The Schulenburg Estates - Lower Saxony - Germany
The Schulenburg Estates are all located within or close by the city of Wolfsburg, one of Germany's few new cities established in the 20th century. The city has made space for a series of extraordinary standalone pieces: since the mid-1950s, it has seen the construction of Alvar Aalto's cultural centre, Hans Scharoun's theatre, the Planetarium Wolfsburg and the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the Autostadt and the Phaeno Science Centre.
Wolfsburg’s castle, formerly owned by the Schulenburg family, is among the best known historic architectural monuments of the North-German Renaissance. Today it houses several museums, showcasing Wolfsburg’s history, modern art and photography.
The Kunstmuseum (Museum of modern art) Wolfsburg is famous for its modern and contemporary art exhibitions showing large-scale retrospectives from the area of classic modern art. The Autostadt invites you to a journey into the world of the automobile. Year-round attractions include the car museum, eight pavilions which house VW’s various car brands, and the all-terrain track. The Phaeno Science Centre, designed by the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, displays over 350 phenomena to get both young and old excited about science and technology. In the designer outlets in Wolfsburg store after store of trendy designer labels offer the perfect outfit for any and every occasion.
In order to preserve and promote the natural landscape, a 20-hectare area of the Manor Bisdorf has been excluded from agricultural and forestry management. The extraordinary feature of the Bisdorf biodiversity project is its unique combination of valuable habitat, for example wetlands, forests, shrub land, dry grasslands as well as wild pear and apple trees. Here you can find orchids, kingfishers and skylarks. Egrets, ducks, coots, gallinules, woodcock, cranes, terrapins, various amphibians, dragonflies and marsh iris have also all been spotted.
Furthermore, forests with coniferous, deciduous and mixed tree populations are located in the North of Wolfsburg and in Brandenburg and are home to a plethora of wildlife. You can watch birds, hunt or just stroll through the woods.