Salem, Baden-Württemberg

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Salem Abbey, ca. 1765
Salem Abbey, ca. 1765
Coat of arms of Salem
Coat of arms
Salem  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 47°46′00″N 09°17′45″E / 47.76667°N 9.29583°E / 47.76667; 9.29583Coordinates: 47°46′00″N 09°17′45″E / 47.76667°N 9.29583°E / 47.76667; 9.29583
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Bodenseekreis
 • Mayor Manfred Härle
 • Total 62.70 km2 (24.21 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 11,043
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 88682
Dialling codes 07553, 07554, 07544, 07556
Vehicle registration FN

Salem is a municipality in the Bodensee district of Baden-Württemberg in Southern Germany, located 9 km north of Lake Constance, with a population of c. 11,000.

Culture and sights[edit]

The Cistercian monastery of Salem Abbey was founded in 1134 when the knight Guntram von Adelsreute donated land for its establishment. The abbey already had its own scriptorium in the 12th century, and formed one of the most important monastery libraries in Europe.

Currently the grounds are home to the middle school campus of the boarding school Schule Schloss Salem, founded in 1920 by Kurt Hahn and Prince Max of Baden. The abbey complex measures a total of 17 hectares.

Other sights include:

  • Salem Minster, the former church of the abbey complex in gothic style.
  • The Baroque chapel.