Author Archives: Betsy

Bauhaus Industrial Design Is At Home In Dessau

When I thought “Bauhaus,” industrial furniture and geometric forms in primary colors came to mind. Now, when I think “Bauhaus,” I recall a red chicken coop that doubles as a bench. All are products of a school of design that … Continue reading

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Bach, Mendelssohn and the Gewandhaus Make Eastern Germany a Classical Destination

Johann Sebastian Bach may have brought me to eastern Germany, but after an afternoon at Felix Mendelssohn’s home and an evening of musical fireworks at the legendary Gewandhaus, I left realizing that the region is an incredible “Classical Destination.” In Bach’s … Continue reading

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Wörlitz Ist Jetzt Unendlich Schön

At Wörlitz, you’ll hear German being spoken, but you’ll swear that you’re in the midst of one of Capability Brown’s English landscapes, where undulating grass, serpentine lakes and ha-has frame a glorious country home. Leopold III, Duke of Anhalt-Dessau, loved … Continue reading

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In Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Weimar Home, You Can Find So Much That Is Good

As soon as 24-year-old Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published The Sorrows of Young Werther in 1774, it became an instant best-seller. The epistolary novel about a sensitive young man who takes his own life as a result of a love … Continue reading

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Duchess Anna Amalia’s Library Is One Of The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

In 1756, a 17-year old named Anna Amalia came to Weimar, Germany to marry Ernst August II, Duke of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach. When her husband died two years later, she became the regent of the small German state until her eldest son, … Continue reading

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See Hundreds of Antlers and A Million Feathers at Schloss Moritzburg

After years of anticipation, I finally stood at the end of an allée of horse chestnut trees and beheld Schloss Moritzburg. Duke Moritz of Saxony built this hunting lodge on an artificial island in a marshy region just north of … Continue reading

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Dresden’s Restored Green Vaults Display Thousands of Stunning Treasures

Ask residents of Dresden, Germany what they think about this world-famous city and they will likely tell you that it is getting more beautiful every day. Dresden is known for its picturesque setting along the Elbe River, its sumptuous architecture … Continue reading

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