Bebenhausen was a private hunting residence of the Württemberg royal family for generations, long after it had served as a Cistercian monastery and later a boarding school following the Reformation. It is beautifully nestled in southern Germany, south of the Baden-Württemberg's capital city, Stuttgart, and not far from the renowned university town of Tübingen.
|Entrance to the ancient Abbey of Bebenhausen|
Jagdschloß (Royal Hunting Lodge) of Bebenhausen is today just as it was when the
royal couple lived there.
|View of the cloister garden|
|The inner cloister "walk" as I call it.|
|Another view of the inner cloister garden which was similar throughout many Cistercian |
designs in this part of the world
|Ceiling of the former Refectory|
|Part of the wall that once completely surrounded the Abbey|
the Abbey was disbanded, it later became a school for boys. Rooms where
the monks once lived became a dormitory for the students. One can only
imagine winters here as there was no heating.
|The Writer's Tower as seen from the upper garden|
as seen from a kitchen
It is worth mentioning that the buildings that housed the royal couple still have the kitchens in place. It is most interesting to see how the "downstairs" people lived and worked before 1946. The stoves and other appliances of the day that were used in the service area are original and are also on display.
|Ceilings and chandeliers in the formal dining room. When the king was finished eating |
and his plate was removed, the plates of the guests were removed as well, whether you
were finished or not. I hope H.M. wasn't too fast an eater.
|To the memory of|
Württembergs beloved King
(Born) Stuttgart, 25 Feb. 1848 - 2 Oct. 1921 (at Bebenhausen)
and QUEEN CHARLOTTE
(Born) Ratiboritz, 10 Oct. 1864 - 16 July 1946, (at Bebenhausen)
The village surrounding the Royal Hunting Lodge and former abbey of Bebenhausen
How to get to Bebenhausen
No train lines or trams run there. Click here for a road map from Stuttgart. The 826 or 828 bus runs to Bebenhausen from the Tübingen main train station. The trip is roughly 20 minutes. Ask the bus driver where to get out. Bebenhausen is small, so you won't have to walk far from the bus stop to get to the the Kloster (abbey). Trains run regularly from Stuttgart main station (HBF) to Tübingen. The trip takes anywhere from 42 minutes to 1 hour depending on the train. Check Deutsche Bahn for times and costs.