German World Heritage Sites

Bauhaus in Dessau and Weimar

Bauhaus in Dessau and Weimar
Photo: DPA
As the summer holidays approach, The Local is touring Germany's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today we turn our attention to the Bauhaus movement and its sites in Dessau and Weimar

The Bauhaus sites in Weimar and Dessau are the legacy of this famous school of architecture. One of the very first colleges of design, Bauhaus brought together the leading artists and architects of its time, including Paul Klee, Vassily Kandinsky and Lyonel Feininger.

Their design concepts united art and technology and broke new ground in a modern industrial culture. Bauhaus opened in Weimar in 1919, relocating to Dessau in 1925.

The “Am Horn” house in Weimar exemplifies this unique architectural style. Designed by Georg Muches, it was built in 1923 to illustrate the key Bauhaus concepts. The cuboid design and functional fittings of the Bauhaus building and the master houses in Dessau epitomise the ideals of this important 20th century design school. Both have been UNESCO-World Heritage sites since 1996.

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