The Bauhaus Dessau

Bauhaus Dessau

At the Bauhaus Dessau and the numerous Bauhaus buildings of the city of Dessau, you will immediately experience the beginnings of modern architecture.

In years 1925-1926 Dessau build the Bauhaus, the “Hochschule für Gestaltung” about 25 kilometers from Wittenberg. The main building of the university was designed by Walter Gropius, the then director, and is today regarded as a pioneer of modern architecture. The other Bauhaus buildings in the city are also regarded as a landmark for the architecture of th 20th century. Not least of all, the Bauhaus buildings in Dessau and Weimar were named UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites in 1996. Not only the buildings designed by Walter Gropius were historically significant, but the philosophy with which he led the Bauhaus was exceptionally progressive.

The Bauhaus Buildings in Dessau

Meisterhaeuser in Dessau
Foto: IMG (Bader, Michael)

The Bauhaus buildings are spread over the city and include, in addition to the master houses, the settlement of Dessau-Törten, the Kornhaus, Hausfieger, the Stahlhaus, and the historic Arbeitsamt. But probably the best-known building is the actual Bauhaus, the seat of the former university of design. The design by Walter Gropius, who moved the Bauhaus from Weimar to Dessau in 1925 and erected the Bauhaus building in 1926, contained some groundbreaking innovations in the buildings concept. Gropius systematically separated the individual building sections of the Bauhaus into function and designed them accordingly. Thus the workshop wing was provided with a glass curtain façade – one of the first examples of this construction. This was intended to represent a kind of freedom and to create a connection between inside and outside. The exterior walls of the building are plastered and predominantly lined with a bright paint, which stands in stark contrast to the rather dark window front. Gropius, too, uses the freedom and ease of the Bauhaus visually. Inside, the walls were painted in a special color scheme that underlines the construction of the building.

Opening Hours Bauhaus Building

  • daily from 10 am to 5 pm

Opening Hours Master's Houses

  • daily from 10 am to 5 pm

Opening Hours Bauhaus Museum

  • daily from 10 am to 5 pm

Admission fees

  • Single ticket: 8.50 € / 5.50 €, valid for one visit in one of the attractions (Bauhaus museum or Bauhaus Building or Master's Houses or Törten Consumption Building)
  • Combo ticket: 15.00 € / 11.00 € reduced, valid for all of the attractions

Guided tours in English

  • Bauhaus Building: Fridays 12 pm
  • Master's Houses: Fridays 1.30 pm
  • Törten Consumption Building: Fridays 3.30 pm

The principle of the Bauhaus Hochschule für Gestaltung

The construction of the Bauhaus building reflects the philosophy of the university, because here the building parts were specially designed for different disciplines of art, but were connected to one another. Thus, the arts were to be united under one roof so that they could complement and work together after the individual disciplines had been differentiated more and more in earlier times. A further premise of the university and its directors was that the artist is also always a craftsman at the same time. In this context, Gropius designed a large workshop wing in the Bauhaus building that documents the importance of the production workshops. Here the countless designs of the Bauhaus students were put into reality. Moreover, with this idea, architecture was at the center of teaching.

The Bauhaus today

Kornhaus in Dessau
Foto: IMG (Bader, Michael)

Even today the Bauhaus and the Bauhaus buildings in Dessau attract architects and tourists from all over the world. You can either look at most of the buildings alone or join one of the popular guided tours. In addition to the permanent exhibition "Workshop der Moderne" in the Bauhaus building of Gropius, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, founded in 1994, organizes regular special exhibitions, the annual Bauhausfest, concerts at the Bauhaus stage and much more. At the same time, the main building of the Bauhaus is used by Hochschule Anhalt for lectures. The workshop wing provides space for the training rooms of the Bauhaus Kolleg, a postgraduate program of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. In the years 2013, 2015 and 2019, the anniversary of three major milestones of the Bauhaus are celebrated with the Triennale der Moderne. You can participate in numerous events, lectures, discussions and much more in the Bauhaus cities of Weimar, Dessau and Berlin.