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Bauhaus, Dessau. Photo courtesy: Neil Stapleton, Flickr

C20 Holiday Stays

Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany

Sleeps: 1-2


Architect: Walter Gropius

Double and single rooms

Stay overnight at the Bauhaus, a World Cultural Heritage Site.


Recommended by: Matthew Woollven: “The Bauhaus in Dessau offers accommodation in the old studio block. We stayed there a few years ago whilst backpacking round Germany. It’s also really reasonably priced.”

Background to the building: When Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in 1919, he established a school of design which still inspires today. It was only active for 14 years: as the “State Bauhaus” in Weimar, as a “school of design” in Dessau and as a private education institute in Berlin. It evolved out of the arts and crafts movement and art school reforms. Its ideas had an impact well beyond the school itself, its locations and its time. The seven years of the Bauhaus in Dessau (1925–1932) are regarded as the heyday of the movement with most of the Bauhaus buildings being located here: the Bauhaus Building, the Masters’ Houses, the Dessau-Törten Housing Estate, the Kornhaus, House Fieger, the Steel House and the Employment Office. Visitors can stay in the recreated studio building, originally completed in 1926 and also known as the Prellerhaus. The name was adopted from the studio building in Weimar and commemorates the court painter Friedrich Preller. A succession of the most renowned figures of the Bauhaus era lived and worked in the 28 studios, each of which measures around 20 m2. Everything from the floor plan and the materials to replicas of the original furniture has been returned to its original state in meticulous detail. Some rooms evoke their former inhabitants by virtue of the furniture designs: selected rooms are currently dedicated to the Bauhauslers Alfred and Gertrud Arndt, Josef and Anni Albers and Franz Ehrlich.

Read more about the Bauhaus in Dessau here.


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