In 1919, architect Walter Gropius founded the State Bauhaus in Weimar - an educational institution that became synonymous with an architectural style. The term Bauhaus is often equated with modernism in architecture and design. At that time it was something completely new because the Bauhaus brought art and crafts together. This year, the Bauhaus celebrates its 100th birthday. With this collection, we celebrate with you by presenting seven exciting and entertaining tours on which you can get to know the most important locations of Berlin Modernism.
Berlin's interesting architectural diversity awaits you. You will learn more about the history and architects of the Bauhaus such as Gropius, Taut and Mies van der Rohe and what Berlin Modernism is all about. Modernism has had a lasting influence on Berlin's cityscape. In 2008, six Berlin Modernist housing estates alone were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Numerous other buildings such as the Mies von der Rohe Haus, the residential buildings of the Hansaviertel and, finally, the Bauhaus Archive itself bear witness to the groundbreaking power of these ideas, which spread worldwide.
In Berlin, modernism is spread throughout the city: as a forward-looking form of housing in the six UNESCO settlements. As modern industrial architecture such as the AEG turbine hall. Or as the cultural memory of an art movement in the Bauhaus archive. From the beginning of the 20th century to the present day: the process of modernity with its social utopia is anchored in the cityscape. The city is particularly easy to discover by bicycle. You can cycle from one Bauhaus monument to the next stress-free, fast and very close to it - with our seven theme routes you get a great overview and can, depending on your time and mood, choose the right tour for you. You'll be amazed at how different your eyes are when you look at the city. We wish you a lot of fun!
This nearly 20-kilometer tour takes you through the beautiful green southwest of Berlin in the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, where you will successively leave numerous buildings of Berlin Modernism. In addition to the architectural journey of discovery, this round with detours in the forest Grunewald, the Krummen Lanke or the Schlachtensee but also a lot of space to relax. A cultural tour to enjoy!Let's start at the Botanical Garden, easily reached by the Berlin S-Bahn. From here you start directly on the edge of Grunewald, where two interesting museums are waiting to be discovered by you at the Kulturhaus Dahlem. Especially enjoyable is a walk through the sculpture garden of the Kunsthaus, from here you come to the Brücke Museum with Art of Expressionism.In the further course you can finally expect some typical buildings of Berlin Modernism. These included the Waldsiedlung "Uncle Toms Hütte", which was planned in the 1920s and 1930s by the architects Bruno Taut, Hugo Häring and Otto Rudolf Salvisberg, the houses of Perl and Werner by architect Mies van der Rohes and the house Lewin in the noble villa quarter from Zehlendorf, designed by Walter Gropius. You breathe in the spirit of Berlin's modernism almost by jogging - of course it's also worth stopping and examining the simple architecture in detail.During a short break at the idyllic Schlachtensee you can rest for part 2 of the architectural round. The Haus am Waldsee not only houses interesting exhibitions, you can also borrow an audio guide with twelve stations on modern architecture in Zehlendorf and get even deeper into the subject. On the way back, the huge campus of Freie Universität Berlin with its impressive Henry Ford building will be the last representative of the modern age for this tour - after that you will roll back to the starting point, the Botanical Garden.
Modernism has left a lasting mark on Berlin's cityscape. Particularly noteworthy are the Berlin housing estates, which were created at the time of modern times. A forward-looking form of housing - six of these settlements were therefore included in 2008 in the UNESCO World Heritage. These settlements and their special atmosphere can be optimally discovered on the bike. The four northern settlements you erradelst on this approximately 33-kilometer tour.Right from the start, you're right in the middle of the first highlight of the tour. This begins at the S-Bahn station Prenzlauer Allee, in the middle of the residential town of Carl Legien, whose green courtyards are characteristic of the design of the two Bauhaus representatives Bruno Traut and Franz Hillinger. From here you roll partly over the beautiful Mauerradweg to the White City. Even from a distance, the steel-white facades of the large housing estate in Reinickendorf welcome you.The next highlight is not far: In the English quarter in Wedding you reach the settlement Schillerpark. Here is a break in the adjacent Schillerpark, before you make your way to the large settlement Siemensstadt. The workers of the neighboring Siemens plants used to live there, which gave the settlement its name. Again, you recognize the many open spaces and green spaces that are typical of the settlement of Berlin Modernism. Interesting here are the names of the streets and squares: they were named after scientists and inventors who were important for the success of Siemens AG.The way back leads you through Charlottenburg to the shore of the Westhafen Canal and through Wedding back to Prenzlauer Allee. If you also want to discover the two large settlements in the south of the city, you can do that on this tour: komoot.de/tour/72245347.
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In the south of Berlin are two of the six Berlin housing estates, which were created during the Modern Age and which were included in the UNESCO World Heritage in 2008. This beautiful bike ride through Neukölln including a small detour to Brandenburg connects the two settlements together to a nice round of meadows, fields and great bike paths, which correspond to the course of the Great Wall cycle path over long distances.You start at the S-Bahn station Grünau, which can be reached from the center quickly and comfortably by S-Bahn. Here you swing on your bike and take course on the horseshoe settlement, which got its name because of its distinctive shape. The way leads there mostly over the wall path, which runs straight on this section over an excellently cultivated asphalt stripe along the Teltowkanals.Later, you can cool down in the shady Britzer Grünzug before you hit the wall path again. Meadows and fields on the left, Lichtenrade on the right, you now roll south. Past memorial stones and information boards and past a small dirt park for mountain bikers. Maybe you can watch a few bikers doing their airy maneuvers while resting yourself.It stays airy, if you continue to Schoenefeld. From the wonderfully quiet bike path you have a perfect view of the (old) Schönefeld airport, where you can watch the airmen take off and land, while in the background, on the grounds of the (new) airport, BER probably does nothing.Another quick look at the water buffalos, which actually graze left of the bike path and you have the last highlight in front of your destination: the garden city Falkenberg. Lots of greenery and the intense colors of the houses make for a special atmosphere, which you can soak up in peace. Because the S-Bahn station, from which you come back to Mitte, it is from here only a stone's throw.
This short tour starts in the middle of Berlin, leads you right through and ends here. In other words, you have enough time to take a close look at the city and its (architectural) features. Along the route there are endless little and big highlights waiting for you to take short or longer breaks. As speaks nothing at all: The nearly 17 kilometers short lap leaves enough air for various detours.You start directly at Potsdamer Platz. Here you can marvel at what has become of the former no-man's-land between East and West today. In the midst of the pulsating city flair you swing yourself on your bike. In the direction of the Spree you roll past the Holocaust Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate and the Academy of the Arts. From the bridge Friedrichstraße you can enjoy the view of the water, before the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation invites you to take an artful break.A little later, you will pass the Hackesche Höfe, which is ideal for a stroll and a relaxed change. Now it goes on to the German Historical Museum, where the magnificent baroque building of the arsenal and the modern new construction of architectural icon Ieoh Ming Pei are facing each other.On the way back you cycle past the building of the Berlin Chamber of Architects, which unmistakably draws your attention in the typical Bauhaus style. In the park at the Gleisdreieck you can take a small, relaxing break before you drive past the Bauhaus Archive back to Potsdamer Platz.
The Frankfurter Allee is the main character of this tour right through Berlin. If you ride your bike over the bike lanes to the side of the wide street with its impressive buildings left and right, you will feel what everything was built here in the 1950s: The Stalinallee - as the Frankfurter Allee was called from 1949 - was the prestige object of the GDR. It was to show that the GDR also has more to offer the working people than the capitalist West - not simple apartments, but real palaces! Critics have ridiculed this architectural style as a sugar confectioner's style.From today's point of view, we know that most of the once so magnificent houses would have long since been abandoned to decay, the entire street, which is now a listed building, would not have been extensively renovated after reunification. And so the whole street shines today in its original glory - maybe even a little bit more.Along the route, you will pass buildings that are reminiscent of West German buildings of the Berlin Modern Age. Between Strausberger Platz and Alexanderplatz, cultural buildings such as Kino Kosmos, Kino International and Café Moskau follow a similar, functional and functional style. It is worth stopping here to look at the buildings in peace, or to extend the break with a movie or a hot coffee.Then the route makes a turn to the west of Berlin. Passing the Siegessäule (Victory Column), you will cross the Tiergarten and then take a look at two monumental architectural works of Berlin Modernism: the Bauhaus Archive and the Neue Nationalgalerie. Then you drive via the Karl-Marx-Allee and the Frankfurter Allee back to the starting point of the tour.
In 1957, the International Building Exhibition in Berlin opened its doors. "Berlin is building today according to tomorrow's plans," wrote the time. In Berlin's Hansa quarter, they wanted to present a "residential district of the future". It was not someone who was commissioned to do this, but the stars of the architectural scene who stood for "new building," as the Weimar Bauhaus, for example, represented.Whether the then vision of living the future actually arrived, you can get a picture of yourself on this tour. Because you cycle on your bike through the Hansaviertel, which as a whole is a prime example of modern architecture and urban planning in the fifties in Berlin. Basically, you can stop where you want: you'll always end up in front of a building that today shows you how you imagined the city of tomorrow.That the architects of the time were not completely wrong, you will soon notice. After all, the buildings are still standing, inhabited and it is fun to cycle around the loose ensembles of houses with a lot of greenery.So that your bike gets a bit more "run out", we have attached a small sightseeing tour through Berlin after the drive through the Hansaviertel. You circumnavigate the Tiergarten and come past Berlin's sights again and again. Along the Spree you drive back to the Hansaviertel. There you can round off the tour in the Berlin Pavillon. In it was the entrance hall of the Interbau. Today, here's American fast food - almost symbolic of how times have changed.
This almost 35-kilometer tour is not a round trip, but takes you through the city: From the southeast in Treptow-Köpenick to the northwest in Tegel. True to the motto "Tempo und Technik", you follow monumental industrial monuments of the Berlin modern age.The Berlin S-Bahn takes you to the start of the tour: off you go at the S-Bahn station Schöneweide. You briefly cross the Spree, from where you quickly reach the first two impressive buildings of this "Architectur". The factory hall of the former National Automobile Society is considered a monument of modern Berlin industrial culture. As part of a guided tour, you can get to know it intensively and climb the Behrens Tower, from where you have a great view of the city.If you like, you can relax in the nearby Volkspark Wuhlheide. Or you continue straight away. Passing the cable factory Oberspree you cross the Spree again, maybe treat yourself to a delicious organic ice cream from the iconic vending car and then roll relaxed through the shady Königsheide. In a nutshell, as you roll through the streets of the city, heading for the next highlight of the tour, the old tarmac of the former Tempelhof airport is both impressive and idyllic. Here it is absolutely worthwhile to plan a break and enjoy the special atmosphere.Then it goes on. You drive through the middle of the city, on bike paths along large roads, but also through cozy parks and small secret paths. Passing the Tiergarten and the striking Victory Column you come to the Hansaviertel, where you can make a detour and discover all sorts of imposing (residential) buildings from Berlin's modern age (see tour komoot.de/tour/72532651).After crossing the Spree, it is not far to the AEG Turbinenhalle. The huge factory still produces gas turbines today. Standing in front of the impressive façade, you can guess why this building was so revolutionary at the beginning of the 20th century.Now the last industrial monument of this tour is waiting for you - and also this building was a novelty at that time. The Borsigturm is considered Berlin's first skyscraper. At the end of the tour you can stroll through the shopping center in the historic factory buildings of the former Borsigwerke, before you take the subway (stop Borsigwerke) back to the starting point of the tour or directly to Mitte.