Bauhaus - Design for Living

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17 Sep 2019 - 23 Sep 2019
Duration: 6 nights
Ref: BAUH19
With: Thomas Abbott


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Architect Walter Gropius launched the radical Bauhaus arts movement in 1919 in Weimar, Germany after the devastation of the First World War. Bauhaus brought together fine arts and crafts to create buildings and interiors for the modern age. Fine artists, including Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, taught alongside cabinetmaker Marcel Breuer and textile designer Gunta Stolzl in a unified, guild-style programme.

Gropius declared, “Let us together create the new building of the future which will all be in one: architecture and sculpture and painting.” In the centenary year of this influential movement, visit the two sites of the Bauhaus schools in Dessau and Weimar as well as modernist buildings in Berlin, influenced by Bauhaus. The Bauhaus influence rapidly extended across Europe and the US; it changed the way we live at home and at work forever.


Tom Abbott is an independent art and architectural historian. He graduated in Psychology and Art History at Carleton College, Minnesota, and studied at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris. He is a specialist in architectural history from the Baroque to the 20th. In 1987 he moved to Berlin leading tours mainly in Germany, specialising in the German capital.

DAY 1:

We fly from London to Berlin. Our coach will take us to Weimar to see the origins of the Bauhaus concept in the Haus Hohe Pappeln, home of the architect Henry van de Velde, Gropius’ predecessor at the Weimar art school. An introductory lecture on Bauhaus will be followed by dinner in a local restaurant. We stay two nights at the historic Hotel Elephant.

DAY 2:

Gropius founded Bauhaus in Weimar with a revolutionary programme combining fine arts, crafts, typography and architecture. After our walking tour of the town, a curator of the Bauhaus 100 centenary celebrations will lead an exclusive tour of the Bauhaus art school buildings and Haus am Horn (by special arrangement). This afternoon visit the new Bauhaus museum in Weimar opening in 2019 and the Neues Museum, with a collection of works from the early 20th century.

DAY 3:

This morning we see Walter Gropius’ Workers Memorial and visit the village church at Gelmeroda that inspired artist and Bauhaus lecturer Lyonel Feininger to paint it many times; one of these studies illustrated the Bauhaus manifesto. Drive to Jena to see the exteriors of Bauhaus buildings Haus Zuckerkandl and the Zeiss-Planetarium. We have an exclusive visit to the Haus Auerbach with the owner of this private house. This afternoon, discover the beautiful Art Nouveau Kassberg district in Chemnitz. Visit the Schoenherrfabrik arts centre in a converted textile mill for dinner. We stay one night at Hotel Chemnitzer Hof.

DAY 4:

This morning we have a walking tour of Chemnitz to discover the work of Erich Mendelsohn, who built the former Schocken department store. See the great collections of German Expressionist art in Museum Gunzenhauser, with work by Otto Dix and Alexei Jawlensky, and in Chemnitz Fine Arts Museum, with works by Max Beckman and examples of an early form of German Expressionism, the Brücke. Designed by Henry van de Velde in 1902-03, the Villa Esche embodies the modern with its ideal of the “total work of art”. After lunch at Villa Esche, drive to Dessau, past the former Zschornewitz power station, an imposing statement of new objectivity in architecture with its equally impressive worker’s garden village, Kolonie. We also see the the Törten Estate of affordable homes designed to maximise the elements of light, air and sun. We stay two nights at Hotel Fürst Leopold in Dessau with dinner at a Bauhaus restaurant beside the Elbe, the Kornhaus.

DAY 5:

We start the day with a walking tour of Walter Gropius buildings in Dessau, we will walk past the former job centre with a sweeping floating glass roof and visit the Bauhaus school that became the centre of the movement from 1925 until it was closed in 1932. Lunch at the Mensa canteen in the Bauhaus school. Gropius also designed homes for the school’s Masters, creating a unique artist’s colony expressing all the ideas of the Bauhaus. One of these buildings now houses the Kurt Weill Centre. Visit the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau due to open for the centenary for a guided tour.

DAY 6:

We depart early for Berlin via Potsdam to see the Einstein Tower observatory, built in German Expressionist style. Continue to Babelsberg, where the young Mies van der Rohe constructed some of his first houses. In Berlin, walk through the Zehlendorf District to see the station and Onkel Toms Hütte, a splendid example of the Weimar Republic Housing Estate designed in part by Walter Gropius. Visit Mies van der Rohe’s Haus Perl and Haus Werner for an exclusive tour. This evening visit Haus Lemke designed by Mies van der Rohe for a specially arranged tour. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in Berlin. We stay one night at the Henri Hotel.

DAY 7:

We have a city tour of Berlin to see the city highlights. This afternoon we drive past the Olympic Stadium on the way to Berlin airport for our flight to London.


Twin/double share: £2195 per person
Double room for sole use supplement: £200
Tour without flights cost: £1995
Deposit: £200 per person


  • Return flights with BA from London Heathrow to Berlin
  • Private coach transfers in Germany
  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4* Hotel Elephant, Weimar
  • One night’s bed and breakfast in the 4* Hotel Chemintzer Hof
  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast in the 4* Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold Hotel, Dessau
  • One night’s bed and breakfast in the 4* Hotel Henri, Berlin
  • Four dinners and two lunches
  • Guided visits to monuments and museums listed in the programme
  • Services of the Lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes & gratuities for coach drivers & waiters


The original Hotel Elephant dated to 1696 and eminent visitors include Thomas Mann, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Sebastian Bach and Richard Wagner. Many rooms have a Bauhaus influence and facilities include internet access, television, minibar, safe and air conditioning.


Hotel Chemnitzer Hof was built in 1930 with many original features still preserved. The hotel has a terrace overlooking the Theatreplatz, near to the opera house. The bedrooms have internet access, television, safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities.


The modern four-star Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold Hotel is located in the city centre overlooking a park on one side and theatre on the other. With a lounge and rooftop bar, outdoor dining area in summer, beauty and fitness centre. Bedrooms have internet access, television, safe and air conditioning.


The boutique four-star Henri Hotel is located near Berlin’s popular shopping street. Dating to the 1880’s the chic hotel has bohemian charm and vintage furnishings. Private lounges exclusively for hotel guests, offer complimentary German snacks most evenings.