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Berlin's Fake Mound

Architects can be pretty off the wall at the best of times, but architect Jacob Tigges's plan to build a 1000m mountain in Berlin could be the craziest idea to date.

Surprisingly the project, The Berg, has won a fair amount of support from the German public. The artificial mountain is aiming to become the city's largest tourist attraction, though we suspect the team behind The Berg will have to literally move mountains to make this ambitious plan a reality.

Berlin Artificial Mountain

Aside from tourism, the aim of the 'mountain', which still remains firmly in the pipeline, is to create a habitat for wildlife such as deer and fox. If The Berg is erected, it will be a platform for natural snow cover during winter and provide a place for winter sports in the city.

In fairness to Germany, it's not the first country to manufacture 'natural' attractions - Dubai does it with artificial beaches, the UK with lakes. At least you can be sure that Germany's offering will run like clockwork!

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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Clayton is a comfortable traveller, having grown up in a small city that was far away from everything. He spent lots of time in the car as a child, driving up and down the coast of South Africa on surfing trips with his family. After studying abroad in the United States and spending a year working in London, he moved to Cape Town, where he completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. He now works as a freelance writer for various travel, surfing and action sports publications.