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in celle

Baroque meets Bauhaus

Did you know that Celle is one of the birthplaces of the ‚New Building‘ movement?

Bauhaus architecture first emerged a good 100 years ago. Bold, rational and functional - that was the motto. It was precisely this special type of construction that the exceptional architect otto haesler brought with him to Celle at the beginning of the 20th century and developed the concept of Bauhaus here further. haesler was regarded as a pioneer and trailblazer of the .New Building’ movement. It was during this time that he gave momentum especially to the construction of residential buildings. His 7 housing estates and other buildings, built between 1924 and 1930, still shape the landscape of Celle today and are almost all still used in their original function.

The finest in Bauhaus Architecture

The Altstädter School or
The Italian Garden in Celle

There are surprisingly many places in Celle where the signs of the Bauhaus era can still be seen today. Even some 100 years after the various buildings and housing estates were constructed, they are still an integral feature of Celle’s town landscape.

Anyone who wants to follow in the footsteps of Bauhaus architecture should not miss the Old Town School. It is one of the ten most important buildings of the Bauhaus style internationally and is also affectionately known as the “Glass School” because of its numerous windows. It is still used as a school today and is probably otto haesler's best-known building.

The Siedlung “Italian Garden” Housing Estate should absolutely not be missed. Thanks to its cubic houses, striking flat roofs and the bright red and blue walls, this estate is pure Bauhaus.

Otto haesler designed other buildings and housing estates in the ‘New Building’ style in Celle, such as the Georges Garden Estate (Georgsgarten) or the Blumläger Feld. Through his work, haesler counts as one of the pioneers of Bauhaus architecture. His buildings are used by Bauhaus students and teachers as study objects.

  • Interested in Bauhaus and ‚New Building‘ architecture? Then please take a look at our website www.neuesbauen-celle.de. You’ll find comprehensive information about Bauhaus architecture in Celle and how you can experience Bauhaus locally at close range.

    The contents of the website are in German.

The otto-haesler circular route

On the trail of an exceptional architect

The digitally supported otto haesler circular route

Explore the otto Haesler buildings in Celle independently and at your own pace. On this approximately 4.5 km long circular route, you will pass a total of 8 important building stops, such as the Director's Villa, the Italian Garden and the Old Town School.

Digital support enables you to follow the trail with ease, with the relevant information on each respective building conveniently delivered directly to your phone via QR code. Simply scan the QR code with your mobile at the onsite information panel and you will receive additional information directly on your phone.

A flyer about otto haesler tours is available from the Information Centre. Or you can download the flyer directly here in English

The otto haesler Circular Tour

The director's villa on Magnusstrasse in Celle

The Director’s House

The house was originally designed for the director of the Ernestinum Grammar School.

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The Italian Garden in Celle with its blue-red cubes

The Italian Garden

This housing estate is essentially structurally unchanged and marks haesler's breakthrough.

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The Georgsgarten settlement in Celle

The Georgsgarten Housing Estate

This estate is considered to be the first in ‘linear’ design housing in the ‘New Building’ style

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Blumläger Feld with Haesler Museum

The Blumlager Feld Housing Estate

This residential group housing was haesler's last building project in Celle, affordable living…

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The otto haesler Museum in Celle

The otto haesler Museum

The museum shows original, preserved and furnished workers‘ Bauhaus apartments.

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The Altstädter School or

The Old Town School

It counts as one of the ten most important buildings internationally, of this architectural style.

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The Rector's residence in Celle

The Rector’s Residence

This building counts as one of the few examples of single residency homes by haesler.

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The Waack residential group

The Waack Grouped Housing

Otto haseler created two separate buildings of 14, 2-story apartments, for use by senior officials.

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Who was otto haesler?

Portrait of Otto Haesler
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The architect otto haesler (1880-1962) was a great master builder of his time. Today, haesler is regarded as an important exponent of ‘New Building’ during the Weimar Republic. In the 1920s he revolutionised school and social housing and achieved world fame with the inauguration of the Altstädter School (The Old Town School) in Celle.

From 1906 to 1933 he lived and worked in Celle where he developed the Bauhaus concept further, consequently incorporating it into the architecture of Celle.

Pure Bauhaus

Everything you need to know about Bauhaus in Celle

Discover the Bauhaus sights in Celle in a variety of ways. During a guided tour with our trained tour guides, either on foot or by bike, you will learn everything about the work of otto haesler. Or you can get on the Bauhaus train, which goes to the Blumläger Feld settlement a little further out. During the journey, you can listen in comfort to information and further details about the Blumläger Feld. The otto-haesler-museum is another highlight of your Bauhaus tour in Celle. You will see originally preserved and furnished museum apartments and really be able trace at close quarters what life and living here was like, during that time.

Insider’s Tip for your Bauhaus Tour

Kiess & Krause Cafe

The history of building where the Kiess & Krause café stands, goes back to 1871, when it was originally a cake factory specialising in a delicacy called ‘Baumkuchen’. In 1928, the architect otto haesler then created the main features of the café. Today the top floor is entirely dedicated to the Bauhaus architect otto Haesler, from photos of his buildings to the chessboard-style pattern that he so liked to use in his work. The beautiful, original seating alcoves from 1928 still invite you for coffee and cake today.

The Kiess & Krause coffee house on the Großer Plan