Here’s an official Postcrossing card from Germany! This one’s name is a bit of a mouthful – Mönchengladbach! Mönchengladbach is a city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is the most west-reaching state in the country (as a matter of fact, Mönchengladbach is quite close to the border of the Netherlands). This city has historically been a big player in the textile industry, though ever since WWII it’s lessened and other sectors have taken its place. Some of these other sectors include those of transportation and machinery. At the top of this card is the former Mönchengladbach Minster – presently, the Basilica of St. Vitus. This is a Catholic church dates back to the 11th century, around the same time as the founding of Mönchengladbach itself – though, at the time it was just Gladbach, and it wasn’t founded as part of a city but rather part of an abbey (which is a group of religious buildings). Interestingly enough, it wasn’t until the mid-1900s that it received its present name. At the bottom-left of this card is Abteiberg Museum, which is a modern art museum that was established in 1904. So, you can find some pretty contemporary styles such as pop art and expressionism, not to mention a pretty neat sculpture garden. (Fun fact: one of the sculptures there, titled “Garbage Can”, serves as both a work of art to behold as well as a series of literal places to throw away garbage!) The architecture of the museum itself is also pretty notable, though I’m not too keen on the specific styles that were used. Lastly, there’s the water tower of Mönchengladbach, shown in the bottom-right of the card. As you can imagine, this holds the practical use of being a water supply unit… but it’s also really neat-looking! A little break from the blue, bulbous ones that look like they could be in the Abteiberg sculpture garden. Thank you so much for sharing this neat postcard with me!