Ensemble Bauhaushotel - Haus des Volkes
The "Haus des Volkes" in Probstzella is the largest and most comprehensive Bauhaus monument complex in Thuringia. It represents part of the history of the Bauhaus from 1919 to 1933 - the major college of architecture, design and art in the 20th century. Alfred Arndt is the architect of the building constructed by Franz Itting. Arndt spent a large part of his most productive creative period in Probstzella. This was the time when Hannes Meyer and Mies van der Rohe were directors of the Dessau Bauhaus. So the almost simultaneous work of Arndt in the Bauhaus workshops and in Probstzella meant that the "Haus des Volkes" building was both an indirect and direct field of action of the whole Dessau Bauhaus community. This is shown by the fact that the "Haus des Volkes" was presented as an example of Bauhaus work at the Bauhaus touring exhibition in Basel, Zurich, Dessau, Essen, Breslau and Mannheim in 1929/30.
Today the "Haus des Volkes" has awoken from its "beauty sleep" in which it dreamed away its years in the restricted zone along the former GDR border. The Bauhaus complex has been reconstructed in an exemplary fashion in recent years (including the colour design of the interior rooms and the Bauhaus furniture) and received the "German Facade Award". However, the Bauhaus Hotel is not a museum, since visitors can enjoy the "spirit of the Bauhaus" in the Culture Centre or the restaurant in the "Blue Room" and on the "Arndt Terrace”.