Salem castle is one of the leading cultural monuments in southern Germany, and one of the most popular tourist destinations on Lake Constance. Accompanied by a specialist guide, visitors hear gripping anecdotes taken from over seven centuries of cultural history.
As the oldest Cistercian monastery and the richest Abbey on Lake Constance, it is difficult not to think of Salem in superlatives. The imposing ensemble, composed of medieval church and Baroque monastery buildings, represents one of the region’s most outstanding cultural monuments.
In certain parts of the monastery it is still possible to find evidence of how the Cistercians would have lived in earlier times. The monastery museum, stables, fire engine collection, smithy, wine press and distillery all offer a unique insight into the history of Salem, from the Middle Ages right through to the Baroque era.
The interior areas of the complex are only accessible to visitors as part of a guided tour. Additional tours for groups may be organised outside the official times by prior arrangement. Tours of the wine cellars, including tastings, are also possible when pre-booked. Special tours are available as per the advertised programme and by prior arrangement.
The history of wine
Mondays to Sundays, daily at 11.00.
During a tour of the wine cellars, monastery, monks‘ refectory, cloisters and church, visitors may taste 3 selected wines, enlivened by choice anecdotes taken from the history of wine making at Salem. Duration approx. 1 hour, pre-booking not required.
Guided tour for families and children
Duration approx. 1 hour, pre-booking not required