How to get to Maulbronn
For German standards, Maulbronn is quite isolated from the rest of the world. The railway station in the town centre (Maulbronn Stadt) is only served on weekends in summertime, the railway station Maulbronn West is only served hourly with services running to such out of the world places like Bretten and Mühlacker, both around ten minutes away. At least from there, you can get some connection to places in the civilization.
There is a hiking path (3 kms/ 30-40 Minutes) running more or less parallelely to the Maulbronn – Maulbronn West - railway line. For the rest, Maulbronn West railway station is a train station from hell. It lies close to a garbage dump and if the wind turns onto the wrong direction (the wrong direction is western wind, which is predominant here...) you may get an unpleasant odour. Beside that, there is really nothing there except for a ticket machine. Don't plan too much time in here!
Bus services are more convenient than train service here. Bretten and Mühlacker are connected by bus to Maulbronn town centre by bus 700. Bus 735 runs once per hour between Maulbronn West and the town centre. There is no price difference between bus and railway service, all are part of the local transport network. For more detials on fares, please check out the website of the local provider http://www.vpe.de/ .
To sum up: If you are visiting the town on a weekend in summertime, you can use the easy railway connection (Klosterstadt Express). If not, you'll probably end up taking a bus or the less convenient train service to Bretten or Mühlacker via Maulbronn West.
Train to Maulbronn
Coming from Stuttgart don't take a train at the station Muhlacker if you have not a connection to the Maulbronn Stadt. Wait for the bus 700. It brings you directly to the monastery. The bus operate evey two hours and it stops close to the gate. Coming by train is very unconvenient.
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