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  • Abbey church reflected in the Blautopf
    Abbey church reflected in the Blautopf
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  • Blautopf - picture not photoshopped or anything
    Blautopf - picture not photoshopped or...
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  • The town
    The town
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  • Water Mill

    The strong current from the Blautopf has long been used to drive the wheel of a water mill. The old mill is a museum now which shows and explains the historical technology. This one was not used to mill grain. It used the water power to drive a hammer that forged iron.

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  • Hospital of the Holy Spirit

    The hospital was founded in 1420. Its buildings have been enlarged several times. The little chapel used to be the funeral chapel of the adjacent town cemetery. The half-timbered upper floor is connected to the main building of the hospital and contained the offices of its administration. Medieval hospitals were more places to stay for old and...

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  • Catholic Church

    The catholic church outside the old town by the road to the train station is much younger than it looks. The neo-Romanesque church was only built in 1894-95. Württemberg had turned entirely protestant in the 16th century reformation and only in the run of the 19th century catholic parishes had a chance in the old Württemberg territories.

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  • Protestant Parish Church

    The parish church of the town, first mentioned in 1343, became protestant in the Württemberg reformation of 1536. The interior has been restored resp. redesigned in gothic historism in 1902.

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  • Trout Watching

    Trouts feel happy in the strong current of fresh, cool water. You can easily spot the big fat fish from the banks of the Blau. I have no idea if fishing is permitted here at all – from the point of view of the trouts hopefully not (“Watch us but don’t eat us…”)

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  • Abbey Buildings

    The whole complex of the former abbey is well preserved. The half-timbered gatehouse underwent several changes throughout the centuries. The adjacent building on the right, dated 1478, was the wine cellar and cooperage. The so-called bath house east of the church contained the monks’ bath in the stone ground floor, the festival hall and guests’...

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  • Chapter Hall

    The gothic hall off the cloister was used for the meetings of the convent. A row of columns divides it into two aisles. Along the walls old tombstones of local noble families have been put up, which don’t originally belong here but probably into the church.

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  • Cloister and Well Chapel

    The cloister also shows 15th century late gothic architecture. The opening in the middle has been turned into a herb garden according to monastic traditions.The small chapel in the cloister covers a well. Fresh water from a side stream of the Blau is flowing through it right below the pavement.

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  • Abbey Church

    Benedictine monks from Hirsau founded the monastery next to the Blautopf in 1085. Most of the present buildings have been erected in the 15th century. After the reformation the abbey has been turned into a high school that prepared students for the studies of theology. The protestant church of Württemberg nowadays uses it as seminar for their...

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    Blautopf, Blaubeuren

    by gubbi1 Updated Feb 24, 2005

    Favorite thing: In my opinion the Blautopf in Blaubeuren is one of the most interesting lakes around in the south of Germany. This I think not because of the size (it is tiny), but because nobody has discovered all of the caves accessable through the lake.
    Also the colour is amazing. Have a look at the foto. It is not manipulated! The lake is that blue.

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