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A liberal aristocratic society with clever cultural and individual politics were the groundwork of Weimars rise to be an european-cultural center. This would not have been imaginable without the duches Anna Amalia. Goethes choice to pick Weimar as the primary place for his creations carried this legacy all across europe and throughout the world.


Museums of the Classical Weimar

    Goethe national museum

    The Goethe National Museum organizes different exhibitions based on themes that are relevant to Goethe’s day including objects from his collections. It is situated next to Goethe's Home and contains exhibition rooms, storage rooms and study rooms.

    Goethes Gartenhaus (Foto: Guido Werner, weimr GmbH)

    Goethe Gartenhaus

    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.

    Schiller Residence

    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.

    Wittumspalais

    After a fire in the town palace, the Palace was turned into the dowager residence of Duchess Anna Amalia. The two-winged building is an important document of noble interior design in Weimar.

    Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek

    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 was reopened in December 2007 as the jewel of Weimar's...

    Roman House

    Goethe - the site manager: The Roman House is the first classicist building in Weimar and Goethe oversaw the construction work for this temple-like edifice built in the Doric style.

    City Castle

    The current design of Weimar’s City Palace, the residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, has developed over more than 500 years of construction work. Situated on the bank of the river Ilm, the palace was originally built on the site of a medieval moated castle and was first mentioned in...

    Belvedere Castle

    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...

    Tiefurt Mansion

    The building, built in 1765 as a tenant house on ducal property on the bank of the river Ilm, served as Duke Carl August's younger brother's residence from 1776 on. Til 1806 it was the summer residence of Duchess Anna Amalia and a place for literary and social encounters.

    Ettersburg Castle

    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. During this time, a literary and artistic circle met here, to which Wieland, Goethe or Herder belonged, among others.

    Park on the river 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.

    Belvedere Park and Orangery

    The barock garden, build in a strict french manner, would later be transformed to a british garden. Accompanying the garden of joy and the orangery, a russian garden, hedge-garden and a labyrinth joined the repertoire.

    Tiefurt 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.

    Ettersburg Park

    The palace grounds, a jewel of Thuringian horticulture, are adjoined by Pücklerschlag (‘Prince Pückler’s Patch’) – an elongated glade with beautifully fashioned contours. One of the woodland aisles laid out 250 years ago has been cleared again and runs from Ettersburg Palace to Buchenwald...

    St. Peter and Paul (Herder Church)

    Lucas Cranach the Elder’s altar triptych that he began in 1552, the last year of his life, and which his son completed is famous. Today’s sacred building was originally built as a three-nave hall church in late Gothic style. It has been called the “Herder Church” since the renowned theologian and...

    Historical Cemetery

    This graveyard with a park-like feel laid out in 1918 is one of the most beautiful places in Weimar to recall the classical and post-classical eras. The coffins of Goethe and Schiller can be viewed in the Ducal Vault, and many other Weimar celebrities are also buried here.


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