Nestling in the secluded rolling hills of Kraichgau-Stromberg lies the Monastery of Maulbronn. This former cistercian abbey, founded in 1147, is the best preserved mediaeval monastery north of the Alps and, in 1993, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The courtyard of the monastery, completely surrounded by walls and towers, contains an impressive variety of historic buildings. In addition to the romanesque church with its vestibule, called “Paradise”, built circa 1220, you will also find a variety of architectural highlights such as the gothic cloister, the well house and the monks’ refectory within the enclosure. Following the Reformation, Duke Christoph von Württemberg established a protestant church school here in 1556 which, today, is still in use as a protestant theological seminary. A number of famous artists and scientists, Johannes Kepler, Friedrich Hölderlin and Hermann Hesse, attended school here.