6-day trip Berlin & Bauhaus

We will be travelling to Berlin and Dessau! We will travel to and from Berlin by train. Art and architecture historians Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp will then guide you through the art, culture and architecture of this much-motivated city, including a day trip to Dessau to be immersed in Bauhaus!


Berlin is grand and alternative, in a pure and raw way that makes the city incomparable to any other. Behind every street corner lurks an impressive history, while at the same time - since the Wende - the city is being renewed at lightning speed. Berlin's architecture is characterised by a confusing but exciting mishmash of stately old buildings, crumbling flat blocks, GDR architecture, as well as extraordinary contemporary projects by architects such as Koolhaas, Foster, Nouvel and Libeskind.


The programme naturally includes walks along the typical Berlin Reichstag (whose dome we will visit with a drink there), Brandenburg Gate, the Unter den Linden, Hackesche Höfe, Kurfürstendamm (where we will sleep) with the Gedächtniskirche and the Eastside Gallery. We pay ample attention to GDR architecture (and inspirations such as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Gropius) with the Fernsehturm, Karl Marx-Allee and Alexanderplatz and the typical East Berlin Plattenbau, as well as more contemporary new-build projects including the controversial Humboldt Forum on the site of the former Stadtschloss, the later Palast der Republik and Koolhaas' Dutch Embassy.


Berlin is buzzing when it comes to art and culture: overwhelming collections in many museums and hip contemporary galleries. On this trip, you will visit the Gemäldegalerie with Hanneke, featuring masterpieces by European masters such as Van Eyck, Dürer, Botticelli, Titian and Caravaggio. With Yvonne, visit the Neues Museum on the Museum Insel. There, we look at both the impressive collection - Nefertiti ! - and the magnificent building; an originally Neoclassical creation that would come out of World War II badly damaged and was beautifully restored by David Chipperfield after the Wende. We also visit two special private collections, including the Sammlung Boros; contemporary art housed in a massive above-ground bunker from World War II.


In between, we also take a trip by coach to Dessau to visit the Bauhaus. Industrial aesthetics at its best! In 1919, the now iconic school for artists, architects and designers was founded in Weimar, before moving into the new modernist Bauhaus complex in Dessau in 1926. We visit the Bauhaus Academy designed by director-architect Gropius, the Bauhaus restaurant Kornhaus for lunch and the Meisterhäuser designed for teachers such as Kandinsky, Klee and Moholy-Nagy.


Teachers: Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp
Travel dates: Sunday 14 April to Friday 19 April 2024
Times: Train leaves Amsterdam on Sunday at 07.59. Boarding is also possible in Hilversum, Amersfoort, Apeldoorn, Deventer and Hengelo. On Friday, the train arrives in Amsterdam at 20.00.

Travel fee
: €1245,- p.p. if you register before 15 January 2024.
€1295,- p.p. when you register afterwards.
Single room supplement €295,- p.p.

N.B. There will be a lot of walking during this trip, participants should take this into account. There is room on this trip for a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 34 participants. The trip is organised in collaboration with Labrys Reizen and will be led by two art historians Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp.


The trip price includes:

  • Train journey Amsterdam - Berlin v.v.
  • five hotel nights in Berlin, including breakfast, in a centrally located hotel.
  • all entrances to sights, museums, galleries etc. in accordance with the programme
  • Day excursion by coach to Dessau
  • Public transport card for Berlin for 6 days (zones A and B)
  • expert tour guide by art historians Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp
  • use of whisper sets (audio system) during the stay
  • Berlin tourist tax
  • Joint dinner on first evening
  • Joint drinks with snacks at the Reichstag
  • Joint lunch at Kornhaus Dessau

The trip price does not include:

  • other lunches, dinners, drinks and possible insurances
  • Labrys administration fee € 27.50 per booking
  • obligatory Calamity Fund contribution of € 2.50 per booking/invoice
  • compulsory contribution SGR Guarantee Fund of €5 per participant

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Lecturer of this course

Hanneke Lenders

Hanneke Lenders

Art historian Hanneke Lenders is one of KLU's lecturers as well as its manager. Her specialism is originally in early Christian art and late medieval prayer books, but over the years she has added other loves such as Mondriaan and modernist architecture. Hanneke teaches several courses for beginners such as the course Introduction to Art History. So she is the one who will guide you through the whole history of art.