Monday, 27 July 2015

Somewhere New

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.

16 comments:

  1. Fascinating; I bet that place could tell some tales. And it looks charming.

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    1. It is very charming indeed. And I am sure all the peace and quiet wasn't always there in the past!

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  2. It's the sort of place that I would love to see and, particularly, see inside. I can see some more new walks and places being blogged about.

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    1. There are most likely going to be some, Graham. My friend has already told me of the ruins of a castle where we'll probably go during my next visit (weather permitting).

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  3. I have never seen this area and it could not have been terribly far from where we lived. So I am happy to hear about your explorations!

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    1. It is pretty much the same for me, Kristi - only an hour's train ride from Ludwigsburg, and yet I've not explored this beautiful part of Baden-Württemberg before.

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  4. I love lo see that lake, rich in bird life!
    And the ruins of the Monastery would be just the thing for me too!

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    1. We did see a couple of herons fly across the lake a few times, and many other birds, but as usual I was too slow with the camera, and the pictures did not turn out good enough to put on here. It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

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  5. Kloster Adelberg sounds and looks like a fascinating place. Like England, it seems that your corner of Germany has endless historical secrets if people can be bothered to look. My appetite for history and ancient places has definitely increased as I have grown older.

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    1. That's true, Neil. History looks you in the face in so many places here, and as you say, there is even more to discover when one can be bothered to look. I love finding out about the history of a place; who lived here before me, what was life like for them, and so on. I've always enjoyed this, even at a very young age, but I probably understand more about things as I am getting older.

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  6. Lovely walkaround, thanks :) and yes I noticed the lamppost!

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    1. Bitte :-) I hoped you would, Monica!

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  7. A really fine place indeed. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome! We didn't go into the small church, and I didn't take pictures of it from the outside, either, but I'll probably do that next time we're in the area.

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  8. Hello Librarian, it was fun being your guide and showing you the area! There is plenty more to see for your next visit.

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    1. Thank you for coming over to my blog and leaving a comment, Vince, and of course for the nice walk and tour around Kloster Adelberg!

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