Taut's Home, a Museum with 1920s splendor
Awarded UNESCO World Heritage, the Hufeisensiedlung ('Horseshoe Estate') is an outstanding example of the reform-orientated public housing programmes of the 1920s in Europe. Its name describes the shape of the impressively curved structure – surrounded by idyllic townhouses and embedded in a suburb that feels urban and rural at the same time. In addition to the overall atmosphere and experiential aspect of the ‘total Taut’ environment, the House includes original and restored vintage furniture dating from the Bauhaus era..
Taut’s Home is probably the most outstanding example of innovative German town planning during the early 20th century modernism. The semi-detached row house with garden is closely linked to the heart of vibrant and creative German capital Berlin. The house is a tribute to the Bruno Taut, the perhaps most influential architect of the 1920s in Berlin. Completely restored with great attention to detail from sourcing Taut’s bold and contrasting original colours to using traditional restoration methods and materials where possible, the property is a way of experiencing the heady euphoria of those time.
Awarded the renowned European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, the property is characterized by the typical slogan of 1920s modernism, proclaiming 'light, air and sun' for everyone. The front yard of approximately 2152 sq. ft. (200m2) has been restored according to the original blueprint with a small terrace, a number of fruit trees, lilac bushes and a hedge of wild roses. In sunny days, take a sit and smell the flower, relax or unwind in the hammock, or pick some fruit in the garden.
But not only the garden is a charming place to sit. Inside, there are many spots to discover numerous little details, relax and experience one of the world’s most influential residential concepts which survived WorldWar II and reapeared in the concepts of mid-century modernism and International style. And when winter comes the best place to sit is close to the fireplace picking a good book.
Thanks to its clever layout distributed over 2 floors, the property offers different living areas, each characterized by a color. The two-and-a-half rooms, the fully equipped kitchen, the bathroom will fit nicely into 65 sqm plus a full basement with washing facilities. On the ground-floor, the well-equipped kitchen is a replica from another famous housing development by the same architect, and provides guests with lots of original stuff and views of the garden.
Upstairs, the Blue Room - main bedroom in classic modern style with large double bed, which features a writer’s desk, with an easy chair and treetop views. The Green Room - living area with a nostalgic touch, a large sofa-bed, a dining table and a reader’s corner. The Yellow Room - can serve as a second bedroom with a queen sized bed and a window to the garden. The small, cozy and functional bathroom, adds a touch of sophistication to the first floor.
Not only the colorful UNESCO listed Horseshoe Estate with its 37 acres winding paths and streets invites you to take a walk: a short walk away is the idyllic ensemble of Britz manor house and park, with a small castle in neo-Rennaissance style. Where once the stables were housed, there are now two good restaurants and a small museum. Explore this house proud neighborhood by foot or bicycle, as 2 folding bicycles are provided by Taut’s Home.
The local transport network in Berlin is very well developed and is usually the fastest way to move around. Although Tau's Home has a kind of rural charme and is a place where you can hear the birds singing, the next subway station is located only 328 ft. (100m) from the house. A subway line runs in short intervals until late at night and easily gets you anywhere in Berlin.
The city centre, with its hotspots Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstraße, Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate as well as the most important museums of Berlin can be reached in about 25 minutes.
For travelors with a strong interest in the cities 'classic' cultural treasures the so-called Museum Island (Museumsinsel) nearby is a must-see. Besides two museums of classical fine arts, it also hosts, the famous Pergamon Museum which features a Museum of Islamic Art and reconstructed historic buildings from the Middle East.
Popular touristic highlights include the Berlin Wall that surrounded West Berlin and prevented access to it from East Berlin and adjacent areas of East Germany. If you haven't been to Berlin before, the Holocaust Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate and the adjoining boulevard 'Unter den Linden' towards the Berlin TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm) are must-sees too. Soaring 1207 ft. (368m) above the skyline, the Tower is the highest building in Germany and offers spectacular view from the 360-degree observation deck or the Sphere restaurant – a good spot to see East-German interieurs and understand the cities structure.
But besides these well known mainstream tourist attractions, the German capital offers lots of hidden treasures more off the track. The city is famous for an eclectic mix of new and classic architecture, dynamic entertainment, shopping, and a wide variety of museums and cultural institutions. With a broad range of architectural icons from 20th century modernism is also a great place for people with a strong faible for design and architecture
Taut's Home is also a good home base to explore those parts of the city who are famous for attracting young urban creatives from all over the world. The two trendy districts of North Neukölln and Kreuzberg are only a few stops away. They stand for the alternative charm of Berlin as a multi-cultural melting pot and offer many small unconventional bars, stores and hip restaurants.
People who stay more than a few days, might – last, not least – also consider a trip to other UNESCO World Heritages which can easily be reached by train or public transport: The Prussian Parks and Castles of Postdam and Berlin (ca. 50 min. ride) or the famous Bauhaus design school in Dessau (1,5 hours ride) with numerous iconic buildings from 1920s modernism.
Estate with 2 levels
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 700 square feet, 66 square meters
4 guests maximum
BER Berlin International Airport
About 30 mins drive
No Pets Allowed
Not Handicap Accessible
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Taut's Home and its 2 operators, an architect-designer couple living nearby and have been awarded several monument prizes, and offer guided tours (in German and English) on request and for a small fee of €100.
Activities of Interest
- River cruise - Get an overview of Berlin and its history on this river cruise through the city.
- Bike tour - Learn the history of the city by bike, from the divided city of the Cold War to the modern-day capital.
- Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial - Travel by train and take a tour of the site to learn about WWII.
- Golf and Country Club Seddiner See (1 hour drive) - Member of the “Leading Golf Courses of Germany”, this popular destination for golfers provides you with the highest quality golfing experience.
Places of Interest
- Awarded Unesco World Heritage site, the modernist housing estate was built by Bruno Taut and is arranged around a central garden and is surrounding by streets with colourful balconies and doorways, and plenty of green space.
- Britz Manor house (5 mins walk) - Surrounded by a beautiful garden, this mansion houses a collection of artefacts that will take you to the 18th century during your visit of the numerous rooms of the home.
- Hipster districts of Neukölln & Kreuzberg (about 20 mins drive and walk) - Set across the canal, the 2 districts are Berlin's most dynamic and cool neighbourhoods, where you’ll find a wealth of galleries and cultural spaces.
- Brandenburg Gate (30 mins drive) - Once a symbol of a divided nation and now a symbol of unity and peace, the Gate is Berlin's most famous historic landmark.
- East Side Gallery (30 mins drive) - The longest preserved piece of the Berlin Wall is known worldwide stands both as a symbol of joy and as a historical reminder of the inhumanity during WWII.
- Reichstag Building (35 mins drive) - Completed in the late 1890s, the palace served as the home of the German Empire's Imperial Diet, and its Kuppel, made of glass, offered superb views of the surrounding city.
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (35 mins drive) - Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, the memorial is a place of contemplation, a place of remembrance and warning.
- Museum Island (35 mins drive) - Designed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it consists of the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode-Museum and the Pergamonmuseum.
- Berlin Opera House (35 mins drive) - Built in the 18th century, the oldest opera house in the city can hold up to 1,850 people in its audiences.
- Berlin Central Station (40 mins drive) - Connecting all 4 cardinal directions, this impressive glass-and-steel building is one of the most spectacular architectural projects of the capital and is the biggest train station in Europe.
- Berlin Cathedral (40 mins drive) - Berlin's largest and most important Protestant church is also the sepulchre of the Prussian Hohenzollern dynasty.
- Berliner Fernsehturm (30 mins drive) - The television tower in central Berlin is part of the World Federation of Great Tower.