The Architecture of Germany and Central Europe

Ref: C3744621

We will look at the principal periods of architecture, taking in Roman Trier, Charlemagne’s Aachen, the glorious Romanesque abbey of Maria Laach, the Gothic in Cologne, Prague and Vienna, Baroque in Würzburg, mad Ludwig’s nineteenth century Neuschwanstein, and in the twentieth century both Albert Speer’s plans for Hitler’s “Germania” and remaking the Reichstag for a re-unified Germany.

Course aim

To examine the historical development of the remarkable architecture of Germany and Central Europe, comparing its architectural styles with those across Europe.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the key periods and styles of the architecture of Germany and Central Europe
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how these forms developed over the historical periods of these countries
  • Explain and track the influences from other parts of Europe flowing into the development of this architecture

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • presentations with images and colour notes for each session

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Arrange personal visits to see buildings relevant to this course.

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The Architecture of Germany and Central Europe

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