Tel Aviv is a beautiful, historic and hip destination for cheap flight deals. Not many visitors, however, know it as an architectural destination. But within the Bauhaus art movement, and for fans of Bauhaus design who can travel on cheap international flights, this is a world-class landmark. The city has over 4,000 Bauhaus buildings, about 3,000 of which were built only between the years of 1931 and 1939. These structures earned the designation of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for Tel Aviv in 2003. The White City in fact has the world’s largest concentration of Bauhaus properties. Find a cheap ticket air line and flights to Tel Aviv now to start your Bauhaus architectural tour.
When Tel Aviv was established as a city, Germany’s Bauhaus movement was entering its heyday. German Jewish students of the Bauhaus School for Art and Design visited and immigrated to Tel Aviv, then a city of Palestine, especially in the 1920s and 1930s and truly shaped the White City’s architectural destiny. This influx of recent Bauhaus graduates coincided with Tel Aviv’s booming growth period of the 1950s and 1960s. Bauhaus buildings are known for staying true to two principles: simplicity and functionality. They incorporate clean and modern lines, simple white walls, and little additional decoration. Every element of the design had to have a utilitarian purpose. Many buildings have flat roofs and use small, rounded balconies. In Tel Aviv, these buildings were adapted to a Mediterranean climate. Residential structures were designed to catch the breezes coming from the Mediterranean Sea and to utilize as much shade as possible. Unfortunately, some of the city’s Bauhaus properties are sliding into a state of disrepair or no longer appear white, but have faded to gray. Some restoration efforts and projects, though, are underway, and have attracted scholars and restoration experts on cheap international flights from around the world.
To start checking out Israel’s Bauhaus bounty after your cheap domestic flights and cheap flights to Tel Aviv, you can pick from a range of tours. Tel Aviv’s municipality offers free tours of some of the districts with especially prolific Bauhaus inspiration. A Bauhaus tour can also be an optional part of many guided city tours. Some of the areas with the most Bauhaus touches are Rothschild Boulevard and nearby Shenkin, Dizengoff Street, and Mazeh and Kalisher Street. Make sure you bring a map on your flights to Tel Aviv, or get one soon after you arrive. A good place to begin a Bauhaus tour of Tel Aviv is at the Engel House, built in 1933, that was the first building in the White City to be constructed over pillars. King Albert Square, on the corner of Mazeh and Nachmani streets, is a particularly striking intersection with well-restored Bauhaus properties. Search for cheap tickets to Tel Aviv and tour the Bauhaus Capital of the World.