Gsellmann's Weltmaschine – Dienersdorf, Austria - Atlas Obscura
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Dienersdorf, Austria

Gsellmann's Weltmaschine

"World machine" built by an untrained Austrian farmer. 

Deep in the hills of Austria lies Franz Gsellmann’s Weltmaschine (World Machine). With no formal mechanical or artistic training, Gsellmann spent the last 23 years of his life creating a behemoth of frantically whirring, spinning, turning parts including, but not limited to, toy gondolas, a xylophone, miniature windmills, a spaceship, an oxygen tank, small toys, and brightly colored gears.

Gsellmann dedicated his life to his machine, waking up each morning to lovingly polish and clean each part, but unfortunately he passed away before he could tell anyone the true purpose of his work. Enthusiasts believe it represents the inner workings of the human soul, and—while it may not produce widgets—it does seem to produce joy in those who see it. Don’t miss his workshop, also on display.

Know Before You Go

The place is actually 27.25 km south-south-west of the point indicated by the Atlas Obscura map.The Weltmaschine is in the town of Kaag. Coming from either Feldbach or Edelsback, simply follow the Weltmaschine signs.