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Biography

About the Architect, Chartered Engineer and Author, Wolfgang Hermann Moissl In the place where novelist Jean Paul came into the world, in the heart of Bavaria's Fichtel Mountains, in the dreamy, picturesque little town of Wunsiedel, one wintery Sunday morning in January of the year 1956, present-day Architect and Author Wolfgang Hermann Moissl was born. He is the great-grandnephew of aristocrat Anna Burgtauf von Altwasser, born in the ancient Kingdom of Austria in the year 1850. His mother came from the Hanseatic city of Bremen in Northern Germany, his father from the little Sudeten German village of Hals, near Karlsbad in Egerland. The forebears on the maternal line had its roots on the one hand in Nuremberg and its Franconian surrounding area, while on the other the maternal ancestral line can be traced back to the North Sea coast via Westphalia to the Netherlands. The paternal family history peters out in the Imperial Danube monarchy, in Austria and in Vienna, where the name Moissl is still found to this day. A young Wolfgang Hermann experienced and observed the early post- war years in Wunsiedel. A peaceful childhood filled with beauty, tranquillity and romance, in spite of - or perhaps even because of - the hardship that prevailed at the time. Even as a five year-old tot he ventured out on forays through the little town and charming scenic surrounding area by himself, just like a little grown-up. Inconceivable today. Helicopter parents would presumably hit the panic button. Indeed the idyllic world in the 50s of the twentieth century presented little Wolfgang Hermann with a freedom that today is the stuff of legend. His favourite destination then, just as it is today, was the Luisenburg, a rock labyrinth made of granite blocks, nestling in a mysterious high forest, redolent of spruce resin. It was here that he went on treasure hunts, hid in the caves and clefts of the rock masses, and enjoyed the superb views from the highest cliff-faces. Shortages and the inescapable frugality of that time made their mark, just as much as the flourishing economic miracle that ensued thereafter in Germany. The calm mysticism and melancholia of the dark spruce tree highland forest areas in North Bavaria's Fichtel Mountains, with their wonderful natural surroundings made up of mountains and wetlands, of fir forest and moss-covered granite, left behind deep spiritual tracks. At the age of seven he and his family moved first to Fürth in Bavaria, then later to Nuremberg. In his youth the hippie movement and its flower power came along just at the right time, providing requisite scope for his yearning for peace and freedom. A draftsman apprenticeship followed completion of the 'Abitur' school leaving certificate, which then led to studying Architecture at Friedrich Alexander University in Nuremberg. He has since retreated from professional life in corporate sales and architecture to finally devote himself - as he himself says - to those really important things in life.
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