For Architecture Lovers
The city has a lot to offer to those who are fond of architecture:
visits to the Ilm Park, to different castles:the Green Castle,the Red Castle,the Yellow Castle.The City Museum in "Bertuchhaus", a classicism building, is also an attracting destination.
The former Prince's House houses Franz Liszt College of Music now.
So there are a lot of architectural germs in the city, both modern and old ones. Visiting the theater and the burial place of Goethe and Schiller in the Gruft.
This memorial is located outside the city, about 10 km to the north-west in the so-called Grrossen Ettersberg.
This monument was dedicated in 1958 to honor the thousands of people who were the prisoners of this concentration camp.
There were 250,000 prisoners in Buchenwald during the war, among them 56,000 were murdered here.
There is also Ernst Thälmann Museum there.
Ernst Thaelmann was the workers' leader (not the Reich Councellor, regrettably) and he was very much revered by the German Communist government and by the Sovuiet Communists. There was and still is a street called after Ernst Thälmann almost in each Ukrainian and Russian city.
There is an inscription at the entrance to the museum. It runs,Eternal glory to the great son of the German people, the leader of the German working class, Ernst Thälmann who was murdered at this place by fascists on August 18, 1944Very impressive indeed.
We, a group of Soviet students whop studied German in this province for a month and had a weekend tour, followed the program of stay and, of course, for the sake of our upbringing, were taken to the place of former Buchenwald concentration camp that was a museum then.
I took this picture when our group was approaching the memorial.
You can see the famous gate with the inscription that the Nazis took as their motto, To each his ownIt as very impressive to feel all the tragedy that took place here during the war.
You feel very sad how people all over the world could have allowed such atrocities and inhumane policies...
You can see sculptural composition depicting the dying prisonersof the concentration camp. . The Roman figures MCMXLV (1945) on the upper part of the tower.
The sculpture was made by F.Cremer.
The expressions of the prisoners' faces are different, but the idea is expressed in the old Soviet after-war slogan,
Nobody Is Forgotten,
Nothing Is Forgotten!Its another version runs,
We Won't Forget, We Won't Forgive!!
Hier wohnte Franz von Dingelstedt
An important German literary giant and playwright . Among his other works are an autobiographical sketch of his Munich career, entitled Münchener Bilderbogen (1879), Die Amazone, an art novel of considerable merit (1869), translations of several of Shakespeare's comedies, and several writings dealing with questions of practical dramaturgy.
See a performance at the National Theatre
The National Theatre in Weimar has a variety of performances throughout the week, including lectures, dramas, and musicals. When I was there, I saw Franz Wittenbrink's "Secretaries", a modern musical-comedy, which was wonderful. It cost 25 Euros and was well worth it. It's a beautiful theatre with great acoustics.
This playful fountain is in the center of Weimar. Goethe had seen the original in Nürnberg and wanted to have a copy in Weimar.
Unfortunately,it took some time to realize this plan, so when the fountain finally was put up there, Goethe had died.
In my picture you can see a huge hand. Do you think it's a giant, trying to steal the fountain?
He's wearing an invisible cloak, which slipped and his hand can be seen?