An exhilarating, precarious tightrope walk between two World Wars, the years of the Weimar Republic — 1918 to 1933 — were a time of enormous artistic energy and bold freedom of expression in Germany.
In what is surely one of the exciting periods in the country’s history, Weimar — a small city of 65,000 in Thuringia — was not only the birthplace of the new republic but also the seat of a modernist revolution in art and design, with repercussions that would be felt around the world.
The Bauhaus art school — now Bauhaus University — was founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius and gave us artists such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.
Centenary celebrations will take place nationwide this year, with the “100 Years of Bauhaus” opening festival taking place in Berlin from January 16 to 24, but to see where it all began, head to Weimar’s Bauhaus-Museum, then hit the streets to soak up the atmosphere.
For this little town is a cultural heavyweight — in the late 18th and 19th centuries, it was the birthplace of German Classicism, giving us the writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller.
Composers Franst Liszt and Johann Sebastian Bach also made music here.
You’ll be tripping over UNESCO World Heritage sites as you wander through the town, from the Goethe House to Belvedere Castle.
Don’t miss: The Bauhaus Walking Tour, founded by students, meets at the Bauhaus Atelier café-shop in Bauhaus University.