Choose a language
Plan a route here

Bebenhausen Monastery and Castle (Kloster und Schloss Bebenhausen)

Monastery · Schwäbische Alb
Responsible for this content
Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband e.V. Verified partner 
  • Klosteranlage
    / Klosteranlage
    Photo: Kloster Bebenhausen
  • / Kloster Bebenhausen
    Photo: Foto Barbara Honner / Verkehrsverein Tübingen
  • / Kloster Bebenhausen
    Photo: Kloster Bebenhausen
  • / Kreuzgang im Kloster
    Photo: Kloster Bebenhausen
  • / Schloss Bebenhausen
    Photo: Kloster Bebenhausen
  • / Schloss Bebenhausen
    Photo: Kloster Bebenhausen
Located in the lovely landscape north of Tübingen is the former Cistercian Monastery of Bebenhausen, the “Pearl of the Schönbuch Forest”. Luckily, the medieval enclosure and monastery buildings have been almost perfectly preserved over the years.

The Summer Refectory (1335) and the notable crossing tower of the monastery church (1407–09) are masterpieces of gothic construction and design. The monastery was founded in 1183/84 by Count Palatine Rudolph I of Tübingen and was first settled by Premonstratensians, also known as Norbertines, who were not monks but a Christian religious order of Augustinian canons regular. In 1190, a group of Cistercian monks from Schönau, near Heidelberg, took over the monastery and it became one of the richest in the land. During the Reformation in 1535, the monastery was disbanded and the building served as a Protestant monastic school.
In the 19th century, the buildings next to the monastery were turned into a hunting palace by the kings of Württemberg. For the last royal couple of Württemberg, Wilhelm II and Charlotte, the Castle served as their residence in exile. Wilhelm II of Württemberg lived here from 1918 until his death in 1921 and his wife Charlotte until her death in 1946. From 1947–52 the buildings served as seat of the state legislature of Württemberg-Hohenzollern.
At the monastery and castle museum, you can see the rooms of the medieval monastery as well as the historical hunting castle, complete with castle kitchen from 1915/16.

Opening Hours:
Monastery viewing hours:
April to October: Mon–Sun 9 a.m.– 6 p.m.
November to March: Tues–Sun 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Monastery Tours:
April to October: Sat, Sun, holidays 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Castle: Open only for tours
April to October: Tues–Fri 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat, Sun, holidays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
November to March: Tues–Fri 2 p.m.–4 p.m.; Sat, Sun. holidays 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Castle Kitchen:
April to October: Sat, Sun, holidays 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Group tours by arrangement
Audio-Guide for adults and children
Guided tours in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish


Adults 5,00 EUR (Monastery)
Discounted 2,50 EUR (Monastery)
Family 12,50 EUR (Monastery)
Groups 4,50 EUR per person (Monastery)

Profile picture of Nadja Schliesser
Nadja Schliesser
Update: July 01, 2021


48.561008, 9.061334
48°33'39.6"N 9°03'40.8"E
32U 504525 5378658
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Recommendations nearby

Thematic Trail · Schwäbische Alb
Altwege Rundwanderung Bebenhausen
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 6.4 km
Duration 1:48 h
Ascent 151 m
Descent 151 m

vom Kloster Bebenhausen zu Wegspuren der Rheinstraße und zu Bannwäldern des Goldersbachtals

from Eberhard Kiefer,   Community
Hiking Trail · Schönbuch
Dem Schönbuch auf der Spur
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 14.2 km
Duration 3:46 h
Ascent 274 m
Descent 281 m

Eine Etappenwanderung durch den Schönbuch Bebenhausen – Dettenhausen – Waldenbuch

from Stadt Waldenbuch,   Tourenportal Schönbuch & Heckengäu
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 10 km
Duration 2:49 h
Ascent 171 m
Descent 171 m

Abwechslungsreiche Wanderung bei der Sie den Charakter des Schönbuchs kennen lernen. Star der Erlebnistour ist die einmalige Klosteranlage und das ...

from Günther Weinert - Wanderfex,   Community
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.6 km
Duration 3:06 h
Ascent 133 m
Descent 133 m

Herrliche Rundwanderung im Naturpark Schönbuch und der Klosteranlage Bebenhausen

from Günther Weinert - Wanderfex,   Community
Hiking Trail · Schwäbische Alb
Goldersbachtal und ehem. Kloster Bebenhausen
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 9.4 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 92 m
Descent 92 m

durch abwechslungsreiche Tallandschaften des Kleinen und Großen Goldersbachtals zum Panoramaweg oberhalb Kloster Bebenhausen

from Eberhard Kiefer,   Community
Bicycle Rides · Schwäbische Alb
Vesper-Tour für Kinder durch den Schönbuch
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 16.1 km
Duration 1:15 h
Ascent 290 m
Descent 205 m

The tour leads from Bebenhausen Monastery along the Goldersbach Valley up to Hohenentringen Castle and back via Hagelloch.

from Landratsamt Tübingen,   Tourenportal Früchtetrauf
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 15 km
Duration 1:07 h
Ascent 220 m
Descent 220 m

Diese knapp 14,5 km lange Tour eignet sich besonders für Familien mit Kindern und bietet unterwegs viele Möglichkeiten zu rasten oder einzukehren.

from Felix Frank,   Tourenportal Früchtetrauf
Hiking Trail · Schönbuch
Mörike Ruhe-Runde
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 5.1 km
Duration 1:30 h
Ascent 130 m
Descent 130 m

abwechslungsreiche Runde, die am Schwarzwildgehege und der Mörike-Ruhe vorbei führt.

from Mathias Allgäuer,   Naturpark Schönbuch

Show all on map

Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.

Photos from others

Bebenhausen Monastery and Castle (Kloster und Schloss Bebenhausen)

Im Schloss
72074 Tübingen
Phone 0 70 71 / 60 28 02 Fax 0 70 71 / 60 28 03
  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
2D 3D
Maps and trails
  • 8 Routes nearby