10 Things to Do in Weimar That You Shouldn't Miss
Weimar was quite the intellectual hotspot back in the day, with Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Bach, Liszt, Lucas Cranach and the Weimar School all spending time here. Goethe groupies will enjoy visiting his home, his tomb and the museum dedicated to him. If you’re in search of great food, visit during the Weimar Onion Market, held in October. (Just don’t forget your mints.)
1. Buchenwald Memorial
4.5 based on 527 reviews
Buchenwald (1937-1945) became a synonym for the crimes committed by the National Socialists. Until 1950, the Soviets used the grounds for a special camp; after 1958 the German Democratic Republic established the “Nationale Mahn- und Gedenkstätte” here. After 1990, the memorial was reorganized according to a new concept now also providing for commemoration of the fates of other victim groups. New exhibitions place the crimes in their historical contexts. The history of Weimar and Buchenwald provides a unique historical resonator for historical-political education work. This uniqueness lies in the proximity between the camp and Weimar as a cultural centre, and in the access thus offered to the past. Opening hours Museums | 10 - 18 Uhr The outdoor facilities are accessible daily until sundown. |
Reviewed By kawp424 - Naperville, IllinoisNaperville, Illinois
Sobering reminder of a time in history
A stark and solemn reminder of this period in history. Even though the bunkers are gone, the vastness of this place is overwhelming. Good video and memorials in one of the admin buildings. Still so unbelievable what occurred on those grounds.
2. Goethe National Museum
4.5 based on 524 reviews
The Goethe National Museum is the most important museum for the presentation and study of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s life and works. An extraordinary treasure is contained within – the poet’s actual residence with original furnishings and collection pieces. Numerous items from his personal collections are on display in the accompanying exhibition “Flood of Life – Storm of Deeds” which highlights Goethe’s vastly diverse interests beyond his literary production.
Reviewed By PietHeim
Interesting museum, considerably larger than it appears. Away from his actual house, the majority of the museum wing added on, whilst very modern & impressive, seems a bit oversized fir the exhibits, and is easy to become lost in. Also recognizing Geothes
3. Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
4.5 based on 401 reviews
Die Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek ist eine öffentlich zugängliche Archiv- und Forschungsbibliothek für Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte mit besonderem Schwerpunkt der Epoche zwischen 1750 und 1850. In der Tradition einer Fürstenbibliothek verfügt sie über Sammlungen vom 9. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert, die laufend ergänzt, erschlossen und mit aktueller Forschungsliteratur zugänglich gemacht werden.
Reviewed By YXY322
A ruined visit, unfriendly service, 20 minutes visit after 30 minutes waiting for the entry.
I would have give 3 stars for the value of visiting the library itself. But the visiting experience was very bad due to the unfriendly service. Due to the limited entry, we booked the ticket online, but this didn't save any time at all. There were 3 women
4. Park an der Ilm
4.5 based on 447 reviews
The 48-hectare Park on the Ilm is a marvellously landscaped garden situated on the edge of Weimar’s historic downtown. It was here that Duke Carl August and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe made their gardening ideas a reality. They created a walkable work of art with diverse views of the landscape, park structures and numerous places to sit down and contemplate. Today, the Park on the Ilm continues to offer visitors a place to relax, learn and enjoy nature’s beauty.
Reviewed By octal - San Juan, Puerto RicoSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Approaches the platonic ideal of a park
This is a great park -- probably the nicest park I've seen. It follows the Ilm, and is a short walk from the center of the old town (perhaps 200 meters), with numerous smaller areas separated by landscaping. There are vistas, relaxing benches in ones and
5. Schloss Belvedere
4.5 based on 189 reviews
Perched upon a hill to the south of Weimar in the middle of a spacious park with an orangery, pleasure garden and labyrinth lies Belvedere Castle, the former Baroque summer residence of the ducal family of Saxony-Weimar and Eisenach. Since 1923 the castle has been used as a museum of the arts and crafts dating back to the 18th century, featuring exquisite porcelain works once owned by Weimar’s ducal dynasty.
Reviewed By 9000Gent - Ghent, BelgiumGhent, Belgium
This could be a nice museum, but at present works are done. The orangerie (and garden) is nice, but the Chateau itself is pretty outdated. It is nice to see, but not really a must see in Weimar.
6. Goethes Gartenhaus
4 based on 193 reviews
This former vineyard house in the Park on the Ilm was Goethe’s first residence in Weimar in 1776. This is where he wrote the ballad of the “Erlkönig” and the poem “To the Moon”. The cottage, furnished with original pieces of furniture such as the high desk and sitting trestle, was an important retreat for Goethe in his later years.
Reviewed By birtel831 - Kongens Lyngby, DenmarkKongens Lyngby, Denmark
Although the gardenhouse is small, it is charming and contains a few mentors belonging to Goethe: his travelling bed and a specialfly designed chair for writing on his upstanding writing desk. Situated in the park an der Ilm, you cannot drive to the house
7. Schillers Wohnhaus
4.5 based on 199 reviews
Before he passed away in 1805, Friedrich Schiller spent his last three years at this residence on Esplanade where he wrote his famous plays “The Bride of Messina” and “William Tell”. Today, Schiller’s original desk and bed are displayed in his former living quarters.
Reviewed By Mimicri - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom
Very interesting visit to house of Germany's most famous playwright
The significance of Schiller for the German language, German theatre, and German poetry cannot be overestimated and one can really imagine how he lived and worked here. A very well-designed museum; try to go when there are not too many crowds, the small r
4 based on 225 reviews
The city's old cobblestone outdoor marketplace.
Reviewed By kiwibuddy1 - Grand Bend, CanadaGrand Bend, Canada
Good place for a beer and a brat
Quite honestly, I've seen more attractive market squares, but a good place for a sit down and a bite. As in most German cities, I was amazed at the amount of reconstruction that has taken place after the twin tragedies of the war and East German neglect.
9. Liszt Haus
4.5 based on 88 reviews
Franz Liszt lived in the former court gardener’s house at the edge of the Park on the Ilm from 1869 until his death in 1886. This is where he gave lessons to many young and talented pianists from Germany and abroad. In 1887 Grand Duke Carl Alexander opened several rooms to the public as a memorial site. All the furnishings in the music salon and study are authentic, including the Bechstein grand piano.
Reviewed By Witoldzio - Manhattan, KSManhattan, KS
the home of a great artist
This is Liszt's second home in Weimar (his main home houses a research facility devoted to his life and work). Many of the rooms have been preserved in their original, including his own piano. The place surprises by its modesty. There are plenty of memora
10. Weimar Haus
4 based on 122 reviews
Reviewed By guidedug - Dubai, United Arab EmiratesDubai, United Arab Emirates
Good Museum for Kids and Adults
Really interesting and well thought out museum. Mixture of waxwork figures and overhead audio commentary English and German, depicting the history of Weimar from the dark ages to the 19th century. Goethe is your "host" throughout this 30 minute trip. Enjo