Helene Fischer stolen from apartment stairwell

The owner of a house in Geseke in North Rhine Westphalia was awoken early on Friday morning to find a thief stealing pop superstar Helene Fisher from his stairwell.

Helene Fischer stolen from apartment stairwell
Photo: DPA

The man told police that he woke up when he heard the robber making a noise in his stairwell. But by the time he got to the scene, it was too late, reports Geseke News.

The thief was already making a getaway on his skateboard with Helene tucked under his arm.

Fischer is currently Germany's most popular singer and is in the middle of a sell-out tour of the country.

A police spokesman told The Local “getting Ms. Fischer back isn't top of of our agenda. We actually have other things that are more important to do.”

He went on to explain that “if we were talking about the real Helene Fischer we would probably be a bit more concerned. But this one is only a cardboard cut-out.”

The life-sized cardboard cut-out was the only item the thief stole, the spokesman confirmed. He pointed out that the must-have items are currently sold out in her fan store. He could not confirm whether the two events were connected.

The spokesman added that police have not published a description of the hostage, as is usual in such situations.

“We don't have any pictures, but I'm assuming that everyone knows what she looks like,” he said.

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Germany’s Scheffelbrücke: Everything you need to know about the ‘world’s most expensive bridge’

Germany's Scheffelbrücke might not seem like much to look at, but by some accounts it is the most expensive bridge in the world. Here’s what you need to know.

Germany's Scheffelbrücke: Everything you need to know about the ‘world’s most expensive bridge’
The Scheffelbrücke in Baden-Württemburg isn't known for its astounding beauty or engineering prowess - but it is known for its price tag. Photo: Heinz Seehagel, Creative Commons.

If you’re travelling near the Swiss border, you might come across the Scheffelbrücke – a quiet, two-lane bridge over the Radolfzeller Aach in Baden-Württemburg. 

By bridge standards, the 20-metre concrete construction seems relatively unremarkable – until you take a look at the engraved sign on the side which quotes the price tag. 

A sign on the bridge references the incredible price of the bridge: 1,520,940,901,926,024 Deutschmarks. 

That’s 1,500 trillion marks. 

Why is the Scheffelbrücke Germany’s most expensive bridge – and why is it so drab?

While Germany has the money and the landscape to have some expensive bridges, that over the Aach hardly rivals the Golden Gate, London Bridge or Sydney Harbour for elegance or ingenuity. 

The bridge, completed in 1923, takes the name of Joseph Victor von Scheffel, a German writer who will forever be associated with the glorified concrete slab. 

While one might suspect pork barrelling or crafty accounting as a reason for the astonishing cost – or perhaps a trick to reel in the tourists to the otherwise unassuming village of Singen – the cost is in fact real.

The high price is a consequence of the out of control post-World War One inflation which hit Germany, where money almost completely lost its value. 

A sign for the bridge reveals its extortionate building costs. Photo: Heinz Seehagel, Creative Commons.

Local authorities, wanting to boost the economy, signed off on the bridge as an infrastructure project. 

As a consequence, some local workers presumably became millionaires as a consequence – although there was perhaps little meaning to the idea of being a millionaire when a billion would only buy you a concrete bridge. 

Fortunately, Germany was able to bring inflation under control and wheelbarrows full of money were no longer required to purchase basic things.

And almost a century later, when not taking wacky inflation into account, Germany’s ‘most expensive bridge in the world’ no longer has that title. 

That goes to the Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco (no, not the Golden Gate but the other one), which cost 6.3 billion US dollars – or roughly 5.2 billion euro  – to build. 

The Oakland Bay Bridge however goes for eight kilometres and possesses some of the aesthetic qualities which one would expect from the most expensive bridge in the world.