Saturday, October 20 - Dessau and Travel to Berlin

We left Weimar at 8 and got to Dessau by 10:30 for a visit to the Bauhaus. It had left Dessau in 1925 for Berlin and closed in 1932. The original Dessau building was damaged in the war and restored in 1976. It is operated by a foundation now and has been in use for a one year college for architecture since 1999.

We were guided around the buildings by a young American student who did a fine job. Some of us even got the chance to try out the Marcel Breuer "Wassily" chair. After that we went on to the beautifully sited Restaurant Kornhaus which was designed by a Bauhaus architect. Very plain streetside but with a terrace overlooking a river.

After lunch we drove to a collection of residences that had been built for Gropius and other members of the Bauhaus faculty, including Feininger, Kandinski and Klee. These were interesting and we visited several of them. It was in a very pleasant residential neighborhood.

Then we continued on our way to Berlin for another couple of hours, arriving at the Hotel Mark about 6. Altogether the drives that day had been interesting, including some very long tunnels on the new road which had been built since the reunification of Germany. The Hotel Mark on the Meinekestrasse is very nice and is located just off the Kurfurstendam. We had dinner at the Kromach restaurant nearby and a short orientation walk after that.

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