The artists' village of Worpswede makes its scenic appearance some 28 kilometres away from Bremen in the lowlands of the River Hamme, right in an area known as Devil's Moor (Teufelsmoor).
In the late 19th century, the simple farming community developed into an artists' colony, founded by the artists Fritz Mackensen, Otto Modersohn, Fritz Overbeck, Hans am Ende and Heinrich Vogeler. The group acquired a nationwide reputation since 1896, when an art exhibition was held at Munich's Crystal Palace and became so successful that its members shot to fame overnight. Paula Modersohn-Becker is rated among the community's most significant female artist. The village was also home to the sculptor Bernhard Hoetger and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke and, for many years, residence of the author Manfred Hausmann. Today, artists and craftspeople still live and work in Worpswede, displaying their works across various local exhibitions, studios and galleries, of which many are open to the public. Local arts spaces that deserve special mentioning include the Barkenhoff, the former home of Heinrich Vogeler, the Haus im Schluh, the Old Dairy Building, the Modersohn Museum, the Worpswede Art Gallery, the Grand Exhibition Hall and the Ludwig Roselius Museum of Ancient History. The resort, popular with day trippers, is located to the foot of the Weyer Mountain (54.5 metres high).
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