Bebenhausen Monastery was built around 1180. It stands in the middle of the Schönbuch (Beautiful Forest), only 40 km (25 mi) from downtown Stuttgart and close to the beautiful town of Tübingen.
The monastery was probably founded around 1183 by Count Palatine Rudolph von Tübingen. The former Cistercian monastery flourished between the 13th and 15th centuries, when it was one of the richest monasteries in the state of Württemberg.
In the 19th century, it became the hunting lodge of the kings of Württemberg. It went on to serve as the seat of the state parliament of Württemberg-Hohenzollern from 1947 to 1952. The representatives even lived temporarily in the monastery!
Visitors can visit the monastery church and the cloister, as well as the grounds. Especially worth seeing is the summer refectory with its gothic decorations. The cloister is one of the most important late Gothic buildings in southwestern Germany and is quite well preserved.
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