Travel and Culture

Hundertwasser – Whangarei to Bavaria

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was an Austrian-Born New Zealand artist, architect and environmentalist.

Well known for the Kawakawa toilets which were completed in 1999, Hundertwasser also designed the Kuchlbauer Tower at the Kuchlbauer brewery in Bavaria. Unfortunately, Hundertwasser died during the planning phase while travelling to Europe on the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2. The project was then taken over by the owner of the brewery Leonhard Salleck and architect Peter Pelikan.

The tower stands at 34.19 metres although the height was not without controversy as no tower could be higher than the local church’s steeple (anywhere in Bavaria!) so the plans were revisited a number of times.

The tower opened to visitors in 2010, 10 years after Hundertwasser’s death. If you’re in Abensberg in Bavaria, you can visit the brewery for a tour. While the entire tour is in German, they do provide a written English translation so if your German isn’t quite up to scratch you can still follow along.

The tour takes a couple of hours and ends at the tower where you can either climb the stairs or take the lift to the top before heading back inside for a beer and a pretzel. An absolute must do in Bavaria.

However, if you cannot make it to Bavaria, you can visit the Whangarei which is home to Hundertwasser Art Centre and the Whangarei Art Museum which pays homage to Hundertwasser.

Click on the photo gallery below to launch images taken at the Kuchlbauer brewery in Bavaria.


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