"Quo Vadis, the Golden Trabant" Embassies Tip by easyoar
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Quo Vadis means "Where did you go". This is the name of the Golden trabant sculpture that stands in the German Embassy Grounds. I presume this refers to the owners of the Trabants that dumped them around the West German Embassy in 1989.
In 1989 several thousand East Germans flooded in to Prague. The reason for this was that the Czechoslovak authorities had dedcided to turn a blind eye to them emigrating to West Germany, via the West German Embassy in Prague. At the time, the only car you could easily buy in East Germany was the Trabant. I remember seeing loads of these in Budapest when Hungary was still behind the Iron Curtain. Not only were they pathetically underpowered (600cc from memory), but the pollution they produced was horrendous.
Anyhow, the emigrating East Germans basically dumped their old Trabbies (Trabants) by the hundreds in the streets around the West German Embassy. SOme owners even left the keys in the ignition still!
This sculpture bt David Cerny remembers this mas migration of people. Unfortunately it is hidden inside the gardens of the German embassy, so you have to go round the back and peer through the railings to see it. It is almost definitely best seen in winter when there are no leaves. The statue was unveiled in 1991.
Note:- Taking pictures of it is very difficult what with the railings and the leaves to contend with!
Address: Garden of the German Embassy
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