Day 1: Depart Gateway City
Friday, September 21
Depart your gateway city to Frankfurt, Germany.
Day 2: Arrivals, Bauhaus in Erfurt & Weimar
Saturday, September 22
Arrive in Frankfurt and take a train ride to begin your adventure by exploring the Bauhaus presence in Erfurt. First, visit the 1929 house and workshop of Bauhaus weaver Margaretha Reichardt. After lunch, pass by the villa of Alfred Hess, a wealthy Jewish shoe manufacturer whose villa, filled with German Expressionist art, was a popular meeting place for Bauhaus artists and architects. Continue to nearby Weimar, where Walter Gropius founded the influential Bauhaus school of design in 1919. Finally, check into the Hotel Elephant before enjoying a welcome dinner. Accommodations: Dorint Am Goethepark Weimar
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Weimar Art Movements
Sunday, September 23
Begin exploring Weimar’s rich architectural landscape with an introductory tour highlighting several landmarks designed by Belgian architect and designer Henry van de Velde. After lunch, tour Bauhaus University Weimar and see the 1906 building designed by him. Step inside Walter Gropius’ Director’s Office, a jewel of modern interior architecture that was reconstructed in 1999. Continue to the Bauhaus Museum Weimar, which exhibits about 250 works by teachers and students of the Bauhaus school (1919-1933). Enjoy an independent evening.
Accommodations: Dorint Am Goethepark Weimar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Weimar/Jena/Gera/Dessau
Monday, September 24
Leave Weimar in the morning for Dessau. On the way, you will make stops in the cities of Jena and Gera. In Jena, take an owner-guided tour of Haus Auerbach, a Bauhaus home by Gropius and Adolf Meyer built in 1924. Then, visit Haus Zuckerkandl, another mansion designed by Gropius completed in 1929. Following lunch, walk through Gera’s main square, the Marktplatz, to see remarkable examples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Finally, explore the Schulenburg House, designed by van de Velde for textile miller Paul Schulenburg. The evening is at leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel NH Dessau Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Bauhaus Dessau
Tuesday, September 25
Start your day by visiting Dessau Bauhaus, built in 1926 and an instant icon of modernist architecture. Tour the campus, with exclusive access to the Director’s office, the Bauhaus stage, and the dormitory. Visit the auditorium, which features an expanded version of the geometrical, tubular ceiling lighting system that debuted in Gropius’ Weimar office. Then, visit the Dessau Törten Estate, Gropius’ Bauhaus community design commissioned in the 1920s to provide affordable housing after World War I. After lunch, view the Masters’ Houses, a suite of partly reconstructed residencies where famed Bauhaus masters lived. Drive to the modernist enclave Waldsiedlung Zehlendorf, one of Berlin’s most impressive ensembles of classic, Bauhaus-influenced design. Check in to your Berlin hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy an independent evening.
Accommodations: Melia Berlin Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Introduction to Berlin
Wednesday, September 26
This morning, set out on a walking tour in the heart of Berlin near Potsdamer Platz, renowned for its urban planning and remarkable contemporary architecture. Continue to Kulturforum, West Berlin’s equivalent to Museum Island. With its museums, concert halls, libraries and institutes, it’s considered one of Germany’s most important cultural sites. Before lunch, see the exterior of the Neue Nationalgalerie, a modernist “temple of light and glass” designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the third and last Bauhaus director. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Accommodations: Melia Berlin Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Bauhaus in Berlin
Thursday, September 27
Today, explore the Bauhaus presence in Berlin with a drive through Siemensstadt Ringsiedlung, a Bauhaus settlement designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Hufeisensiedlung, arguably the most iconic Berlin Modernism estate, a pioneering complex designed by legendary Bauhaus architect Bruno Taut. After a casual lunch, explore Berlin’s rich architectural diversity with a drive past several remarkable embassies that are nearby. The rest of the afternoon and the evening are at leisure. Accommodations: Melia Berlin Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Berlin Museums
Friday, September 28
Begin the day with a short architectural tour of the German History Museum to see I.M. Pei’s stunning addition to the original Baroque palace. Then, see the construction site of the Prussian Palace and learn about its controversial history. Walk to Berlin’s Museum Island, a repository of ancient art and architectural treasures. Begin with an exterior visit to Berlin’s cathedral and the Altes Museum, one of the best neoclassical buildings in Germany. Following lunch at 12 Apostel Berlin, visit the Pergamon Museum where architectural treasures of ancient Babylon, Greece, and Rome have been transported and rebuilt. Finish your afternoon tour with an architectural visit to the Neues Museum, renovated by renowned architect David Chipperfield. The rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodations: Melia Berlin Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Berlin Contemporary Architecture
Saturday, September 29
Set out for a special walking tour to the Reichstag that includes the incredible dome designed by Lord Norman Foster. On the way, see the banks and embassies around Pariser Platz, including the DZ Bank lobby designed by Frank Gehry and the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Lunch will be at the renowned rooftop Käfer Restaurant. Continue to the Federal Chancellery by Schultes Frank Architects, and the Paul Löbe House and Marie-Elisabeth Lüders House by Stefan Braunfels. Discover the new innovative structure of the Jewish Museum and tonight, celebrate a farewell dinner at one of Berlin’s fine restaurants. Accommodations: Melia Berlin Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Berlin/Departure
Sunday, September 30
Depart to the United States Meals: Breakfast