Travel broadens the mind, as the saying goes. It expands our horizons and it’s just fun. It’s in this spirit that we present our German Sites of Modernism, destinations worth the trip.
With the buildings selected for the Grand Tour of Modernism, we are effectively creating a network that spans the nation, with many intersections, not only in the big cities and not only in the places where the Bauhaus was immediately located, but also in the periphery and away from the major streets.
Sites of Modernism
The Bauhaus was founded in Weimar in 1919. Walter Gropius brought the European avant-garde into the city: Lyonel Feininger, Oskar Schlemmer, Johannes Itten and many more were about to revolutionize everyday life with their ideas.
When people talk about Modernism today, nobody can ignore Dessau. From 1925 to 1932 the city was home to one of the most famous architecture and art schools in the world: the Bauhaus.
Modernism had a lasting impact on the cityscape of Berlin. Six housing estates were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008. Numerous other buildings, such as the Bauhaus archive itself, testify to the groundbreaking power of these ideas, which spread around the world.
Whether the Bauhaus building in Dessau, the works of Lyonel Feininger in Halle and Quedlinburg, the garden city in Leuna as well as the residential buildings and the town hall in Magdeburg – Saxony-Anhalt today not only stands for the Bauhaus, but also for Modernism par excellence.
In addition to the Bauhaus World Heritage in Weimar, Thuringia has other impressive sites to offer where the Bauhaus and its time can be experienced. Discover the Dairy in Arnstadt, modern architecture in Gera, the Margaretha-Reichardt-House in Erfurt or the House of the People in Probstzella.
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