Romantik Hotel Dorotheenhof
Dorotheenhof 1, Weimar, Thuringia, 99427, Germany
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Bahnhof, Weimar, Germany 2009
My old picture of 1981, Buchenwald Memorial
Goethe's summer house
Travel Tips for Weimar
It's very interesting to learn more and more about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe whose name is often heard and spoken with pride in this city.
I was moved to hear about his life story and wanted to read more about him and to read his works, too.
This portrait is from Goethe Museum in Weimar.
It was painted by Joseph Stiller in 1828 when the writer was over 70.
This building located at Beethovanplatz 3 became part of the city archive in 1920. The city archive contains documents from as early as 1247. Since 1952, the Thuringisches Hauptstaatsarchiv is only responsible for the administrative mechanisms and state enterprises of the district Erfurt which Weimar is part of.
University for Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar
The University for Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar is located in the Platz der Demokratie. This building house music theory, orchestra academy, and master courses. The university holds international music competitions for young artists in piano, violin, and chamber music. It is affiliated with over 40 partner universities in 18 countries.
P.o. box 25 52
Place of the democracy 2 | 3
Tel. +49 (0) 3643 | 555 0
The Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), sometimes also known as the Maidenhair tree, is a unique tree with no living relatives.
In the 18th century we find that there was a desire by princes and royal houses to create and cultivate models of the English landscape into their own parks. Because of this new interest we find the Ginkgotree being introduced and spreading into Europe around 1730.
Goethe and the Weimar Duke Carl August, both had a common interest in botany and the creation of exotic parks and gardens.
Goethe of course is very well known for his studies in the 'metamorphosis of plants.'
Duke Carl August had sent his court gardener to the gardens of Kew (England) to study and learn about gardening and it was here that he learned about the Ginkgo.
The gardener returned to Weimar and made the first attempt to introduce the Ginkgotree in the Weimar Orangery Belvedere. During the time of Goethe, the Ginkgo was only about 3-4 m. in height. There was some success in introducing the Ginkgotree to the area, and in 1800, one could buy a Ginkgotree on Belvedere for 1 Taler in Weimar.
The oldest Ginkgo in Weimar, planted about 1820 by the royal court gardener Sckell, who exchanged botanic information with Goethe, can be found just southwest of the House of the Dukes and Princes.
Goethe was very intrigued and inspired by the Ginkgoleaf and this led him to write his poem ,, Ginkgo biloba".
This poem can be found in the book Sulekia, included in the poem-collection ,,West-Eastern Divan".
Stadtkirche St Peter und Paul (Herderkirche)
Herplatz is just north of the Markt, and contains the Stadtkirche St Peter und Paul, more commonly known locally as Herderkirche in honour of the poet the square is named after. It is a grand, shining white, Gothic church that unfortunately sits right on top of a car park. When I was there I enjoyed a coffee in one of the pleasant cafes nearby, and watched as a German film crew recorded a scene from an upcoming children's movie called "The Ten Commandments".