Surrounded by extensive parks and gardens stands the former Cistercians monastery and modern-day Salem palace. It came into the possession of the Margraves of Baden in 1802 and has belonged to the Baden Württemberg State Administration of Palaces and Gardens since 2009. The origins of the complex date back to the Middle Ages when the village of Salmannsweiler was donated to the Cistercian order in 1134 for the purpose of building a monastery. It quickly became one of the most important abbeys in southern Germany.
Salem enjoyed renewed prosperity during the baroque era, as can be seen in the magnificently decorated monastery buildings which are still to this day the family residence of the Margraves of Baden.
Like very few other historical sites, Salem has remained in largely authentic condition since the time of the monastery: the stunning architecture and furnishings testify to the wealth and understanding of art of the Salem monks and take visitors on a journey back through the centuries.
The new monastery museum in the prelature together with the branch museum of the Badisches Landesmuseums Karlsruhe presents “Masterpieces of the Imperial Abbey”. The new Salem Fire-Brigade Museum in the Sennhof presents a unique collection of fire-fighting equipment – including some true rarities: historic hand pumps, steam fire engines and motorised fire engines.
An overview of the Salem treasures: Gothic minster with classical alabaster fittings, monastery museum, extensive palace complex with park and adventure playground, fire-brigade museum, historic wine-press, baroque stables, handicraft shops, wine and castle catering.
1st April - 1st November
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 6 pm
Sun and public holidays 10:30 am - 6 pm
(last guided tour 4:30 pm)
Free entrance with the BodenseeErlebniskarte SUMMER for Landratten and Seebären. Reduced entrance with the BodenseeErlebniskarte SUMMER for Sparfüchse.
One free enctrance with the BodenseeErlebniskarte WINTER.
Admission includes all the museums, exhibitions and an audio guide. Guided visits can be booked.