Go to the little town of Weil am Rhein in the tri-border region where Germany, France and Switzerland meet. Swiss furniture manifacturer Vitra‘s campus shows off the who’s who of architecture – Switzerland’s own Herzog & De Meuron, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, to name a few…
The majority of non-Germans seem to confuse Bavaria with Germany and Munich with Bavaria. So thinking about Germany/Bavaria/Munich, many of them will think of the Oktoberfest aka. beer, Lederhosen, Weißwurst (white sausage), Brezen (soft pretzel) or several variations of pork dishes.
Fries, mussels, chocolate and beer? We must be in Belgium! Self-proclaimed chocolate capital, Bruges prides itself on its outstanding chocolate. Little boutiques and shops are lined up in almost all the streets in the city center, throwing chocolate into your face. For chocoholics, the chocolate museum might be for you.
The area has made a great deal of effort to morph into a cultural hotspot. Abandoned buildings changed into clubs, restaurants, gyms, youth centers etc. Cities tried their hardest to modify the existing landscape by creating parks and cooperating with artists and architects.
Preservation through alternative use.
Motto of the Zeche Zollverein, Unesco World Heritage Site