Ooh ah, just a little bit…
I’m just going to tell you how it was. This week, we rented a car with three friends from Berlin and went on a little holiday adventure to the Harz. Stories about this stunning part of Germany will follow soon, but on our journey we needed a pit-stop. Basically, I needed a wee. Ahem.
A sign said Magdeburg City was just ahead, so we left the Autobahn and headed into what can only be described as a super ugly town. All the buildings were cement-grey blocks, no trees aligned the streets and there was building work all over the place.
Luckily from a distance I spotted some familiar golden bulbs on the top of a building. It looked like something my favourite male artist Hundertwasser would have made. Suddenly the city looked beautiful! We wandered over to look at the most amazing housing block ever. Bright pink and full of plant life, it literally saved the city in my eyes.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist. I first discovered him when I visited Vienna with my father as a child. Hundertwasser didn’t believe in the straight line, and so all the walls and floors in the building I visited were curved or slanted. If you look closely at the photo, you can even see the floor isn’t even.
He wanted to rekindle the love affair between human and nature, so plants cover the walls, the roofs and any extra spaces. Everything is bright and colourful. It’s magical and exciting! So when we found this in Magdeburg it was an absolute joy! I want to live in these apartments so badly!
On a plus side, the café had delicious waffles and it’s just a lovely little place to sit and enjoy the unusual scenery.
We also discovered two other cool things in the city. A shop selling medieval clothing!! I wanted everything in this place and it was very reasonably priced too.
And these epic figures crawling to the top of this building.
But basically, if you happen to pass by Magdeburg, an hour is more than enough. Then, get back into the car and head towards the Harz!