TRAVEL TIPS FOR VIS­IT­ING BAUHAUS, GER­MANY

Timeless Travels Magazine - - GERMANY -

GET­TING THERE

Stuart trav­elled across Europe by train, us­ing an In­ter­rail ( www.in­ter­rail. eu) ticket to travel be­tween cities. Sev­eral In­ter­rail pass types are avail­able, in­clud­ing adult (aged 28+) and se­nior (aged 60+) passes, with va­lid­ity from three days within one cal­en­dar month up to three months. Passes for ei­ther first or sec­ond class travel are avail­able. Seat reser­va­tions are re­quired when us­ing In­ter­rail passes in Ger­many.

EU res­i­dents may use In­ter­rail tick­ets. Non-EU trav­ellers are not per­mit­ted to use In­ter­rail passes but can travel with a Eu­rail ( www.eu­rail.com) pass. The passes are ad­min­is­tered by the same com­pany but have dif­fer­ent tar­get mar­kets.

Eurostar ( www.eurostar.com) of­fers direct con­nec­tions from Lon­don St Pan­cras to Rot­ter­dam and Am­s­ter­dam.

Bri­tish Airways op­er­ates direct flights be­tween both Lon­don Heathrow (LHR) and Lon­don City (LCY) to Ber­lin Tegel (TXL). From Manch­ester, Easy­jet op­er­ates direct flights to Ber­lin Tegel. The du­ra­tion of flights be­tween UK air­ports and Ber­lin is around two hours. Delta flies direct from the USA to some Ger­man cities, while other air­lines, Norwegian and Air France, of­fer one-stop flights. Flights from Aus­tralia are not direct.

VISAS

UK pass­port holders do not re­quire a visa to visit Ger­many, which is in the Euro­pean Union’s Schen­gen Area.

MONEY

Cur­rency: The cur­rency in Ger­many is the Euro (€). €5, €10, €20 and €50 bank notes are widely ac­cepted. ATMs: Cash is ac­ces­si­ble via ATMs, which are avail­able in ur­ban ar­eas. Many busi­nesses ac­cept pay­ment by debit card but cash is still widely used in bars, cafés and shops for pay­ment. Credit cards: Are widely ac­cepted in hotels, shops and restau­rants.

THE ESSENTIALS

Time difference: GMT + 1

Lan­guage: Ger­man (English is spo­ken widely)

Water: Tap water is safe to drink.

Tip­ping: It’s fairly com­mon to tip about 10 per cent if ser­vice in cafés, bars and restau­rants is good. Round­ing the bill up a cou­ple of Eu­ros is also widely prac­ticed.

WEATHER

The best time to en­joy warm, dry weather in Ger­many is the sum­mer­time, from June to Septem­ber, when tem­per­a­tures can soar into the 30s

(in the mid-20s is com­mon). Even dur­ing sum­mer, the weather can be change­able.

Ger­many is ac­ces­si­ble through­out the year. Snow and ice tend to be fea­tures of Ger­man win­ters (De­cem­ber un­til Fe­bru­ary). The spring and au­tumn weather tends to be change­able.

GET­TING AROUND

It’s pos­si­ble to travel be­tween the Ger­man cities with Bauhaus sites by rail. The Deutsche Bahn ( www.bahn.com/ en) web­site pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about con­nec­tions and tick­et­ing op­tions. In Ber­lin ( www.ber­lin.de) a day pass for pub­lic trans­port in the city cen­tre (the AB zones) costs €7. An­other op­tion is the Ber­lin Wel­comeCard (www.ber­lin-wel­comecard.de/en), which in­cludes pub­lic trans­port and dis­counted en­try to selected tourist at­trac­tions for be­tween 48 hours (€20) and six days (€43). Weimar is a rel­a­tively com­pact city and Bauhaus re­lated sites of in­ter­est are ac­ces­si­ble by foot from the railway sta­tion. The Haus am Horn is roughly 15 min­utes’ walk from the Bauhaus Uni­ver­sity, which is 30 min­utes’ walk from the sta­tion.

In Des­sau, the route of the num­ber 10 bus is known as the Bauhaus Line. It de­parts from the railway sta­tion to points of in­ter­est re­lat­ing the cen­tury old art and de­sign school. Sin­gle tick­ets cost €1.70 while day tick­ets are priced at €5.

USE­FUL IN­FOR­MA­TION

The Ger­man Na­tional Tourism Board web­site (www.ger­many.travel) has in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to Bauhaus. The Stiftung Bauhaus Des­sau ( www.bauhaus-des­sau.de) web­site has in­for­ma­tion about Bauhaus build­ings in Des­sau. Fur­ther de­tails about things to see and do in the city are avail­able on the Visit Des­sau web­site ( www.vis­it­dessau.com). The Bauhaus Mu­seum Des­sau, a €28 mil­lion build­ing de­signed by ad­denda ar­chi­tects of Barcelona, is sched­uled to open on 8 Septem­ber. Weimar’s mu­nic­i­pal web­site holds in­for­ma­tion about the Bauhaus ( www. weimar.de/kul­tur/ve­r­anstal­tun­gen/ bauhaus-100/) and cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions. The Visit Ber­lin web­site has in­for­ma­tion about Bauhaus build­ings and events re­lated to the cen­te­nary of the Bauhaus’s foun­da­tion ( www. vis­it­ber­lin.de/en/events-100-years­bauhaus). Art Ber­lin ( www.art­ber­li­non­line.de) runs guided Bauhaus­themed ar­chi­tec­ture tours.

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Mu­seum für Gestal­tung ( www.bauhaus.de/en) in Ber­lin is be­ing ren­o­vated dur­ing the sum­mer of 2019.

“The­mindis likeanum­brella. It’smos­tuse­ful whenopen,” Wal­ter Gropius

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