Great places to stay in BauhausLand
“What’s a Bauhaus hotel room like?” As the world marks the Bauhaus centenary, 2019 is a great time to visit BauhausLand, the tourism region named for the design movement that changed the way we live. As well as visiting, fans can stay in Bauhaus-influenced buildings. Head for the German states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia; check in – and sleep like a Bauhausler!
DESSAU Welcome to student life: sleep like a Bauhäusler
Emblazoned with the word BAUHAUS, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation complex is the No 1 destination for modern design enthusiasts. Extra special is staying in the Prellerhaus, one of Germany’s first-ever student dorms. Built in 1926, the 28-room building still offers an authentic student experience of the past: streamlined rooms, with washbasins, built-in furniture, plain beds and tables. But there are also stylish Martin Stam-designed steel-tube cantilever chairs. Down the hall are contemporary bathrooms and communal kitchenettes. Special are rooms themed for former Bauhaus occupants, such as Josef and Anni Albers. Hearty German breakfasts are served in the student café. Note: the Prellerhaus has no elevators! (Single rooms from US$45; double rooms from US $70; www.bauhaus-dessau.de/en/service/sleeping-at-bauhaus/booking-request.html )
PROBSTZELLA Off the beaten track
South of Weimar, Probstzella is important for its imposing “Haus des Volkes.” Designed by architect Alfred Arndt in 1927, this grand community center, Thuringia’s largest Bauhaus complex, even includes a hotel. Lovingly restored in 2005, the Bauhaushotel provides contemporary comforts, from modern tubs to thick towels. And the “Haus des Volkes”, built for workers 90 years ago, still has the cheerful Blauer Saal restaurant, a bowling alley, cinema and saunas. Offering rare video footage and interactive technology, a lively museum tells the building’s story, from Bauhaus days through World War Two and the Cold War (Double rooms from US$90 with breakfast; www.booking.com/Share-6a0WAD ).
WEIMAR The Steiner Connection
Bauhaus teachers, such as Wassily Kandinsky, were influenced by the philosopher Rudolf Steiner. In Weimar, Steiner lived in a handsome 18th-century house. Now a hotel, the Villa Hentzel is on – appropriately – Bauhausstrasse (From US$125; www.booking.com/Share-Kw1vro).
WEIMAR The “Goethe didn’t stay here” Design Apartments
Enjoy the 21st-century Bauhaus effect! With the witty name “Goethe didn’t stay here”, these contemporary vacation rental apartments were designed and decorated by Bauhaus University graduates. Close to the city’s attractions, this is a real insider tip (From US$110; www.booking.com).
MAGDEBURG Where art and architecture meet
In Saxony-Anhalt’s capital, compare century-old Bauhaus design with today’s avant-garde architecture. Finished in 2005, Magdeburg’s bright pink Grüne Zitadelle (Green Citadel) was Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s last project. This complex of homes, shops and cafés includes the artHOTEL. The 40 rooms have jazzy bathrooms, with Hundertwasser’s trademark colorful tiles (from US$100; www.arthotel-magdeburg.de/Hotel-Philosophie-EN ).
BAD BERKA: ON YOUR BIKE!
Bicycle steel tubing inspired Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer to create his famous chairs. And cycling is still a fun way to explore BauhausLand. From Weimar, pedal part of the Feininger Cycle Trail, dedicated to Bauhaus artist Lyonel Feininger; head off through the beech and spruce forest to stay in the spa town of Bad Berka. Here, the funky velo inn provides B&B accommodations for cyclists and hikers. Design highlights include eco-friendly (but comfy) beds, made by local carpenters, using no screws, bolts or nails! (www.booking.com)
MONEY & TIME SAVING TIPS
Use the Weimar Card and Thuringia Card for discounted admission to the region’s main attractions, and the WelterbeCard to explore the Heritage Region around Dessau. In Jena, get the JENA à la CARD.
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With 17 miles of white sand and beautiful blue waters, New Smyrna Beach, located on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, is a prime spot for families wanting to plan a getaway this spring. And with so many kid-friendly attractions, camps, and free activities, they’ll want to do more than just build sandcastles and splash in the surf (although we love that too!). Take a peek at some of the fun:
Marine Discovery Center: 5-Day Spring Adventure Camp (March 18-22) With pontoon rides, fishing, and arts and crafts, the kids will be too busy having fun to notice they’re learning about New Smyrna Beach’s wildlife and environment.
The Hub on Canal: Art Fun 4 Kids with Heather Pastor (March 13, April 10) Kiddos can channel their inner Van Gogh with an art class at The Hub on Canal. Instructor Heather Pastor teaches about famous artists, then children create their own masterpieces with a variety of mediums.
Surfin’ NSB: Ride the Waves: Little thrill-seekers will love a private family surf lesson from the pros at Surfin’ NSB. An instructor will bring boards right to your hotel or condo, so all you need to do is walk out onto the sand.
Turtle Mound River Tours: Set sail on a two-hour narrated tour of the Indian River Lagoon for a chance to see dolphins, manatees, and incredible views of Canaveral National Seashore.
New Smyrna Museum of History: Encourage a love for learning by exploring NSB’s interesting past through cool artifacts, models, and photographs. Kids will love the vintage boards and other local memorabilia in the surfing exhibit. Parents will love that it’s free admission.
Fishing Charters: Reel in the fun on the Indian River Lagoon with a local guide, like Captain Drew Cavanaugh of Florida Inshore Fishing Charters. From hauling in a prize catch to close-up views of local wildlife, a charter is a perfect way to spend a day on the water.
New Smyrna Speedway: Zoom zoom! Watch as stockcars and trucks vie for a spot at the finish line. Races are held weekly and children 11 and under are free.
New Smyrna Beach Escape Room: Older kids and teens will love this combo scavenger hunt and puzzle-solving activity. Participants attempt to escape from a locked room by deciphering riddles and puzzles. Choose from themes like “Alien Autopsy” and “Houdini’s Secrets.”
About the New Smyrna Beach Area
The New Smyrna Beach area includes the communities of New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Oak Hill, Osteen and Port Orange in east Central Florida. New Smyrna Beach is an eclectic mix of old and new; of subtle sophistication and bohemian soul that is as “real” as Florida gets. It occupies a notable place in history as the second oldest city in Florida, site of the largest single attempt at British colonization in the new world. In 2018, New Smyrna Beach celebrated its 250th birthday. The city’s barrier island is recognized worldwide for its incredible surf with Surfer magazine recently touting it one of the “Best Surf Towns in America” and National Geographic magazine including it in its “World’s Top 20 Surf Towns”. Accommodations range from charming bed and breakfast inns to family-size condominium units and oceanfront hotels. Natural attractions include 17 miles of sandy beaches from Ponce de Leon Inlet to Canaveral National Seashore and North America’s most diverse estuary – the Indian River Lagoon. Two distinct downtowns along Flagler Avenue and Canal Street and connected via the Waterfront Loop welcome visitors with independent restaurants, unique shops, artisanal coffee shops and art galleries.
For more information, please visit www.VisitNSBfl.com or call 386-428-1600. Follow @NewSmyrnaBeach1 on Twitter, Facebook.com/VisitNewSmyrnaBeach or @visitnewsmyrnabeach on Instagram for the latest news. Download the free New Smyrna Beach Mobile App for iPhone and Android to receive this information on-the-go.
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