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The Bauhaus relocated to Dessau after having to close in Weimar in 1925. Many famous artists were lecturers in Dessau in the following years, including Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, and Wassily Kandinsky.
The city of Dessau is a nature lover’s paradise. Even Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was moved by his visit to the city in 1778, saying: “As we wandered among the lakes, canals, and forests yesterday evening, I was deeply moved by the way in which the gods had allowed the Prince to create all around him a dream.” It’s also the hometown of one of LutherCountry's most recent "musical geniuses”: Kurt Weill. Born to a Jewish family in Dessau in 1900, Weill immigrated to the United States in 1935 and became a renowned Broadway composer. The Kurt Weill Center at the Feininger House offers a fascinating look into the life and works of the man who made such a major impact on American musical theater.
Although it originated in Weimar, Dessau is the city for Bauhaus architecture in Germany. Nowhere else can you see so many Bauhaus-style buildings in such close quarters. In addition to the famous Bauhaus building, Dessau is also home to five of the original seven Masters’ Houses designed by the legendary Walter Gropius. Their glass fronts are perhaps their most notable design elements, as are their strict adherence to the unification of form and function.
Just outside the city, travelers can lose themselves in the peaceful green oasis of the Garden Kingdom Dessau-Woerlitz. Designed in the late 18th century and nestled in the heart of the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve, this garden is one of the first and largest English-style parks in Germany. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000, this unique landscape is ideal for the active traveler, inviting visitors to enjoy the fresh air while walking, biking, horseback riding, or floating down the river on a romantic ferry ride!