The tree that Anne Frank could see from her hiding place during World War II blew over in strong winds on Monday afternoon. Its trunk is broken about one and a half metres above the ground, according to local tv station AT5. No one was hurt and there is no damage to surrounding buildings.
In 2008 the chestnut tree had to be supported with a steel structure costing €50,000 because of its poor condition. Experts said it would be safe for ten to fifteen years.
This followed an announcement in 2007 that the tree was to be chopped down because it was considered in danger of toppling over and causing injury and damage. The announcement caused an international outcry. An appeal by a group of supporters saw the felling order overturned.