Bauhaus Dessau and Masters’ Houses

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996

Bauhaus Dessau

In the first decades of the 20th century, the thriving industrial city Dessau by the River Elbe provided a fertile ground for new ideas in modern architecture. So it came to pass that in 1925/26 Walter Gropius had the Bauhaus building constructed here as a “university of design” thereby laying the foundation stone for modern construction. Renowned artists including Kandinsky, Feininger, Schlemmer and Moholy-Nagy came to Dessau to teach at the Bauhaus which had quickly become famous. In honour of the Bauhaus Masters, Gropius designed the legendary residential Masters’ Houses, to which the new Masters’ Houses were added in May 2014, designed by Bruno Fioretti Marquez. Other important buildings from Gropius’ time include the Törten Estate, the Steel House, the balcony access houses, the former Employment Office and the Kornhaus.

The Bauhaus building and the Masters’ Houses have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.


Upcoming Events


annual theme: substance


Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making
Bauhaus building, 13th April 2017 – 7th January 2018

smart materials satellites
Steel House, 13th July – 22nd October 2017

Bauhausfest - Art and Party in Dessau
1st / 2nd September 2017



Bauhaus Centenary


Bauhaus building Dessau

The Bauhaus, founded in Weimar in 1919 and moved to Dessau in 1925, takes a major role in the history of 20th century culture, architecture, design and art.

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Masters' Houses

Masters' Houses

Only a few minutes walk away from the Bauhaus building, you will find the Dessau Masters’ Houses designed for their first occupants to live and work in - the famous Bauhaus Masters Kandinsky, ...

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Törten Estate

Törten Estate

Get in touch with the history of the experimental settlement Törten, designed by Walter Gropius, by visiting the permanent exhibition in the Konsum builing.

Opening times | Admission:

Information Centre Törten (located in the Konsum building):
Tue-Sun 11am-3.30pm | 3,00 € admission fee

Architecture Tour:
Tue-Sun, 3.30pm | 5,00 € a person plus ticket fee

Historical Employment Office

Historical Employment Office

The former Employment Office, built in 1927/28 by Walter Gropius, is today Dessau's Department of Motor Vehicles.

Opening times | Admission free:

Mon 8am -12am,
Tue 8am – 12am & 1.30pm - 5.30pm,
Thu 8am -12am & 1.30pm - 3.30pm,
Fri-Sun closed

Guided tours: Reservation: Bauhaus Dessau Foundation,
Phone +49 (0) 340 6508251,

Kornhaus Restaurant

Kornhaus Restaurant

The Kornhaus, built in 1929/30 according to the plans of Carl Fieger, is still a popular destination because of its amazing view on the river Elbe. Have your meal right next to the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve!

Opening times:
11am – 12pm daily

Steel House

Steel House

The Steel House, completed in spring 1927 during the first phase of the construction of the Törten Estate, was built as an experimental building of the Bauhaus Masters Georg Muche and Richard Paulick. Today, the house is used as an information centre for the Törten Estate.

Guided tours:

The Steel House can be visited during a guided tour (Architecture Tour) provided by the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

Tue – Sun 3.30 pm

Balcony Access Houses

Balcony access houses

The balcony access houses by Hannes Meyer (1930) were built to propose affordable housing to the poorer employees in Dessau. A reconstructed apartment of the building in Peterholzstraße 40 can be visited during a guided tour.

Guided tours:

Architecture Tour, Tue – Sun 3.30 pm