten train station, then took a train there back to Karlsruhe. This was much better. I would say that dispite the pain it is to get here, it is worth a stop. Get an audioguide if you do not read German. It's good for a hike on the grounds as well.

3  Thank Elizabeth R
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Maulbronn Abbey is a wonderfully preserved monastery dating to the 12th century. I came on the train from Karlsruhe, which necessitated a transfer at Bretten and then a final destination of Maulbronn West, which is a platform not within safe walking range of the Abbey. From there you must call a specific taxi, the number for which is posted on a sign at the platform. Nevertheless, the Abbey was worth all the trouble. Be sure to pay for the audio guide in English because, as with most places I've encountered in Germany, the explanatory texts are in German only. With the audio guide, you learn about the functions of the many rooms within the complex. The church itself is gorgeous, particularly the monks' choir stalls and the crucifix/Jesus sculpture carved from a single block of stone.

3  Thank Traddles A
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

The structures and the warmth of the markets are very appealing.

1  Thank clausrock
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

The halls of this place are really beautiful to see. Walking the grounds is nice - their is an art shop with excellent hot chocolate, and the witches shop is entertaining. Lots of scaffolding and construction in Jan 2012, may be gone by summer 2012. Could not figure out how to get inside the chapel to listen to the organ playing - think it might be sealed off for privacy, but an explanation would have been helpful.

Thank Kent W
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

The abbey was OK - but we probably would have enjoyed the visit far more if there had been information in English as well. Inside there was absolutely nothing in any other language than german - so be sure to have a guide book. The abbey itself was charming, and what really was amazing was that quite many bits original (?) paintings could bee seen on the walls. There was however a lot of renovations going on, so among the scaffolding inside the church it was difficult to get an impression on the interior.

Thank EllenChr
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