Architect Walter Gropius launched the radical Bauhaus arts movement in 1919 in Weimar, Germany after the devastation of the first world war. The Bauhaus brought together fine arts and crafts to create buildings and interiors for the modern age. Fine artists, including Wassily Kadinsky and Paul Klee, taught alongside cabinetmaker Marcel Breuer and textile designer Gunta Stolzl in a unified, guild-style programme. Gropius declared, "Let us together create the new building of the future which will all be in one: architecture and sculpture and painting." In the centenary year of this influential movement, visit the two sites of the Bauhaus schools in Dessau and Weimar as well as modernist buildings in Berlin, influenced by Bauhaus. The Bauhaus influence rapidly extended across Europe and the US; it changed the way we live at home and at work forever.
View special offer below
View more climate information & imperial units
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Berlin with British Airways. Transfer to Weimar to see the origins of the Bauhaus concept in the Haus Hohe Pappeln, home of the architect Henry van de Velde, Gropius’ predecessor at the Weimar art school. Introductory lecture on Bauhaus followed by dinner. Stay 2 nights at the historic Hotel Elephant (or similar). (D)
Gropius founded Bauhaus in Weimar with a revolutionary programme combining fine arts, crafts, typography and architecture. After a walking tour of the town, a curator of the Bauhaus 100 centenary celebrations will lead an exclusive tour of the Bauhaus art school buildings and Haus am Horn (subject to confirmation). This afternoon visit the new Bauhaus museum. (B)
This morning see Walter Gropius' Workers Memorial and visit the village church at Gelmeroda that inspired artist and Bauhaus lecturer Lyonel Feininger to paint it many times; one of these studies illustrated the Bauhaus manifesto. Drive to Jena to see the exteriors of Bauhaus buildings Haus Zuckerkandl and the Zeiss-Planetarium. An exclusive visit to the Haus Auerbach with the owner of this private house is subject to confirmation. This afternoon, discover the beautiful art nouveau Kassberg (or Kaßberg) district in Chemnitz. Stay 1 night at Hotel Chemnitzer Hof (or similar). Visit the Schoenherrfabrik arts centre in a converted textile mill for dinner. (B, D)
Walking tour of Chemnitz to discover the work of Erich Mendelsohn, who built the former Schocken department store. See the great collections of German expressionist art in Museum Gunzenhauser, with work by Otto Dix and Alexei Jawlensky, and in Chemnitz Fine Arts Museum, with works by Max Beckman and examples of an early form of German
expressionism, the Brücke. Designed by Henry van de Velde in 1902-03, the Villa Esche embodies the modern with its ideal of the “total work of art”. After lunch at Villa Esche, drive to Dessau, past the former Zschornewitz power station, an imposing statement of new objectivity in architecture with its equally impressive worker’s garden village, Kolonie. Stay 2 nights at Hotel Fürst Leopold in Dessau (or similar) with dinner at a Bauhaus restaurant beside the Elbe, the Kornhaus. (B, L, D)
Visit the school Walter Gropius designed in 1925 and which remained the centre of Bauhaus until it was closed in 1932. Gropius also designed homes for the school’s Masters, creating a unique artist’s colony expressing all the ideas of the Bauhaus. One of these buildings now houses the Kurt Weill Centre. Lunch at the Mensa canteen in the Bauhaus school. Visit the Törten Estate of 314 houses built as affordable houses with gardens, focusing on the elements of light, air and sun. The sweeping floating glass roof of the Gropiusdesigned former job centre is magnificent. (B, L)
Early departure for Berlin via Potsdam to see the Einstein Tower observatory, built in German expressionist style. Continue to Babelsberg, where the young Mies van der Rohe constructed some of his first houses. In Berlin, walk through the Zehlendorf District to see the station and Onkel Toms Hütte. Visit Mies van der Rohe’s Haus Perl and Haus Werner for an exclusive tour by special arrangement. Stay 1 night at the Henri Hotel (or similar). This evening visit Haus Lemke designed by Mies van der Rohe for a specially arranged tour (subject to confirmation). Dinner will be at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Free time in Berlin before driving to the airport via the Olympic Stadium. Fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a lecturer who has specialist knowledge of the destination and its culture.
Based in 4-star accommodation.
This tour involves some long walks over uneven ground and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
Thomas Abbott is a Berlin-based specialist in architectural history from the baroque to the 20th century. He graduated in psychology and art history at Carleton College, Minnesota, completed his graduate studies in the history of art and architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, and has also studied at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris. He has conducted many acclaimed cultural and art tours throughout Europe.
A collection of expert accompanied
tours focusing on creativity
in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the
subject matter is required.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
DFL2019: 6 Nights