Trinkhalle in Dessau-Roßlau

Trinkhalle in Dessau-Roßlau

Not far from the master houses in Dessau-Roßlau stands this reconstruction of a refreshment kiosk (Trinkhalle). The original building was designed in 1932 by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This was at this time director of the Dessau Bauhaus. The building survived World War II, but was demolished in the 1970s. [German]

We consider the building remarkable for two reasons. First, it brings to mind the old term Trinkhalle. These kiosks served an important purpose in providing workers with healthy drinks many years ago.

On the other hand, the size of the building does not correspond to the dimensions associated with the German term Halle (hall). On the contrary, it looks very small. It has the appearance of a kiosk, which actually it is.

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Seven Pillars in Dessau-Roßlau

Seven pillars in Dessau-Roßlau

The “Seven Pillars” (Sieben Säulen) represent an artificial Roman ruin in Georgium. Thus, an English-style landscape park in Dessau-Roßlau is called. Together with the Wörlitzer Park, this forms the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz”. The name of the building raises a question: why does it have eight pillars? [German]

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Salt from a 19th-century saline in Halle (Saale)

Salt produced in a 19th-century saline in Halle (Saale)

Halle’s early history relates to harvesting of salt. The names of the city Halle as well as the river Saale origin from old expressions related to salt. An appropriate souvenir from Halle (Saale) could be a portion of salt, produced with technologies of the 19th century in the Hallors and Saline Museum (Halloren- und Salinenmuseum).

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