The Hanseatic city of Uelzen [ʏltsən] is a medium-sized town in the northeastern Niedersachsen (Lower German Ülz'n). It belongs to the metropolitan region of Hamburg and is the county town of the district Uelzen. Uelzen is a member of the Saxon Hanseatic League and an independent municipality. Uelzen is characterized by half-timbered architecture and also has several notable buildings in the northern German Gothic brickwork. Far beyond the regional borders the county seat was known as Friedensreich Hundertwasser was won for the transformation of the station. The last work of the Viennese artist and architect was inaugurated as part of the World Expo 2000 as Hundertwasser Bahnhof Uelzen and has since become a popular tourist destination.