After a one-hour journey along one of Germany’s many Autobahnen, you'll arrive in Germany’s ultimate artist town: Worpswed. Worpswede is situated in the Teufelsmoor (devil's bog), northeast of Bremen. Worpswede was ruled by Sweden for a short period of time, before the colonization of the Teufelsmoor in the 18th century, which was started by Jürgen Christian Findorff by draining the bog. You will walk and drive through this town and its countryside, where you will be able to catch glimpses of the typical, charming, half-timbered houses and barns found here.
In Worpsweded you will also visit a gallery that features the works of one of the famous artists who lived in this village, and meet one the town’s contemporary artists for a chat and perhaps even a view over his/her shoulder in their work environment.
After your visit to Worpswede, your journey continues to another village that is home to an artistic community: Fischerhude. Here you will enjoy a brief drive and a stroll through the pretty village and admire the breathtaking facades of the half-timbered barn houses and their uniquely painted and decorated doors.
The artistic communities of Worpswede and Fischerhude have been home to many famous artists, including Fritz Mackensen, Hans am Ende, Otto Modersohn, Fritz Overbeck, Carl Vinnen, Clara Westhoff, and Paula Becker (who married Otto Modersohn). These communities were also home to famous writers and poets such as Gerhard Hauptmann, Thomas Mann, and Rainer Maria Rilke.
Time permitting, you will pay a brief visit to the Otto Modersohn Museum, which features a chronological presentation of Modersohn’s artistic development from his early years to his latest works. Some outstanding paintings by his wife, Paula Modersohn-Becker, are also on display. The museum is situated in an exceptionally lovely countryside setting on the Wümme river.