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100 Years of Bauhaus
Paloma Villaverde de Rico

The year: 1919. The movement: Bauhaus. The country: Germany.
Next year will mark 100 years since the
founding of Bauhaus in Germany, which
turned design and architecture on its head
and was created, as founder and Bauhaus
director Walter Gropius said, to "create a
new society via art." In 2019, destinations in
Germany will pay homage to the avant-garde
Bauhaus movement through new museums,
exhibits and an array of wondrously whimsical
delights-an ideal time to book your
architecture, culture, design and history buffs
on a trip to this European destination.
As part of a Germany Travel Mart preconvention tour, I got a front row seat to what
travelers can expect when they visit next
year and immerse themselves in all things
Bauhaus-from its modern-style buildings
to its eccentric dancing style. I hopped from
Berlin to Dessau and on over to Weimar,
following the "Bauhaus Trail," as these were
the three original locations for the Bauhaus
colleges and where the movement flourished.
Comprising charming hotel stays, lovely
restaurants, and UNESCO World Heritage
sites, the Bauhaus Trail I followed in one
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corner of Germany makes for a perfectly
packaged vacation booking.

the concepts they established in the early part
of the 20th century still live on in 21st century
architecture and decor-think large windows,
glass brick walls, exposed concrete blocks and
Bernau (Berlin)
steel beams, as well as streamlined furniture.
The ghosts of Bauhaus (which translates to
The school, which is one of the only
"building house") were palpable as we walked
remaining buildings constructed under the
the halls of the ADGB Trade Union School
leadership of architect Hannes Meyer, who
in Bernau, located on Berlin's northeastern
succeeded Walter Gropius as Bauhaus director,
border amidst an urban forest. The school,
part of the Bauhaus UNESCO World Heritage offers guided tours of the complex that include
a plethora of background information on its
site, encompasses classrooms, a sports hall,
architects and planners.
a library, student common rooms, and six
Where to Stay: With its spacious and
apartments for teaching staff, and as we
minimalist-style rooms, the 124-room and
made our way through the school's hallowed
-suite Lindner Hotel Am Ku'damm is an
halls we took in many of the core tenets
ideal property. Steps away are an array of shops
that are so dear to the Bauhaus movement,
and eateries, and the onsite restaurant offers a
including simplicity in design; that form
generous breakfast buffet.
follows function; that materials should be
exposed rather than hidden within an interior Restaurant Pick: Kulturbrauerei was once a
place for brewing beer and is now a complex
framework; and that there's a connection
that's home to a variety of restaurants, clubs,
between the outside, i.e., nature, and the
a museum and a cinema. Within the complex,
interior. Travelers interested in this period of
we dined at the intimate Frannz Club, which
history-which followed World War I-will
is a club, a restaurant, a beer garden and a
appreciate how enlightened the Bauhaus
lounge. It's a lovely gem in this buzzy city.
designers, craftspeople and architects were as
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