Waldenbuch, Germany: Where square is hip
There are lots of museums devoted to… let's say, unexpected, subjects—you know, shoes, Jello, torture. But there may not be a museum with as abstract a subject as the Ritter, which celebrates all things square (and other geometric shapes when they're in an expansive mood).
But there's more to it than just a love of squares. There's chocolate, too. Follow along:
Marli Hoppe-Ritter's collection of geometrical abstract art is the core of this museum, opened in 2005 in a town south of Stuttgart. Frau Hoppe-Ritter's love of the square makes particular sense when you realize she's one of the owners of Ritter Sport, the company that makes those ubiquitous square bars of colorfully wrapped, multi-flavored, pretty darn good chocolate.
The museum is located next to the chocolate factory. That means you can get your dose of culture and then your dose of chocolate, at the factory visitor center and at the museum's cafe. Win-win.