As a university of design, the Bauhaus School revolutionised 20th century art and architecture around the world. Today the original buildings in Weimar and Dessau, along with a range of museums and exhibitions, provide an insight into a movement that still seems innovative today.
In December 1996, almost 70 years to the day since the dedication of the Gropius Building in Dessau, the Bauhaus sites of Dessau and Weimar were designated official UNESCO World Heritage sites. Buildings by Bauhaus teachers such as Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer, László Moholy-Nagy and Wassily Kandinsky established the Bauhaus style, which greatly influenced the architecture of the 20th century. The work of the Bauhaus started in Weimar in 1919 and was first shown in an exhibition in 1923. Haus am Horn in Weimar, which in 1923 was built as a showcase home to a design by George Muche, exemplifies this unique architectural style. But the main building of the Bauhaus University and the former School of Arts and Crafts on Geschwister-Scholl-Strasse, both designed by the Belgian Henry van de Velde, are pure Bauhaus too. Also worth visiting is the Bauhaus Museum on Theaterplatz, directly opposite the Goethe and Schiller statue. In Dessau, the College of Design was a magnet for the avant garde of the time. Walter Gropius designed the building, which opened in 1926. It was with the Dessau Bauhaus that the application of Modernist principles to architecture and design first began to take shape, as can be seen from the 'masters' houses' and the Dessau-Törten estate. In the historical Bauhaus Canteen you can enjoy a generous breakfast or lunch sitting on the Marcel Breuer-designed stools. In the Studio House, former student rooms, some remodelled according to their original design, can be rented as single or double guestrooms.
Opening times for Bauhaus buildings: 10am to 5pm daily
Opening times for the masters' houses: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
Bauhaus Building tours: daily at 11am and 2pm; Saturday and Sunday also at 12 noon and 4pm
Public tours of the masters' houses: Tuesday to Sunday 12.30pm and 3.30pm, Sat/Sun also at 1.30pm
Architectural tour of the Dessau-Törten estate: Tuesday to Sunday 3.30pm
Further information: www.bauhaus-dessau.de
April to November: Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday 2pm
December to March: Friday and Saturday 2pm
Opening times for the Bauhaus Museum: year-round Wednesday to Monday 10am to 6pm, closed Tuesday
Scheduled tours: Monday and Sunday 1pm
Bauhaus.Atelier | Info Shop Café: visitor centre of the Bauhaus University Weimar:
April to November: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 4pm
December to March: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 1pm to 4pm
Bauhaus University Weimar, Van de Velde Ensemble: Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm
Further information: www.weimar.de
Re-opening of the Dessau Meisterhaus ensemble, 15 & 16 May 2014
Bauhaus Colour Festival, Dessau, September: festival celebrating Bauhaus UNESCO World Heritage with art, music and food
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