If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I have a soft spot for what are nowadays called Lost Places. In this post I have described why I don't really agree with the term, but for the sake of simplicity I use it, too.
Last Friday afternoon, as mentioned in my previous post, I went on a guided tour at such a place: The former production site of a company making chicory "coffee" and other products. The company was called Heinrich Franck & Söhne, later fusioning to become Franck und Kathreiner GmbH and eventually becoming part of Nestlé. The Ludwigsburg production site was originally chosen because of its direct access to the railway; it was a bit of a "what came first - the hen or the egg" thing. The site was closed down in 2018, taking away not just many jobs, but also the scent of roasting chicory so familiar to all Ludwigsburgers.
In the four years since the closure, about half of the buildings have remained abandoned (and some of them long before that), now owned by the City of Ludwigsburg. One building hosts various tenants, start-ups and small companies glad for the chance to rent rooms for much less money than they would have to pay for modern facilities. The outdoor space next to the train station was open to the public during the summer months, as I have shown you a few times on my blog.
Now the City of Ludwigsburg has been thinking long and hard about what to do with the rest of the site, and citizens had the chance to be involved. One such element of involvement was the guided tour I went on, and where I took these photos.
View from across the road; the train station and town centre are behind those buildings:
Advert for one of the small companies inside the biggest building:
It will be interesting to learn the results of citizens' involvement; on the Saturday after our guided tour, two events were offered where everyone was invited to share and discuss their ideas for the site, but I did not have time. One lady from my volunteer group went, and she will give us a report at our next meeting.