TRAVEL TIPS FOR VISITING BAUHAUS, GERMANY
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.
UK passport holders do not require a visa to visit Germany, which is in the European Union’s Schengen Area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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