Weimar Highlights

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“Weimar is basically a park containing a town,” once said historian and author Adolf Stahr – and indeed, Weimar remains a fairytale world village in the green heart of Germany. In Weimar, a leading cultural centre, the spirit of German classicism still thrives, along with the spirit of both the Weimar Republic and the Bauhaus era. Prominent figures from history such as Cranach, Bach, Goethe, Schiller, Coudray, Nietzsche, Liszt, Kessler and Feininger all once lived and worked in Weimar, contributing to its unique aura. It was hence only right and proper that in 1999 Weimar became Germany’s first European City of Culture. www.weimar.de/en

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Guided Tours for Everyone

Discover Weimar on foot! Weimar Tourist Information organises public tours with approved town guides at 10am and 2pm every day of the week (including on weekends and public holidays). The tours are both informative and entertaining, and are a great way to gain an initial impression of the town. Tickets can be bought beforehand at Weimar Tourist Information.

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Goethes Wohnhaus

National Goethe Museum and Goethe House

One of the most important examples of Classical Weimar, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived in this Baroque house for almost fifty years. The furnishings and fittings from the last few years of Goethe’s life have largely been preserved. For reasons of conservation, the number of visitors is limited.  more

Goethes Gartenhaus

Goethe’s Summerhouse

In the park by the River Ilm: Bought for Goethe by the Duke, the poet lived here until moving to the house on Frauenplan. A place of refuge for Goethe, after his death it became a shrine for his admirers. more

Schillers Wohnhaus

Schiller House

Friedrich Schiller spent the last three years of his life in this townhouse on the former Weimar Esplanade. Still containing part of the original furnishings, it reflects the style prevalent in Schiller’s day. more



The world-famous Bauhaus school of architecture and applied arts was originally founded in Weimar. The museum contains about 500 exhibits made by teachers and students of this avant-garde college. more


Duchess Anna Amalia Library

Anna Amalia had the ‘Green Palace’ turned into a library comprising a unique combination of books, an art collection and architecture. The Rococo Hall is especially famous. After the library was hit by a devastating fire in September 2004, it’s scheduled to be reopened in 2007 to mark the two hundredth anniversary of Anna Amalia’s death. more

Schloß Tiefurt

Tiefurt Palace

Originally a modest country palace, Anna Amalia made it her summer residence after Ettersburg and turned it into a centre of literary society. Its current design reflects the fashion prevailing in around 1800.  more

Schloß Belvedere

Belvedere Palace

Laid out in Duke Ernst August’s day in strict French style, in the late eighteenth century the gardens were transformed along the lines of the English landscape approach and many of the original buildings were demolished. Those which have been preserved are the cavaliers’ houses, the orangery along with the gardener’s house, and the inn. The palace contains an exquisite collection of arts and crafts, including precious porcelain, faïence, glasses and select furniture. more

Schloss Ettersburg

Ettersburg Palace

The Ettersburg Palace complex consists of the old palace itself, the adjacent church, and the new palace in front, and was originally used as Anna Amalia’s summer residence. Ettersburg Palace is currently being restored section by section, and various uses have already been designated for the future. more

Stadtschloss Weimar

Town Castle

The sumptuous rooms are just as impressive as the collection of first-class European art spanning the period from the Middle Ages and the Reformation to the beginning of the twentieth century. The building was once the seat of government and residence of dukes and grand dukes. more

Park an der Ilm

Park on the Ilm

With Goethe having been so closely involved in the layout of this landscape park, it’s no wonder that it features both classical and post-classical traits. One of its main attributes is the many lines of sight, while its most distinctive architectural feature is Roman House. Nowadays the park is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. more

Schlosspark Tiefurt

Tiefurt Palace Park

Park The first sections were laid out by Prince Constantine, the youngest son of Anna Amalia. When Anna Amalia relocated her summer residence to Tiefurt, she gradually continued working on the park. It was later rearranged and restored. more

Schlosspark Belvedere

Belvedere Palace Park and Orangery

The first sections were laid out by Prince Constantine, the youngest son of Anna Amalia. When Anna Amalia relocated her summer residence to Tiefurt, she gradually continued working on the park. It was later rearranged and restored. more

Garten an Herders Wohnhaus

Garden at Herder’s House

Behind the church vicarage are the gardens of the preachers and teachers. At one point, the famous theologian and philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder inhabited the superintendent’s quarters together with his large family, and the garden was used intensively.