And with good reason, as Walter Gropius brought the Bauhaus school to Dessau in 1926. The main building for the Bauhaus school is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the same goes for the houses Gropius designed for the school’s teachers. And yet another UNESCO site is the magical Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm.
Dessau-Törten Housing Estate by Walter Gropius (1926–28) During the Weimar Republic there was an acute shortage of affordable housing. Overcoming this shortage called for the involvement of the public sector in order to provide affordable housing under the premise of ‘light, air and sun’ for a large share of the population.
And yet another UNESCO site is the magical Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm. Much older, this is a string of English parks and palaces initiated by the Duke of Anhalt-Dessau in the 18th century. Among these refined properties were the first English Parks and the first Neoclassical palaces in the German-speaking world.