Eight questions for...

Angelika Braun, monastery guide and museum education officer at the Maulbronn Monastery

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Maulbronn, what should I definitely not miss?

In my opinion, visitors should definitely see the entire monastery complex, including the so-called "monastery city" with its farmyard and cloister. Only then can you understand why this monastery is one of the best preserved medieval monastery complexes in Europe.

What do you particularly like here?

The cloister is one of my absolute favorite places. I really like the various architectural styles from the Romanesque to the Gothic. The fountain chapel, the impressive dining hall, and the parlatory with its wonderful reticulated vaulting are commanding spaces. But also the peacefulness in the cloister and the shelter in the cloister garden are calming and rejuvenating.

Do you have an insider tip?

Visitors can only discover the multitude of surprises and special insights into the history and the workmanship of the Maulbronn Monastery Complex on a guided tour.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

On my first visit here the size of the entire complex as well as the wonderful architecture impressed me most.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

In spring: the wonderful magnolia blossom in the cloister garden. In summer: the cool freshness of the monastery spaces and the nice eatery inside the monastery courtyard. In fall: the fog and the gloom which emphasize and underscore the ascetic style of Cistercian architecture. And in winter: the calm, during the times when no visitors are in the complex and you can enjoy the calm in the cloister completely alone.

What else should I see here?

The monastery landscape, created by the Cistercian monks over 850 years ago, is a must-see. That includes the monastery vineyards as well as the ditch drainage and waterway system in the surrounding woods. The monastery landscape is enclosed by a number of pathways. But it's also well worth taking a walk in the immediate vicinities of the monastery complex, where there are deep lakes created by the monks and which function today as bathing pools in the summer months.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

For a regional specialty, you should definitely try Schwäbische Maultaschen. They are pasta parcels filled with meat and spinach. Legend has it that the Swabian specialty was first produced by a monk here in the Maulbronn Monastery.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

I would like to see the prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps and Muskauer Park in Bad Muskau. Aside from that, I'd like to visit the Taj Mahal in India.

Angelika Braun

has been a guide at Maulbronn Monastery Complex for 22 years.

Today the museum education officer is responsible for, among other things, the Monastery Museum Workshop, a center in which children and young people can experience monastery life in a fun and engaging way.



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