Encounter design diversity

Photo: Tillmann Franzen, tillmannfranzen.com;
Vineyard Kreutzenberger (1929/30), architect: Otto Prott


2 days


Frankfurt/Main, Mainz und Kindenheim

travel type

on foot, Car, Bus, Rail, Bike


With its reform programme and pioneering project "The New Frankfurt", Hessen was a hotspot of the New Building movement in the 1920s. New interior design standards were set with the Frankfurt kitchen.
Less well known is the fact that the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt am Main houses some of the estate of the Bauhausers Hannes Meyer and Mart Stam, or that the Bauhausers Gertrud and Alfred Arndt spent most of their lives in Darmstadt, where their heirs still manage part of their archives today.
The first site of the Bauhaus Archive, which later moved to Berlin, was Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt. From early on it was seen as an artists' colony seeking to unite fine art and craft – the same goal that the Bauhaus set itself when it was founded in 1919.
With their "New Typography" or "Elementary Typography", Bauhausers such as Herbert Bayer, László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers and Joost Schmidt revolutionised graphic and communication design across the globe. On the occasion of its anniversary in 2019, the renowned Gutenberg Museum in Mainz is celebrating their work with a special, comprehensive typography exhibition. Furthermore, the achievements of the New Building movement will be presented in Rhineland-Palatinate to mark the anniversary of the Bauhaus movement. Examples of this is the communal housing development in Ludwigshafen, as well as the listed Ebert housing estate.


The tour


“The New Frankfurt”

•   Travel to Frankfurt
•   Visit the collection and the special exhibition in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum or in the Museum of Applied Arts
•   Individual lunch in the museum café
•   Afternoon visit to the Römerstadt housing estate; tour of the model home in Ernst May House and of the housing estate
•   Evening programme and overnight stay in Frankfurt


The “Elementary typography”

•  Morning: travel to Mainz
•  Visit the typography anniversary exhibition “Simply Grotesque” in the Gutenberg Museum
•  Travel to Kindenheim to the Kreutzenberger Winery; wine tasting in a cultural monument
•  Return travel

Optional programme components    
•  Visit the Ebertsiedlung in Ludwigshafen


The tour recommendation outlined here cannot be booked as an package via the Bauhaus Cooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar or the state tourism agencies.
If you are interested in booking a group trip, you can send your request by e-mail to Project 2508: touristikservice@bauhaus100.de.


If you wish to visit one of the federal states, you can obtain further information and advice from the state tourism agencies.

Contact and service

HA Hessen Agentur GmbH
Konradinerallee 9
65189 Wiesbaden
Tel. +49 611 95017-80

Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
Löhrstraße 103-105
56068 Koblenz
+49 (0) 261 – 915 20 0