Hellerau Festival House

Saxony

© Kristin Schmidt

Haus Am Horn in Weimar

Thuringia

Christiane Würtenberger

Villa Esche in Chemnitz

Saxony

CWE © Wolfgang Thieme

Dornburg Pottery Workshop Museum

Thuringia

Konrad Keßler / Keramik Museum Bürgel

Bauhaus

The Bauhaus design movement was born in Weimar in 1919 and has since conquered the world. Discover where it all started on a modernist trip through Saxony and Thuringia.

Weimar – Dornburg – Jena – Chemnitz – Leipzig – Löbau

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Explore Weimar’s sites that are part of the UNESCO listing “Bauhaus Weimar”, including “Haus Am Horn” that was built as a model for residential housing in 1923 as part of the first Bauhaus exhibition. At the new Bauhaus Museum Weimar, which opened in 2019, you can see the world’s oldest Bauhaus collection with a multitude of iconic items. Neighbouring Neues Museum’s new permanent exhibition “Van de Velde, Nietzsche and Modernism around 1900” provides more insights into the spirit of the time and “Haus Hohe Pappeln”, designed by Henry van de Velde, is a showcase for Modernist style.

Weimar
(c) Michael Kremer

Weimar

Weimar is the place where the famous Bauhaus School was established in 1919. The city provides a deeper insight into the early history of the architecture and design school.

Only 45 minutes drive from Weimar, the small town of Dornburg is home to the Bauhaus Pottery Workshop, to this day a production site of fine ceramics. Spend the second part of the day in Jena (10 min drive) to visit the Zeiss Planetarium in a 1920s modernist building. At “In der Göhre” café you can enjoy your cake served on porcelain plates designed by Henry van de Velde.

Dornburg Jena
(c) Markus Glahn / Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein für die Schatzkammer Thüringen

Dornburg

The little town of Dornburg is known for its ensemble of three charming palaces and gardens perched above the Saale river. An annex building of the Rococo palace houses the Bauhaus Pottery Workshop.

(c) Moritz Kretschmer

Jena

Jena is Thuringia’s second largest city where Art Nouveau, Bauhaus and Modernism meet. Architecture lovers can take a peek at two Walter Gropius-designed (privately-owned) mansions.

On to Chemnitz in Saxony (approx. 1h 15 min drive), also known as the “City of Modernity”, where modernist architecture is scattered around town, such as Villa Esche, designed by Henry van de Velde, Schocken department store (now a museum for archeology), or Gunzenheimer Museum in a former bank building and now housing an excellent collection of works of classical modernism.

Chemnitz
© Holger Stein Fotografie
© Holger Stein Fotografie

Chemnitz

Make time to visit Villa Esche, designed by Henry van de Velde in 1902/1903 for a Chemnitz-based stocking manufacturer and considered a masterpiece of modern architecture. Apart from serving as a event venue, it also houses Germany’s  first Henry van de Velde museum.

Another hour north in Leipzig, you’ll find a splendid work of one of the Bauhaus greats in the shape of a large-scale glass window by Josef Albers in the city’s Grassi Museum. There’s, also the residential “Rundling” complex as an example for pioneering communal housing of the 1930s and the “Versöhnungskirche” (Church of Reconciliation) as another major historical monument of classical modernism in Leipzig.

Grassi Museum Leipzig
© Gunter Binsack
© Gunter Binsack

Grassi Museum Leipzig

As one of the world’s foremost museums of applied art, the Grassi features, among others, an outstanding textile collection including Bauhaus designs.

Venturing east (approx. 2 hrs 45 min drive), be surprised by “Haus Schminke” in the small town of Löbau, an internationally renowned example of the “Neues Bauen” style.

Haus Schminke, Löbau
© Kristin Schmidt
© Kristin Schmidt

Haus Schminke, Löbau

Designed by Hans Scharoun in 1930 for a local manufacturer, Haus Schminke was extensively renovated for the Bauhaus centenary in 2019. If you want a fully immersive experience of its architecture, you can also book a room and spend the night there (from Thu to Sun).

 

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