Bonn building stands out because of complex layout

If the producers of the American reality show “The Amazing Race” really want to separate the pros from the amateurs, they should make any room in the Deutsche Welle building in Bonn, Germany one of their pit stops.

Exactly one year ago today I first set foot on the headquarters of Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle (DW), to take part in an online journalism workshop.

Rhine River area near the DW building

That building is located along the Rhine River, in the western German city of Bonn.

I wouldn’t dare roam the halls of the DW headquarters without an employee accompanying me.

That structure is one puzzling maze!

On the very first day of the workshop, our guide in Bonn actually had to show us how to get to our classroom.

It was easy to understand why. Simply telling visitors to go to this floor and to that room wouldn’t work there.

But for me, that’s one of the charms of the DW headquarters.

The “complicated” layout sets it apart from the other buildings that I’ve been to. I can never say that it’s “just another building.”

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