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Gsellmann's Weltmaschine (Gsellmann's world machine)

When you go on a holiday to Styria, a wonderful province of Austria with a breathtaking landscape, you will maybe hear of Gsellmann’s Weltmaschine. Franz Gsellmann who created this strange machine without any practical use was a farmer in Edelsbach near Feldbach in the middle of the Eastern Styrian Vulkanland.

When you go on a holiday to Styria, a wonderful province of Austria with a breathtaking landscape, you will maybe hear of Gsellmann’s Weltmaschine. Franz Gsellmann who created this strange machine without any practical use was a farmer in Edelsbach near Feldbach in the middle of the Eastern Styrian Vulkanland.

One day in 1958 he went to the World exhibition in Brussels to see the Atomium which he was very fascinated of. He did draw the Atomium from lots of perspectives and when he returned to his farm the same day he started to create his own Atomium on his farm. His family and neighbors called him a wacko but he held on to his idea and after the copy of the Atomium was ready he did not stop. He collected lots of rubbish and things like Hula-Hoops, bird whistles, lightening conductors, and so on, and put it together to build his world machine until his death in 1981.

Nowadays Gsellmann’s Weltmaschine is well known all over the country and a big attraction for tourist from all around the world. 10 000 visitors a year come to see this strange machine.

Adress: Kaag 12, A-8332 Edelsbach b. Feldbach

Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm (except Tuesdays) year-round
Admission charge: Adults 3€, children 1€, children below six years free

Link: http://www.weltmaschine.at/

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