Iserhatsche – Bispingen, Germany - Atlas Obscura

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Bispingen, Germany

A German artist built a home and garden filled with whimsical art pieces, like a massive, operational volcano. 


German artist Uwe Schulz-Ebschbach bought the land that now houses Iserhatsche, his unique, art-filled home and garden, as a place to build colossal art pieces and buildings. Despite the size of the structures he began to build, Schulz-Ebschbach didn’t get build permits from local authorities to start creating the various structures and houses he constructed on the property. This all came to a head when Schulz-Ebschbach started work on a massive fake volcano. 

The local authorities gave him a deadline by which he had to demolish everything, including the volcano. Eventually, Schulz-Ebschbach made a deal with the city to open his curiosity-filled home and garden to the public as a museum. And now, thousands of visitors come to wander through Schulz-Ebschbach’s creations.

His volcano is fully operational and can be set off via remote control. Different grottos and rooms store his massive collection of beer bottles, matchboxes, playing cards, beer glasses, bottle ships, frogs, and much more. Schulz-Ebschbach also built his own sitting coffin, so he can be buried not laying down but sitting upright.

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Hard to reach via public transportation because it lies so far outside any city.

The owner is mostly around the place and tells guests strange stories about his life, which sound mostly like fantasy. 

Visiting is an interesting, strange experience, but totally worth it.

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