Describing gardens and yards as “outdoor living rooms” may sound contemporary, but the Bauhaus philosophy saw gardens and the home as parts of one living “system”. The design principles for “out” were the same as for “in”, with glass windows and walls minimizing barriers. Even today’s gardens, with their hardwood decking, concrete paths and simple wire fencing reflect the simplicity of Bauhaus style.
But that is only one way of gardening. In BauhausLand, there are many more. In Weimar, the Old Town borders the delightful Park on the River Ilm, with its trees, promenade and planting. Half an hour from Dessau is The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. Dating from the 18th century, the design reflects the Age of Enlightenment and its English-style landscape garden was the first in mainland Europe. Then, there are the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Far more than just gardens, these are all about Mother Nature on a grand scale. Explore them all on foot, by bike, on horseback, or even by boat.
Did you realize that the Bauhaus colors are dominated by red, blue, and yellow? But what about green?
… learning about harmony in the landscape, architecture, and the fine arts at the palaces and gardens of the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. Did you know this is where the “Bauhausers” used to relax? If you want to proceed along the Bauhaus Trail, visit the Piesteritz factory settlement (garden city), Lutherstadt Wittenberg, which once housed more than a thousand factory workers.
… enjoying flora from all over the world at the egapark Erfurt. If you prefer a stroll along a river, we recommend the Park on the Ilm, closely linked with Goethe’s life and work, featuring sentimental classical and post-classical (romantic) styles. An hour’s drive from Weimar brings you to the historic Castle and Park Altenstein, a unique construction based on English models and perfected with impressive gardens.
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