Salem Monastery and Palace at Lake Constance

Salem Monastery and Palace

Salem, Germany

The Cistercian legacy

The former Cistercian abbey and present-day Salem Palace is located in the midst of extensive parks and gardens. It came into the possession of the margraves of Baden in 1802 and has belonged to the Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg (State Palaces and Gardens of Baden- Württemberg) since 2009.

The complex dates back to the The beginnings of the abbey lie in the Middle Ages, when in 1134 the village of Salmannsweiler was donated to the Cistercian Order for the foundation of the monastery. The abbey quickly developed into one of the most important in southern Germany.
Salem experienced a second heyday in the baroque period, as evidenced by the splendidly furnished abbey, which is still the family seat of the margraves of Baden. The new Monastery Museum Salem in the prelature, a branch museum of the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe, presents ‘Meisterwerke der Reichsabtei’ (Masterpieces of theImperial abbey). The new Salem Feuerwehrmuseum (Fire Brigade Museum) near Sennhof exhibits a unique collection of fire pumps and devices that includes real rarities: hand fire pumps, steam fire engines and even motorised pumps.

Salem ́s treasures at a glance:

The Gothic cathedral with its alabaster interior, Monastery Museum, extensive palace complex with parks and an adventure playground, Fire Brigade Museum, historical wine press, baroque stables, artisan shops, wine shop and restaurant.


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Current weather The German shore of Lake Constance

slightly cloudy
amount of rainfall
0 l/m²
hours of sunshine
4h 6min
the day after tomorrow

Recommended seasons


Opening hours

28th March-1st November
Monday-Saturday, 9:30 am-6 pm
Sunday and public holidays, 10:30 am-6 pm

Last guided tour at 4:30 pm.

From November to the end of March 2021 only the Monastery Museum in the Prelature is open: 
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 11 am-4:30 pm

Recommended time
180 Minutes
Additional information

Experience Salem Monastery & Castle barrier-free
Visitors with reduced mobility can visit the monastery and Salem Castle without restrictions except for the prelature.

Wine region Lake Constance
Learn more about the Margraves of Baden wines during wine history tours or a wine tasting in Salem Castle.
More information about the wine region Lake Constance can be found here.

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