Frauenalb used to be a convent of Benedictine nuns, founded in the late 12th century. Its history consists of a series of destructions and rebuildings. In 1598 the convent was closed down due to the all too worldly ways of life of the inmates. During the 30 year war it was reopened and a new convent established. Around 1700 the nuns first erected...more
The healing water from Bad Herrenalb's springs can be sampled for free. There is a fountain in the octogonal pavillon by the Kurhaus (open daily 11.00 - 18.00) where you can help yourself. Glasses are available for free but you can also bring your own glass, cup or bottle.Important to know: "Saubere Gläser" = clean glasses; "gebrauchte Gläser" =...more
A Kurpark, a beautiful park with paths that are easy to walk, many benches, pretty trees and lawns and flowers, often fountains and a duck pond and sculptures, is an indispensable part of a spa town. All of them have one to provide an area to walk for their visitors, also for the sick and disabled among them. Bad Herrenalb is no exception. The...more
The site of the abbey church is now occupied by the protestant parish church which was built in 1739. It is much smaller than the original church. The gothic choir of the abbey church has been maintained and included in the new building.The interior of the nave has been redesigned in 1903. It got a vaulted, wood-panneled ceiling, ornamental...more
The Klosterschänke on the edge of the monastery area was built, according to the inscription above the door, in 1739, the same year as the protestant church. Note the text of the inscription, these are the wise words of an experienced innkeeper... Herein herein ihr lieben Gest / Wer Geld hat, ist der Allerbest.(Come in, come in, you dear guests /...more
Relaxing, swimming in thermal water from a natural spring, sauna and steam baths, offers for massages, aqua healing, water gymnastics and similar.Indoor pools 30°C and 35°C, outdoor pool 30°C Opening hours: daily 9.00-22.00 Prices: depend on how long you stay, if you use only the pool area or also the sauna, etc. starting with 6.50 € for 1 1/2...more
Another indispensable institution in a spa town is the Kurhaus which contains the administration and therapeutic facilities and a cafe or restaurant, often also a ballroom, casino or similar - not sure about Bad Herrenalb in that respect.The Kurhaus in Bad Herrenalb is not big but the town is not big either... The backside of the building hosts a...more
The tomb fills the arcade between the choir and the left side chapel. It is dedicated to Margrave Bernhard I. of Baden who died in 1431 (date mentioned in the gothic inscription on the choir side of the tomb). He is depicted in full armour, accompanied by angels who hold his helmet and crest.The tomb is actually a kenotaph, i.e. a fake grave: it is...more
The Cistercian monastery of Herrenalb was founded in the 12th century. Having been an independent imperial abbey in the middle ages, it became property of the Dukes of Württemberg before 1500. It was destroyed during the 30 year war. The part of the church that was still intact became the parish church of the village which developed round the...more
Monchstrasse 31, Bad Herrenalb, Baden-Württemberg, 76332, Germany
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Bleichweg 9, Bad Herrenalb, Baden-Wurttemberg, 76332, Germany
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Dobler Strasse 38, Bad Herrenalb, Baden-Wurttemberg, 76332, Germany
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One of those typical German eating places with lots of character and very very nice food. Their portions are very big, so if you are a small eater try and share with someone.
Favorite Dish: Jagerschnitzel
The train station of Bad Herrenalb is not used by Deutsche Bahn any more. The dead-end railway line up the Alb valley has been adopted by Karlsruhe's tram network, so the yellow trams of the S 1 now do the passenger transport.Besides, on some summer weekends an old steam train does tourist rides up there. From the train station, several bus routes...more
Bad Herrenalb and all the other places in the Alb valley are connected to Karlsruhe's tram network. The line S 1 runs from Bad Herrenalb via Ettlingen to Karlsruhe, passes both Karlsruhe central station and the city centre and continues further north to Hochstetten.When coming from Karlsruhe, check carefully because the S 1 runs every 10 minutes in...more
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Bad Herrenalb holds an artisans market every year on the Pentecost (Whitsunday) weekend. It takes place in the grounds of the monastery. Artisans offer their products, there is a wide variety of pottery and jewellery and woodwork and hand-made paper and knitting and...
If you are in the area that weekend, this is nice to look at, and maybe you'll find a special souvenir. I would not travel long distances only for this market, though.
Entry is free (it's a market, after all) but the prices of the products are not cheap, as can be expected for individual handicrafted items.
This is a magnificent waterfall which consist of 6 different waterfalls actually. They do warn you before you start that the journey is just under 1km. However what they do not tell you is that it is very steep with several sets of stairs that needs to be climbed. After the second set (by then you had climbed over 100 stairs), I decided that was...more
This open air museum was really worth the visit. They show you the various building styles accross the black forest area and in some of the houses you will find people doing various local trades. The one lady and her husband were in the process of making house shoes and they were more than happy to answer questions.more
A network of marked hiking trails cover the whole Black Forest. From easy short walks to all-day hikes across the mountains, options are endless. The trails have little signposts at crossings, stating the destination and distance, and are marked with coloured symbols.
Thanks to Karlsruhe's extending tram network you can plan one-way hikes across the mountain chains to the adjacent valleys and return by public transport. In the south, the S 4 / S 41 runs along the Murg valley and connects to the Herrenalb line (S 1) in Karlsruhe. In the north, the S 11 begins in Ittersbach and connects to the S 1 already in Waldbronn-Busenbach.
Hiking can be done throughout most of the year. In rainy periods and when the snow is melting the trails become muddy in some parts. In winter, snow is no hindrance, but if there is ice on the ground, take care.
Equipment: Having a detailed hiking map of the region is useful - these can be obtained from bookstores and from the tourist information.
Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Ankle-high hiking boots are not absolutely necessary, the paths are generally easy to walk, but if you have them they won't be out of place.
Depending on weather conditions, rain gear can be needed any season in these parts of the world.
If you plan longer hikes, carry a drink and a snack.
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.