A Delayed Construction Project Becomes A Tourist Attraction In Germany

April 11, 2014 in Daily Bulletin

Germany is so well-known for its efficiency and cost effectiveness that when a project falls behind schedule it straight up becomes a tourist attraction writes Chris Cottrell:

  • Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport was meant to open in 2011 but that date has been pushed back ‘indefinitely’.
  • It’s now possible to get vacation packages to see the construction site just to see what a behind-schedule German project looks like.
  • While there tourists can buy souvenirs with the airport’s logo.
  • Despite the fact that the airport has yet to receive a flight it requires more electricity than the functional Tagel airport.
  • Several empty subway trains are run through the airport every day to prevent rust from building up on the tracks.
  • Taxpayers are also on the hook for the $200,000 a month cleaning cost to keep the main terminal looking pretty.
  • Housekeeping still goes through every room in the hotel opposite the airport to run the faucets and let fresh air in to prepare for guests that may not come for several more years.

Read more about the airport, its cost overruns and delays, and also find out about other major projects in Germany that have fallen behind over here.

Source: The New York Times