Kamerlengo Fortress in Trogir

The fortress of Kamerlengo (Tvrđava Kamerlengo) was built by the Venetians in the 15th century as an extension of existing structures. The old town of Trogir has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997.

Saalburg in Bad Homburg

The Saalburg in Hesse is part of the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes which is also known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the reconstructed structures of a typical Roman fort, a museum tells about the life of the soldiers along the border.

Würzburg Residence

It was really a cold day when I took this photo of a frozen fountain on the grounds of the Würzburg Residence (Würzburger Residenz). The Baroque palace which was completed in 1744 is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm

Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm, also know as Garden Kingdom, is a landscape park in and around Dessau-Roßlau. During a walk, I get inspired by a park which was designed in the Age of Enlightenment. Since 2000, this cultural landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historic Cemetery in Weimar

The historic cemetery (Historische Friedhof) is part of the Classic Weimar World Heritage Site. Among many other personalities Johann Wolfgang von Goethe rests here in the Ducal Vault (Fürstengruft). Another notable burial ground of Weimar is the Jacobsfriedhof, which is considered the oldest cemetery of the town.

Houses with balcony access in Dessau-Roßlau

The houses with balcony access (Laubenganghäuser) were built in 1929/30 according to plans by Hannes Meyer. He translated his motto Volksbedarf statt Luxusbedarf” (People’s necessities, not luxuries) into a multitude of small apartments, which are connected to the staircase via an arcade.

Törten Housing Estate in Dessau-Roßlau

I saw the visit to the Törten Housing Estate with great expectations. The previously visited Bauhaus Building and the Master’s Houses were examples of an upscale architectural style. But what style did the Bauhaus movement use for simple family homes? In the streets of Törten, I found the answer.

Steel House (1927) in Dessau-Roßlau

The Bauhaus movement not only experimented with light and colours but also tested new materials. Can we build a house made of steel? Georg Muche and Richard Paulick made this idea a reality in 1926-27. The project did not prevail, the steel house remained in the world-famous Törten Housing Estate a unique piece.

Employment Office (1929)

Walter Gropius planned this building in the years 1928/29. Its former function as an employment office can still be read by a fading inscription (“Amt für Arbeit”). The building is an impressive example of how to align architecture to a process – in this case looking after job seekers.

Masters’ Houses (1926) in Dessau-Roßlau

After Walter Gropius founded the Staatliche Bauhaus in Weimar, there was little time left to mould his new ideas into a building. Just after his move to Dessau, he appears as an architect on a site of the Bauhaus School. Here, the four masters houses form an ensemble.

World Heritage sites in Dessau-Roßlau

Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites are to be found on the urban area of Dessau-Roßlau. The photo shows the Roman ruins of the Garden Realm of Dessau-Wörlitz known as the “Seven Pillars“. Between the pillars shimmers the reconstruction of a Trinkhalle, the original of which was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Oskar Schlemmer in Weimar

When Oskar Schlemmer was appointed to the Bauhaus in Weimar, he took over the management of the mural painting workshop, among other functions. Some of his works can be seen as reconstructions in the Van de Velde building. In the period from 1919 to 1925, this building was used as a workshop building of the…