Five years after his death, Friedensreich Hundertwasser's last building project was finally completed - what was controversial at first is now one of Magdeburg's landmarks.

By train to Magdeburg: Plan arrival

The "Green Citadel" of Magdeburg is reminiscent of the Catalan Modernism of Antoni Gaudí, and could stand in the same way in Barcelona. Curved, almost weightless-looking forms, the facades full of balconies, largely painted in pink and rose, golden spheres on turrets and roofs - the imaginative building, opened in 2005, stands in stark contrast to the venerable cathedral on one side and the sober functional buildings of Magdeburg on the other. Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) conceived his building as an "oasis for humanity and for nature in a sea of rational houses," meant to question the proper relationship between humans, nature and architecture. The Citadel houses a good 50 rental apartments, plus a variety of stores, restaurants and cafés. The green courtyards are open to the public. If you can't get enough of it and want to stay longer: No problem - there's also a small, fine art hotel. 

The special tip: In the "Green Citadel" there is also a small theater - here concerts, readings, comedy and own productions take place.

Good connection by train: Magdeburg is easy to reach by long-distance transport, and it only takes an hour and a half from Berlin. From the main train station, it is only a 10-minute walk to the Hundertwasser Building.
By the way, you can find tips on how to travel comfortably and inexpensively on long-distance and local trains with Deutsche Bahn here.

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