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Visit Haus am Horn and Haus Hohe Pappeln
Visit the brand-new Bauhaus Museum
Explore the picturesque medieval city of Erfurt
Visit the buildings and designes of the Bauhaus Movement
Full-day tour to Berlin
In 2019, Germany celebrates the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. Known as Germany’s city of enlightenment, Weimar was the birthplace of Bauhaus in 1919, it relocated to Dessau in 1925 and closed in Berlin under pressure from the Nazis in 1933. The extremely influential but short-lived art school founded by architect Walter Gropius was ill-fated from the start, constantly under fire for its ideologies, but its demise at the hands of the Nazis only facilitated the rapid spread of its philosophy around the world and its influence remains to the present day. This special centenary celebration tour, in the company of Mike Hope, has been extended by a day to allow more in-depth exploration of one of the iconic movements of the 20th century.
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Departing: 25th April 2019 at 08:20
Returning: 30th April 2019 at 18:25
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Berlin. Transfer by coach to Weimar for check in to hotel for two-night stay. Remainder of the afternoon free to explore this lovely old town before welcome reception, lecture by Mike Hope 'The Bauhaus - the most influential Art Design School in History?' and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day 2: Erfurt and Haus am Horn, Weimar.
This morning we head to Erfurt, the 1250-year old Thuringia capital, renowned for its immaculately preserved medieval city centre. Highlights include the cathedral which dates from 742, the church of St Severus and the Petersberg citadel offering an excellent view of the city marking the boundary of an area steeped in history. Additionally, the Kraemerbruecke Bridge, as the only covered bridge north of the Alps with its houses spanning the river Gera, and the Latin Quarter, a relic of glorious university days, are also worth seeing. The famous names associated with Erfurt include Goethe, Schiller, the Humboldt brothers and Martin Luther lived as a monk at the Augustinian Monastery. After time for lunch return to Weimar for a visit to the Haus am Horn, designed by Georg Muche, a painter and teacher at the Bauhaus, and Haus Hohe Pappeln built and inhabited by pioneering Bauhaus architect Henry van der Velde from 1907 to 1917. Evening at leisure in Weimar.
Day 3: Full day in Weimar and transfer to Dessau.
Today we explore the thousand-year-old town of Weimar, which lies at the heart of the 'Thuringian Classics' Road'. Thanks to the literary quartet Goethe, Schiller, Herder and Wieland, together with their numerous contemporaries who visited them in Weimar, the small former royal town has acquired the name of 'the Athens of the Ilm'. And was a 'European City of Culture' in 1999. Classical highlights here include Goethe Square, Herder Square, the German National Theatre, Wittums Palace with the Wieland Museum, Schiller's House and Schiller Museum, Goethe's House and Goethe National Museum, the Anna Amalia Library and the town castle housing the Cranach Gallery, Goethe's Summer House in the Park on the Ilm and the town church made famous by Herder. It is also the birthplace of the Bauhaus movement and much of our time today will be devoted to exploring the buildings and design of this revolutionary school. Explore Henry van de Velde’s Bauhaus Building to see reconstructed Bauhaus works destroyed by the Nazi regime, including murals and reliefs by Schlemmer, Bayer and Schmidt; van de Velde’s house in Belvedere Allee and his interiors for Nietzsche’s villa; and Gropius’s Expressionist ‘Monument to the March Dead’. A major highlight of the day will be a visit to the brand-new Bauhaus Museum, opened to commemorate the centenary. Transfer to Dessau and check-in to the Radisson Blu Furst Leopold Hotel for two-night stay.
Day 4: Full day in Dessau.
Full day in Dessau where we will visit the Törten Estate (Gropius, Meyer and Muche) designed to create affordable living space for the growing population, followed by a lecture by Mike Hope in the Bauhaus complex - 'The Bauhaus in Context'. This afternoon we will visit the restored Bauhuas Building (1926), designed by Walter Gropius, incorporating student accommodation, a workshop wing with a spectacular glass wall, a theatre and a canteen. Nearby are the Masters' Houses built for the director and masters of the school, whose occupants included Mies van der Rohe. You will also get the opportunity to see (externally) other Bauhaus buildings in Dessau, among them staff houses and the Labour Exchange (both by Gropius). This evening we will have a welcome drink followed by dinner with wine at the Bauhaus-style Kornhaus Restaurant in Dessau.
Day 5: Berlin - Heinz Berggruen Museum, Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection and Bernau.
This morning we head to Berlin to continue our exploration of this fascinating artistic and architectural movement in the final years of its life in Berlin, where its innovative and revolutionary ideas and ideals were met with short shrift by the ultra-conservative Nazis. On arrival into the German capital we will visit the Heinz Berggruen Modern Art Museum which houses works by Picasso, Matisse, Klee, Giacometto and others. Then to the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection in the Charlottenburg district to see its art collection before a visit to Bernau in the afternoon to see the ADGB Trade Union School, dating from 1930 and still considered an archetypal example of functional architecture. Dinner and overnight at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, Berlin.
Day 6: Berlin highlights and Mies Van Der Rohe House.
A final day to see some of the highlights that Berlin has to offer including the Brandenburg Gate, Recihstag, Checkpoint Charlie and last remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, before our return flight to the UK. One last Modernist masterpiece remains on the agenda which fittingly ends this tour as it was the last building, designed in 1932, by Bauhaus architect Mies Van Der Rohe (now a modern art museum) before he fled the Nazis to the USA. Mid-afternoon transfer to the airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Leonardo Hotel, Weimar
The four-star Leonardo Hotel Weimar is ideally located within walking distance of the downtown area opposite the beautiful Goethe Park and between the old town and the Belvedere Castle. All standard rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, phone, TV, internet, mini-bar, hairdryer, bathroom with bathtub and shower, and a panoramic view of the park or a quiet courtyard. There is also a leisure complex with indoor pool, gym, sauna, bar and restaurant overlooking Goethe Park.
Radisson Blu Furst Leopold Hotel
This four-star hotel in Dessau in located in a Bauhaus-style building. The hotel has a bar and wellness & beauty centre, and rooms are comfortable with all modern facilities.
Radisson Blu First Leopold Website
Leonardo Hotel Royal, Berlin
The four-star Leonardo Royal is ideally located in the city centre and offers a high standard of accommodation and service with stylish bar, ‘Vitruv’ restaurant and public areas, spa lounge with fitness centre & sauna and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern facilities. Located in an historic Bauhaus-inspired building, it is an ideal base in the capital.
Leonardo Hotel Royal Website
Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer, has spent more than twenty-five years at four universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions, and advised on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter. He specialises in Art and Design History, early 20th Century architecture, Stained Glass; Churches and Cathedrals; the English Country House and Garden.
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