Actually, we had stopped at Hirsau just to use the service station for caravans, but then we had spotted the remains of the Hirsau Abbey and decided to have a look.
We learned that Hirsau was once one of the most important Benedictine abbeys of Germany. In the 11th and 12th century, the monastery was a centre of the Cluniac Reforms, implemented as “Hirsau Reforms” in the German territories.
A number of new monasteries were founded and existing communities were renewed after the Hirsau Reform. At the time of its construction, Hirsau was the largest monastery in the German-speaking world.
After this very interesting stop we will reach Gaggenau next, where the Unimog museum awaits us. More on our next post!