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Holiday type Art, history & culture
Country Germany
Travel type Fly
Price range From £1165
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 4 nights
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Bauhaus - Modernist architecture and design

Known as Germany’s city of enlightenment, Weimar was the birthplace of Bauhaus, the extremely influential but short-lived art school founded by architect Walter Gropius in 1919. The school 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.

Expert Mike Hope will guide you through its turbulent 14 year existence from Weimar through Dessau to Berlin whilst delving deeper into the ideologies of ‘total’ works of art and art education, and the enormous influence on modern architecture and design that is still very much palpable today.

Join Mike Hope on this new tour with visits to Erfurt, Weimar and the Bauhaus Museum, Dessau and its Bauhaus museum and Masters' House and Berlin's Bauhaus Archive.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.


  • Return scheduled flights from London to Berlin
  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Leonardo hotel, Weimar and two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star NH Dessau hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • Dinner with wine at the Leonardo hotel, Weimar
  • Dinner with wine at the Bauhaus style Kornhaus restaurant, Dessau
  • Two lectures by Mike Hope
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees Mike Hope and tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Fly from London Gatwick to Berlin and transfer by coach to Weimar for check in to the hotel for a two-night stay. Remainder of the afternoon free to explore before a welcome reception, lecture by Mike Hope 'The Bauhaus - the most influential Art Design School in History?' and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day two

This morning we head to Erfurt, the 1250-year old Thuringia capital, renowned for its preserved medieval city centre. Highlights include the cathedral with 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 who 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 three

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; the Bauhaus museum; van de Velde’s house in Belvedere Allee and his interiors for Nietzsche’s villa; and Gropius’s Expressionist ‘Monument to the March Dead’. Transfer to Dessau and check-in to the NH Dessau hotel for a two-night stay.

Day four

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 five

Morning departure to Berlin. In 1932, the Bauhaus in Dessau was closed by the authorities and moved to Berlin where it survived just six months. There will be a visit to the Gropius designed Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design, where there is an impressive collection of art pieces, documents and literature related to the school as well as external visit of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie, both of which were built post-war. Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London, with en-route tour of some of the city's most important post-war buildings as well as some if its most iconic sights including the Brandenburg Gate, Recihstag, Checkpoint Charlie and last remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall (time and traffic conditions permitting).

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 located within walking distance of the downtown area opposite the 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.

NH Hotel Dessau

The four-star NH Dessau is situated in the centre of the 'Bauhaus' City Dessau. The 151 spacious rooms have a bath/shower, air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV and modern point. The hotel also offers a gym with sauna, solarium and rooftop terrace and lounge bar.

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