Comfort Hotel Weimar
Ernst-Busse Strasse 4, Weimar, Thuringia, 99427, Germany
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Rathaus, Weimar, Germany 2009
some questions on Weimar and Germany in general
HI! i will be in weinmar taking an intensive german course in august. I was wondering if anyone could help me out with some things:
How do germans usually dress? is it more casual or elegant, and what would a university student wear? In Italy, most university students do not wear shorts, even if the weather is over 30+ degrees (although this year i saw exceptions) and are generally conservative. I've been told that Germans are generally more casual, but maybe in an academic setting its different?
Are prepaid SIM cards for phones as easy to get and Inexpensive in Germany as they are in Italy (ie 5 euro for a sim card with 5 euro of traffic)? Do i need anything other than an ID?
Are coin laundry services common in Germany? I have not recieved a response from the university about what is(n't) available in the student dormitories, so i was wondering if hours of hand washing my clothes is in my future...
Lastly, does anyone know if there is a Deutsch Bank in Weinmar (and where is it)?
Thanks for the help... possibly more questions to come!
RE: some questions on Weimar and Germany in general
Because I'm long out of the student age, I had to ask a girlfriend, who told me, "come as you are!". There isn't either a formal or informal dress could, except shirts and shoes are a must. Other than that you can wear shorts, belly free, low rider jeans, so everyone can see your "antlers" hovering over your derrière. The motto seems to be "wear what you care to". Inofficially, though, anything that even remotely resembles something that would mark you as a member of a neo right-wing movement is the worst faux pax that you could make (which you probably don't have in your wardrobe anyway), would be, for example, a light green bomber jacket, army camoflauge pants, and marine boots with white tennis shoe laces (symbolizes 'White Power'). You would also have to be sporting a crew-cut, a sleeveless T-shirt and have a stupid tatoo on your arm which would read something like "Sieg Heil!". In that case I think you might get chased from the campus, but otherwise....
Pre-paid sim cards are available in filling stations, at kiosks and sometimes even in super markets. Even cheaper are pre-paid phone cards which you can get in I-net cafés, which can let you, for example, phone home to Russia for 3 Cent per minute, but from the i-net café phone booths.
Laundramats can be found in any mid-size to large city, and you just have to look in the phone book under "Waschsaloon". My girlfriend, who attends Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt says that some dorms have a coin-operated machine in the cellar, while others do not have one at all.
The Dresdner Bank is on the Steubenstraße 15 in Weimar.
Travel Tips for Weimar
So moving about Weimar is that it is essentially Germany in a nutshell. If you had only two days for Germany, they should be spent here.
Weimar was the city of the German Klassik. Literature (Goethe, Schiller) and free thought thrived here. Not many people realise just how important the Weimar court was in the 18th century in shaping Germany's then-future of a unified sovereign nation state with a parliament and a constitution. This destiny became true in the "Weimar Republic", the Republic founded in 1918 after WW I and the predecessor of today's Germany. It is called "Weimar Republic" because it was declared in Weimar and Weimar hosted the national assembly.
Today Weimar is a charming little town with gardens and old buildings with Goethe's home among them, the German National Theatre and some great museums far larger and more important nationally than the town's size would suggest - and next to one of Germany's WW II horrors, the Concentration Camp Buchenwald.
During the Cold War Weimar had been long closed off to visitors from the Western World, so the site is not as well known as Auschwitz or Dachau. It was also a camp designed with political prisoners in mind, not extermination. Yet one cannot escape the dreary feeling and physical illness that hits when you are walking around the site. It is especially noteably compared to the idyll that presents itself in Weimar. It is this contrast that defines Germany to this day and seeing it is the first step to understand the true horror of the Nazi regime and the German Concentration Camps. Now my tip: If you go to Weimar, get your hands on "Naked among Wolves", a book written by Bruno Apitz and translated into English by Edith Anderson. It is also available as a movie in German with English subtitles on DVD. The story is a fictional account of the last days of Buchenwald based upon a true story. A 3-year-old Jewish boy arrives in a siutcase in Buchenwald. He is supposed to go on a transport to Auschwitz, but some inmates make the decision to rescue him. They hide him inside the camp, always in danger of discovery, while the Nazi's search for him. Reading the book is chilling to the bone and will help you understand what you see at the camp.
Kitsch DDR Museum
This museum is basically a shack containing things from the former DDR, it only costs one Euro to enter, but its not even worth that. Its one of those places that if you made it up, no one would believe you. Go to a library and check out a book on the former DDR if you want better information.
Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul
Also known as the Herderkirche because of its proximity to the Markt (market square), this German baroque church was built between 1498-1500. The Herderkirche is the most important church historically in Weimar.
The church lies in the oldest part of town. A section of the church dates from 1250, and the square, predating the Markt, was the center of Weimar activity during the Middle Ages. Johann Gottfried Herder, philosopher and theologian served as pastor at this Lutheran church from 1744-1809 and his statue stands near the main entrance. Above the alter is the Redemption painting started by Lucas Cranach and completed by his son in 1555. To the left of the altar are two royal tombs. Johann Sebastian Bach was the organist between 1708-1717.
Entrance is free, open Mon-Fri 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:00.
Weimar's marketplace is a great place to start your tour of the city. It's central location makes it perfect for a base to orientate yourself from, and it is full of colour, life and beautiful buildings. On the east side is the Stadthaus and neighbouring Cranachhaus, and opposite (pictured) is the neo-Gothic Rathaus. It's also the location of the Elephant Hotel, a favourite of Hitler and the GDR's Stasi secret police.
In this house in Frauenplan Johann Wolfgang Goethe lived nearly 50 years and died here 1832. The building was the gift fot him from Duke Carl August (1794). Now there is the Goethe National Museum. You can see there the botanical, mineralogical, literary and art collections.
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Comfort Hotel Weimar
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Address: Ernst-Busse Strasse 4, Weimar, Thuringia, 99427, Germany