On most of my trips into the Altstadt, I walk past this wall.
It’s an old wall, older than the buildings around it. It’s covered in graffiti. (I especially like the script along the top, which says, “Bunny, I love you!”)
Set in the wall is a door. An old, wooden door with metal doorknobs. The door is covered in old stickers and concert posters and still more graffiti. I always imagined that behind the door was something like a broom closet, or the entrance to a tiny dungeon.
One day this weekend, I noticed some people had stopped at the door, and were peering inside. They closed the door again before I got to it, and I didn’t look further.
When I came back later in the weekend, though, I pushed the door open gently, and this is what I saw on the other side.
In the middle of the old city, between churches and clothing stores, surrounded by cobblestone, is a lush green overgrown glade. There’s even a very large tree inside.
If this were True Blood, there would be faeries. I’m just sayin’.