"Art Nouveau Quarter Westend and Neundorf" Plauen Off The Beaten Path Tip by Kathrin_E

Plauen Off The Beaten Path: 1 reviews and 5 photos

I discovered this quarter by coincidence while touring randomly on the tram lines of the town. Westend and Neundorf, the western suburbs of Plauen, consist almost completely of art nouveau architecture. The entire quarter seems to have been planned and built during Plauen's most prosperous era before World War I when it was the European centre of lace-making and almost tripled its population within a few decades.

Having a lot of money often causes an inclination to show off. The facades of the villas and townhouses are overflowing with sculptures and stucco ornaments.

How to get there: take the tram 3 or 6 to "Neundorf", get off at the terminal station and look around you. Trams run every 10 minutes.

Practical hint: Free public toilets can be found inside the big ugly furniture store named "Biller" on the uphill side of the square (the thing is impossible to overlook). Walk in and keep left, past the carpets. Try to look like a potential customer, though.

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  • Written Sep 19, 2011
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