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Trip to Weimar



Last weekend, members of the junior core course Berlin: Experiment in Modernity, and City for Citizens, took a trip to the historic town of Weimar. Though Weimar was small enough to wander and easily find our way back to the hostel, it was rich with more than 15 museums, with special attention paid to former residents Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. The trip was packed with tours and paid-for meals, but there was plenty of room to eat ice cream and be playful on top of that.

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Students on a guided tour of the Bauhaus University, where Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus movement in 1919. The buildings on campus were specially constructed to maximize the potential of student-art; indirect light sprinkles into the classrooms of painters, as direct light fills the classrooms of sculptors to promote more dynamic pieces. 

IMG_0014 IMG_0015 (1)The office of Walter Gropius, headmaster of the Bauhaus school.  Though aesthetically pleasing, this office was not completely functional, with an almost backless chair, and light bulbs an arm and a leg to replace.

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The dreamy stairwell in the Schlossmuseum––a former palace.

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Mirror-selfie in the Schlossmuseum.

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Encased iPhones led us through the home and exhibition of Wolfgang von Goethe.

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Third year (Bard in Berlin) Cason Hall in Goethe’s garden, where many students took a break to sunbathe.

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Third-year Sylvia Estes (aka Sylv, Bard in Berlin) explores Goethe’s candy-colored ceiling room.

Lucas McCrosson(third-year, Bard in Berlin) amused by loving couple on Goethe’s steps.

Lucas McCrosson(third-year, Bard in Berlin) amused by loving couple on Goethe’s steps.

Students pay tribute to victims of one of Germany's largest concentration camps, Buchenwald.  This plaque, engraved with the names of the countless countries from which the fallen originated, rests at 37°C, human temperature. Almost every student reached down to touch what I felt was a hauntingly realistic representation of an immortal body.

Students pay tribute to victims of one of Germany’s largest concentration camps, Buchenwald. This plaque, engraved with the names of the countless countries from which the fallen originated, rests at 37°C, human temperature. Almost every student reached down to touch what I felt was a hauntingly realistic representation of an immortal body.

Students tour former concentration camp, Buchenwald, on our final day.

Students tour former concentration camp, Buchenwald, on our final day.

Statue of Karl August, former Duke of Saxe-Weimar, stands in a square between the Furstenhaus and Duchess Anna Amalia Library.

Statue of Karl August, former Duke of Saxe-Weimar, stands in a square between the Furstenhaus and Duchess Anna Amalia Library.

 

 

 

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Goethe’s Bridge Room

Students learn of Weimar’s many influential residents (Bach included) in the sun during guided walking tour.

Students learn of Weimar’s many influential residents (Bach included) in the sun during guided walking tour.

 


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