The Bauhaus movement revolutionized so much of everyday life. But BauhausLand has seen many great names, whose impact lives on. In music, think J S Bach, Handel and Franz Liszt; among writers and poets, Goethe and Schiller. In art, Lucas Cranach was the leading painter of the Reformation, led by his friend, Martin Luther. Educationalist Friedrich Froebel pioneered kindergartens; philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche still influences thinkers; scientists benefit from Carl Zeiss’ work on optics.
But history is all about how people live, work and enjoy themselves. And in BauhausLand, “yesterday” is part of “today”. Stroll around Quedlinburg, a ready-made film set for a medieval story. Tour the Wartburg fortress, which inspired – and still hosts performances of – Richard Wagner’s opera, Tannhäuser. In Erfurt, the Old Synagogue dates back 900 years; the hottest spot during the Cold War was the Point Alpha memorial, near Geisa; the Weimar Arts Festival is all about the culture of – right now!
Germany is rich in history. And so is BauhausLand. The German states Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia are both replete with authentic places attesting to times past. The Middle Ages, royals and kingdoms, famous people, or memorial sites: The choice is yours. If you are looking for more ideas on how to enjoy an authentic Bauhaus experience, alongside a host of historic and fun attractions visit us on Facebook. We want you to have a memorable vacation.
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… all the half-timbered houses in the medieval town of Quedlinburg (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here, the Lyonel Feininger Gallery on the Schlossplatz contains the most comprehensive collection of Feininger’s graphic works in Europe. Don’t miss it. Travel further and you will discover that Martin Luther’s presence can still be felt today, although he lived here five centuries ago: Walk in his footsteps and directly experience fascinating Reformation history while visiting the Luther Cities Wittenberg or Eisleben (UNESCO World Heritage Site), among others.
… and enjoy a day in the middle of LutherCountry. Spend some time at Wartburg Castle Eisenach, where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German in 1521. Sleep at the Augustinian Monastery Erfurt, an authentic Luther site, just like the Reformer. Visit the times of Wilhelm II, German Emperor and King of Prussia in the late 19th century, and explore the Kyffhäuser Monument on a hilltop. GoBauhaus: Take a trip in time!
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The world’s first modern organ was built in Halberstadt, west of Dessau, in 1361. Now, 639 years after the town’s organ was installed, John Cage, the late American composer, created Organ²/ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible), the world’s longest, slowest “concert”, which is performed at St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt,and will proceed for 639 years, ending in 2639. The performance began on 5 September 2001, the 89th birthday of the avant-garde composer and artist John Cage, with a seventeen month-long pause before the first tone of the organ, especially built for the performance of this piece, was to be heard. For detailed information, including the current tone (sound file) listen here.