Weimar is best known for Goethe and Schiller. But the lively cultural and university city has much more to offer.
Everywhere in Weimar traces of the era of Weimar Classicism can be found, with the influences of Goethe, Schiller, Herder and Wieland. Probably every visitor to the city comes to the former residence of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, where the writer lived for almost 50 years and which is still largely preserved as it was in the final years of his life. Today it is home to the Goethe National Museum.
Not far from here lived the young Schiller, next to whose house the Schiller Museum is now located. And if you are tired of all the sights, you can retreat to the large Ilm Park on the edge of Weimar's old town. Here you will also find probably most famous little house of all - Goethe's garden house.
But Weimar is not only a city of Classicism, but also a city of Modernity. The Bauhaus was established here in 1919 and the Bauhaus Museum was opened in time for its 100th anniversary, with an important collection by architect Walter Gropius and others.
The German National Theatre with the Goethe-Schiller monument is Weimar's landmark - and a symbol for Germany. It became famous through Goethe and was later also a political stage, as the Weimar Republic was born and the National Socialists met here. In no other German city of comparable size has so much German and European cultural history been played out.
Weimar is a lively university town with a historical atmosphere and, in addition to art and culture, it has wonderful parks, small shops, creative cafés and restaurants that invite you to linger.
We have organised a city walk for you on 28 April along the traces of Classicism and Modernity and on 27 April a guided tour through the Bauhaus Museum. Of course you can also explore the city on your own. Suggestions can be found here:
- Official website www.weimar.de/tourismus
- Weimar film on YouTube (impressions of a Weimar trip)
- Weimar for Bauhaus fans (Deutsche Welle contribution to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus in Weimar