Unesco-Welterbe Zollverein, Essen, © Jochen Tack

Guided tours and routes

Whether if it's in the Lower Rhine region, the Ruhr Area, Siegen-Wittgenstein or Düsseldorf - you can discover Bauhaus with guided tours and routes in North Rhine-Westphalia.
To mark the Bauhaus centenary, a large number of guided tours and round trips are being offered in North Rhine-Westphalia. Frequently, a guide takes groups to relevant locations and buildings or through exhibitions. However, some routes can also be experienced independently.

Mies van der Rohe, Straßenansicht Verseidag, Krefeld, © Mies van der Rohe Business Park 2018

Lower Rhine


Mies van der Rohe Business Park
The HE building, a building for menswear linings, of the former Verseidag company in Krefeld, was built according to plans by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as his sole industrial building after 1931. In May and June 2019, a “Mies im Westen” (Mies in the West”) exhibition will be shown here, in which the building can be visited.

Haus Lange and Haus Esters
In Krefeld, visitors can participate in group guided tours and find out more about the architecture of the Lange and Esters villa ensemble by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which is one of the architectural highlights of the “new building” in Germany. The tour passes through the original kitchen into the gardens.

Mapping Bauhaus: a digital architecture guide
A digital architecture guide tells the story of the modern era in Krefeld. This online guide will illustrate the architectural, social and industrial history of the former silk town of Krefeld with reference to notable or typical buildings. A large amount of background information, maps and images will be available online. The tour stops along the way at Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s factory owner villas, Haus Lange and Haus Esters, his dyeing factory and “HE building” owned by the form Verseidag company, as well as Krefeld city hall. The southern wing was designed by Hans Volger, head of municipal planning, and a former student of the Bauhaus.

In a traditional train to the avantgarde
The rolling symbol of Krefeld, the “Schluff” steam train, connects the traditional and modern along its route. The track runs from the historic Nordbahnhof station past the Mies van der Rohe Business Park to the “am Hülser Berg” local green space, which not only has unspoilt nature, the Wood Art Gallery, the wild animal enclosure and the Hülser viewing tower to offer, but also has exciting architecture, such as the Haus Heusgen.

To mark the 100-year Bauhaus anniversary, a carriage in the traditional train has been reserved for architecture enthusiasts every 3rd Sunday from May to September. There is also a specialist guided tour through the Verseidag “HE building”, the only industrial building in Europe designed by Mies van der Rohe, and what is now the Mies van der Rohe Business Park.

Bauhaus and Industry: guided tours in the pavilion by Thomas Schütte
Private individuals, companies and training facilities from the industry still employed Bauhaus artists after it was closed in 1933, who were officially denounced by the Nazi regime as “degenerate”. This network of artists, industrialists, associations and cultural and training institutions withstood the Nazi dictatorship and the Second World War and lasted until the 1960s. For the first time, “Bauhaus and Industry” in Krefeld pays tribute to this hitherto unknown chapter in the history of art and industry, with an exhibition and documentary films based on new research findings. The exhibition can be seen in the walk-in sculpture “Pavillon” by the artist Thomas Schütte. There are guided tours every Friday and Saturday at 5pm, every Sunday at 3pm and by arrangement, from April to October.


Villa V
The Villa V is one of the first buildings of the “Neues Bauen” (“new building”) movement and was built in 1931/32 by the architect Bernhard Pfau for the entrepreneurial Kaiser (“Kaiser’s Kaffee” coffee) family. As well as group guided tours every Wednesday, it is also possible to stay overnight here.

Hohenhof, Hagen, © Tobias Roch

Ruhr Area


Zollverein architecture past and present
The Zollverein Unesco World Heritage Site, built by architects Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer, is an outstanding example of the use of a Bauhaus design concept in an overall industrial context. This new objective architecture, which was influenced by Bauhaus, is presented in the context of the architecture of the modern era on this guided tour.

New objectivity, Bauhaus and the Zollverein architecture
The new objective architecture of the central shaft systems of Zollverein XII, which was influenced by Bauhaus ideas, not only won the Zeche Zollverein colliery the reputation as being the “most beautiful colliery in the world”, but was also the basis, in 2001, for the decision by Unesco to include the Zollverein colliery and smelting works in the list of world heritage sites as the “Zeche Zollverein industrial complex”. The special guided tour sets the new objective Zollverein architecture in the context of the architecture of the modern era, while also focussing on the influence of the Bauhaus on the building complexes of the Schachtanlage XII shaft system.

Folkwang idea and Bauhaus100 
While the Folkwang idea originated in Hagen, with the death of the collector Karl Ernst Osthaus and the relocation of his collection to Essen, it became the “Folkwang city”. Buildings still stand in testimony to the Folkwang idea today, and show personal interconnections between Folkwang and the Bauhaus. Important names are: Otto Bartning, Hannes Meyer, Josef Albers and Oskar Schlemmer.

Essen erbaulich
Well-known architects such as Georg Metzendorf, Edmund Körner, Fritz Schupp, Martin Kremmer and Otto Bartning left a large number of impressive architectural monuments in Essen. The architectural highlights passed during the bus tour include the Zeche Zollverein Unesco World Heritage Site by architects Schupp and Kremmer, and the resurrection church designed as a round structure by Otto Bartning.

Modern-era architecture in Essen 
Whether as a digital guide or a guided tour, on the “Architekturroute der Moderne” (“Architecture route of the modern era”), visitors can discover former and still existent buildings from the 1920s and 1930s and obtain background information on the locations and important individuals. The focus is on the connection with the Folkwang idea and the Werkbund and Bauhaus concepts.

Werkbund, Bauhaus, new objectivity!? – Architecture of the modern era in Essen 
The focus of the guided tour is on the “new objectivity” style and on architects who have a biographical or artistic connection to the Bauhaus, the Werkbund and Folkwang. Relevant buildings such as the Zeche Zollverein Unesco World Heritage Site and important locations such as the former site of the Villa Henke by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are included on the tour.

Margarethenhöhe colony in Essen
In 1906, work began on the construction of the Margarethenhöhe colony in the south of Essen, founded by Margarethe Krupp. The aim was to create low-cost housing for employees and staff of the Krupp Group. It was designed by the architect Georg Metzendorf. Visitors can book various tours through the colony, into a sample apartment and the “Small studio building”.


Bauhaus vordenken: the history of the Osthaus Museum
The Museum Folkwang, which was founded in Hagen by Karl Ernst Osthaus in 1902, quickly became famous as the first museum worldwide for contemporary and modern art. In the interior rooms designed in the art nouveau style by Henry van de Velde, works of art from different eras and cultural circles were organically presented together. Osthaus not only pursued the goal of merging art with life with this unusual exhibition concept. The Osthaus Museum collections offer an insight into different aspects of the museum’s history.

Bauhaus vordenken: Hohenhof and Stirnband 
the patron of the arts and cultural reformer Karl Ernst Osthaus had inaugurated his private Museum Folkwang in Hagen, he founded the Hohenhagen artists colony in 1906. Osthaus arranged for the house in which he lived, the Hohenhof, to be built by the Belgian artist and architect Henry van de Velde, who also designed the interior. On the “Am Stirnband” road, the Dutch architect J.L.M. Lauweriks built nine houses based on a system principle that he himself had developed. A public guided tour leads to the former building where Osthaus lived and to the houses on the Stirnband.

A model standard for worker colonies: the Riemerschmid House
In around 1907, the Hagen textile workers would see their dreams come true in the form of a separate, small house with a vegetable garden. In 1905, Karl Ernst Osthaus brought the participants of a conference on “worker welfare facilities” to Hagen and as a result was able to procure a building order for the artist and architect Richard Riemerschmid. From 1907, he began building the “Walddorf colony”, with eleven houses. During the public guided tour through house no. 17, visitors gain an insight into the lives of the workers during this time.

Gropius’ architectural model: the prayer house by Eduard Müller
The first crematorium facility in Prussia was built in Hagen, by Peter Behrens, who later became world-famous as the AEG designer, who was a trainer, pioneer and model for many participants in the Bauhaus movement. During the guided tours on Wednesday, there is a circular walk, after the visit to the prayer house, to the graves of well-known figures, such as the politician Eugen Richter.

Objectification in cemetery culture - the Buschey cemetery
From historicism to art nouveau to the modern era - each period has left its traces in the cemetery, which was officially opened in 1810. Some graves are even of great artistic value, such as those designed by Georges Minnes and J.L.M. Lauweriks.

Landhaus Ilse, Burbach, © Gemeinde Burbach



Landhaus Ilse – a Bauhaus jewel in the country
Landhaus Ilse was designed and built in 1924 as a guesthouse by WAG Westerwald-Brüche AG by director and engineer Willi Grobleben. It is named after Grobleben’s daughter Ilse and had the same design as the “Haus am Horn” Unesco world heritage site in Weimar, which was built in 1923 during the first Bauhaus exhibition according to a design by Georg Muche. The Landhaus Ilse is now owned by the Burbach municipality and is a listed building. Guided tours through the house are offered every last Monday of the month.

Neuer Stahlhof, Düsseldorf, © Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH


From the modern era to the future – Architecture icons in Düsseldorf 
The architecture walking tour covers works by famous master builders such as Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Helmut Hentrich and Daniel Libeskind, who have made a decisive impact on the architectural appearance of Düsseldorf. Stops along the way include the Neue Stahlhof from the 1920s, the Kö-Bogen arch and the K20 Kunstsammlung NRW art museum, which has been designed like a concert grand piano. During the tour, the guides point out unique motifs that are of particular interest for Instagrammers.

North Rhine-West­phalia cel­eb­rates the Bauhaus cen­ten­ary

Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Gartenseite, © Volker Döhne, Kunstmuseen Krefeld

Krefeld per­spect­ives

Hohenhof in Hagen, © Simon Erath

Ha­gen im­pulse

Peter-Behrens-Bau, Oberhausen, © LVR-Industriemuseum, Andreas Schiblon

Over­view of ex­hib­i­tions

Unesco-Welterbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen, © Simon Erath

'Essen­er Auf­bruch'