MArch study visit to Cologne, Stuttgart and Basel

Ref: 10003302


MArch students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 40 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This MArch European trip will be to the hinterlands of 3 European cities where we will be visiting the best of European architecture. The trip offers a unique opportunity to visit the works of architecture that are situated off the beaten-track and difficult to access via public transport. The group will therefore be travelling by coach and try to visit as much architecture as possible on our route between the beautiful cities of Cologne, Stuttgart and Basil.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience buildings by some of the most important architects of both the 20th and 21st century. During the groups stay in Cologne, a city tour is planned which will include visits to Kolumba Museum (Peter Zumthor) and St Gertrude (Gottfried Bohm). While travelling between Cologne and the trips second location, Stuttgart, there will be visits to Bruder Klaus Field Chapel (Peter Zumthor) and Pilgrimage Church, Neviges (Gottfried Bohm). Once in Stuttgart there will be visits to the University of Stuttgart (Achim Menges robotics lab), UN studio Mercedes museum, Le Corbusier and Mies Van Der Rohe, Weissenhof Estate and the James Stirling State Gallery. During the final leg of this opportunity, travelling to Basil, the group will visit Ronchamp Chapel, Le Corbusier. Finally, when in Basil, participants will tour the city visiting Weil am Rhein: Vitra Headquarters & Museum and the Herzog De Meuron.

The trip is closely aligned with studio briefs and can be used to develop briefs and sites for final building projects in ARCH3412 and Arch5012.

Cultural activities

Outside of the planned activities, participants will be encouraged to explore each of the European cultural hubs that will be visited. Cologne offers an array of attractions, led by its famous cathedral which dominates the skyline. The city’s museum landscape is especially strong when it comes to art but also has something in store for fans of chocolate, sports and even Roman history.

Surrounded by one of Germany’s largest wine-growing regions, Stuttgart is a cultural centre with its acclaimed ballet, opera and philharmonic. There’s an abundance of green space and is home to Europe’s largest combined zoo and botanic garden, the Wilhelma.

Basel’s position at the juncture of the French, German and Swiss borders gives the city a multicultural appeal. Many thousands of Basel’s visitors come for the wealth of Art and Architectural sites, with a range of galleries, museums and iconic buildings.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the remaining amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet German and Swiss immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country. Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Germany and Switzerland and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 20 January 2020
  • Return date: Tuesday 28 January 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £450
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural activities and museums, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 28 October 2019 9am