Heading for Worpswede
After an approx. 60 minutes journey along one of Germany’s many Autobahnen, arrive in the Germany’s ultimate artist town, Worpswede.
Worpswede is situated in the Teufelsmoor (devil's bog), northeast of Bremen and will be your first stop during this tour.
This small town that has been the home to a lively artistic community since the end of the 19th century, with over 130 artists and craftsmen still living and working there. Its origin goes back to the Bronze Age, first being mentioned in 1218. Worpswede was ruled by Sweden for a short period of time, before the colonization of the Teufelsmoor in the 18th century was started by Jürgen Christian Findorff, by drainage of the bog. You will walk and drive through this town with its countryside where you will be able to catch a glimpse of very little villages with typical half-timbered houses and barns.
Worpswede's famous artists
Once arrived in Worpswede you will visit a gallery used to portrait the works of one of the famous artists who lived in this village. Some of the famous artists that lived in Worpswede and Fisherhude, were amonsgt others, Fritz Mackensen, Hans am Ende, Otto Modersohn, Fritz Overbeck, Carl Vinnen, and Paula Becker (who married Otto Modersohn). Also famous writers and poets such as Gerhard Hauptmann, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke and the sculptor Clara Westhoff lived in these villages.
Meet one of the local artists of today for a chat or even a “view over his/her shoulders” in their work environment.
After your stay in Worpswede your journey will continue to another village that is home to an artistic community, namely, pretty Fischerhude – enjoy a brief drive and a stroll through the village taking in the breathtaking facades of the half-timbered barn houses with their uniquely painted and decorated doors.
Time permitting, you will pay a brief visit into the Otto-Modersohn-Museum, which was founded in 1974 and has been widely extended ever since, thus making possible a chronological presentation of Modersohn’s artistic development from the early years at the academy to his late work. A certain number of outstanding paintings by Paula Modersohn-Becker are exposed here.
The museum is situated in an exceptionally charming countryside through which the river Wümme flows.