Traces Of "Lothar"
Memory - yes, fondest memory - not really.
Mentioning "Lothar" in the Black Forest causes rather scary memories. "Lothar" was the name of a gale that hit the Southwest of Germany and the Northwest of Switzerland with full force on Boxing Day 1999. The exposed heights of the Black Forest were heavily affected. The storm broke trees like matches and uprooted complete forests. The traces of destruction are still visible on the hilltops around Bad Herrenalb and elsewhere.
"Lothar" is a lesson to take global warming and climate changes seriously.
Frauenalb Ruins In Winter
On a winter's day like this the ruins look more solemn than among colourful autum leaves. Once there was the altar of the church where I am standing now. Nothing is left of the baroque church except the surrounding walls and the two steeples.
There is still some snow on the ground, especially on the shadowy side of the valley. Temperature is rising, though, and the snow is melting. I had hoped for more winter romantic...
The inn "König von Preußen" was built in the mid 19th century when "Black Forest Romantic" became fashionable and people started doing day trips to see the ruins and hike the forests.
The northern facade of the church, windowless and roofless
Not much is left of the former cloister.
St Nepomuk statue on the bridge