Recently, I have begun to make regular visits to an area east of Stuttgart that, so far, I had not been familiar with. A new friend of mine lives there, and I've been shown around the area a few times, and can't wait to be back for more.
In this post, two of the abandoned houses are from that area.
Yesterday, I've been visiting again, and we've made use of the good, not too hot weather and went for a walk about a 15-minute drive from where my friend lives.
This place is called Kloster Adelberg (Kloster means monastery). It has ceased to be a monastery centuries ago; in fact, not much of the original buildings is left, and what is still there to see is from different ages.
The first chapel here was dedicated in the year 1054. The monastery followed over a hundred years later in 1178. War, reformation, fires, changes of ownership; all left their marks on the place, making it he mixture of buildings and style you can see today.
Most buildings are private property now, but tourists can come and walk various paths inside and outside the ancient wall that make the boundary of Kloster Adelberg.
The wall and towers visible here are among the oldest bits of the entire complex.
Leaving Adelberg behind, we walked down the hill towards the woods, where there is a lake, rich in bird life. Even though it was a Sunday, there weren't too many people about, and we had a nice quiet walk around the lake, resting on the bank for a while.