Eight questions for...

Regina Bittner, deputy director of the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau

When I visit the World Heritage Bauhaus sites in Dessau, what should I definitely not miss?

The historic employment office building which was designed and built in 1929 by Bauhaus founder and architect Walter was connected to the social reforms of Gropius.

What do you particularly like here?

What I particularly like about the employment office building in Dessau is that its architecture the Weimar Republic. Here those ideals and new utopian concepts of light, space and architecture become visible.

Do you have an insider tip?

The experimental estate in Dessau-Törten - it's a place where the idea of rationalized housing construction was put to the test for the first time. By Gropius, and also his colleague Hannes Meyer.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

When I came to Dessau for the first time in 1988 the Red Army had its barracks right in front of the Bauhaus art college building. Having a military establishment right next to this Bauhaus architecture really impressed me. Today the campus of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences has taken over the old army barracks.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

In May.

What else should I see here?

The Garden Kingdom in Dessau-Wörlitz. It is comparable to Bauhaus, because during the Enlightenment design was also discussed as a means to improve society.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

The Flammkuchen Tarte Flambé from the Haus Heilmann, which is served at lunch time in the Bauhaus college cafeteria.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

Brasilia, Brazil's capital, which was designed by architects Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa and inaugurated in 1960, just four years after construction began.

Regina Bittner

is the deputy head of the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau.

The cultural scholar was born and raised in Freiberg in Saxony, not far from Dresden. She also leads a course of lectures for the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, where creative People from all over the world explore the challenges of contemporary urban planning.