Maulbronn

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Maulbronn
Town square
Town square
Coat of arms of Maulbronn
Coat of arms
Maulbronn   is located in Germany
Maulbronn
Maulbronn
Coordinates: 49°0′1″N 8°48′39″E / 49.00028°N 8.81083°E / 49.00028; 8.81083Coordinates: 49°0′1″N 8°48′39″E / 49.00028°N 8.81083°E / 49.00028; 8.81083
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Enzkreis
Government
 • Mayor Andreas Felchle
Area
 • Total 25.44 km2 (9.82 sq mi)
Elevation 251 m (823 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 6,269
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 75433
Dialling codes 07043
Vehicle registration PF
Website www.maulbronn.de

Maulbronn (German pronunciation: [maʊ̯lˈbʁɔn]) is a city in the district of Enz in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany.

History[edit]

Founded in 1838, it emerged from a settlement, built around a monastery, which belonged to the Neckar Community in the Kingdom of Württemberg. In 1886, Maulbronn officially became a German town and was an administrative centre until 1938. The return of many displaced persons following the Second World War significantly raised the local population.

Of particular note is the town's monastery, Maulbronn Abbey, which features prominently in Hermann Hesse's novel, Beneath the Wheel. The former Cistercian monastery has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.

Legend has it that the settlement was founded by monks who followed a mule to a valley with a source of clean water. The valley was also blessed with large deposits of soft sandstone for building. The monks built the original abbey and erected a fountain to honour the mule. The town name means mule fountain.

According to legend, the monks of Maulbronn also invented the pasta dish Maultasche.[2]

Partner cities[edit]

Partner cities/twin towns of Maulbronn are

Notes[edit]

This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.