Weimar Things to Do

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    Markt, Weimar
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    Theaterplatz, Weimar
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    KZ Buchenwald I

    by King_Golo Updated Jun 13, 2014

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    The crematory of Buchenwald

    The cruelest part of Germany's history is no doubt the Nazi era between 1933 and 1945. During that time, numerous concentration camps (KZs) were opened on German territory. Near Weimar, one of the most infamous is found: Buchenwald.
    Buchenwald was opened in July 1937. In the beginning, it was "only" a camp for Jews, Homosexuals and others who were considered unworthy to be part of the German people by the Nazi regime. Later, most of its inmates were foreigners, e.g. from Eastern European countries. Despite the fact that the camp was not built as an extermination camp (like Auschwitz), more than 50,000 people died in Buchenwald. A large number of them died due to incredibly hard labour. Others became victims of SS cruelties or medical experiments. In its 8 years of existence, more than 250,000 people were imprisoned in Buchenwald. The camp was liberated by the US army on April 11th, 1945. What is hardly known, however, is that it continued to serve as a prison until 1950. The Soviet occupation forces imprisoned 28,000 people here out of which 7,000 died.
    Buchenwald was then closed and widely torn down in 1951. In 1958, the GDR government opened the memorial Buchenwald which still exists today.

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    Goethe's house II

    by King_Golo Updated Jun 13, 2014

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    Flowers in Goethe's garden
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    A visit to Goethe's house wouldn't be complete without a relaxing break in his beautiful garden just behind it. The garden is quite large, probably around 50x20m. Several blossoming flower beds make it look wonderful in summer. At some places there are benches which may be used for sitting down and perhaps reading a poem of his... I enjoyed the garden as much as the house itself.

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    Theaterplatz

    by King_Golo Updated Jun 13, 2014

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    Jazz @ Weimar

    Theaterplatz is mostly famous for its monument of Goethe and Schiller just in front of the theatre. Unfortunately, the two are being refurbished at the moment and hidden behind tarps. But other culture may also be experienced there: regularly, street musicians play their songs, such as the guys on the photo who played some good jazz music...
    Apart from that, there is also the Bauhaus museum which I would have loved to visit, but the time was too short. Next time!

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    Walking around

    by King_Golo Updated Jun 13, 2014

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    Friends of mine walking along Schillerstra��e

    As usual on my pages, you also find a tip here that tells you to enjoy the town by just walking around! Weimar is a great town for that - all of the sights are within walking distance of the centre (except Buchenwald memorial). The area around Market Square and Theatre Square (Markt / Theaterplatz) is full of obvious and hidden beauty, be it the houses, the fountains or the street artists who are disguised as Goethe or his contemporaries.
    So do it - just start walking through Weimar and you won't be disappointed!

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    Park an der Ilm

    by King_Golo Updated Jun 13, 2014

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    Goethe's garden house

    This beautiful park used to be Goethe's favourite place in Weimar - it was here that he met his wife-to-be Christiane Vulpius. Moreover, he designed parts of the park himself.
    The main sight in the park surely is Goethes Gartenhaus (Goethe's garden house) where he also lived for several years. It's a pretty plain house overlooking a large lawn. Unfortunately, we didn't make it inside as they had just closed it. Best to come before 6pm...

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    Goethe's house I

    by King_Golo Updated Jun 13, 2014

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    One of the rooms in Goethe's house

    Goethe lived in Weimar for several years. He owned a house at Frauenplan which today is a museum. By the way, this was Goethe's own will - he decreed to have the house kept as a museum in order to make available to the public all his art treasures and more. Nowadays, the public comes in droves to visit his former residence.
    What is there to see? Probably one of the biggest collection of art ever to be seen in a private building - Goethe collected basically everything, in total roughly 20,000 items from all kinds of places and eras. Moreover, he was a mineralogy geek and had a collection of some 16,000 minerals. Not to forget his private library... and much more. Many of these things are still on display in the house. So when you go there you walk through more or less the same rooms as back in the early 19th century. This makes the rooms very interesting and you might even feel a little like the great author himself. What I found particularly interesting are the following:

    *his study room - really nicely furnished but interestingly simple
    *his many chest of drawers with dozens of little drawers - I sure could need one of those in order to be a little more organized!
    *the structure of the house around a small patio - you actually walk around the patio from room to room

    Check out my second tip for details on his garden!

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    German National Theater

    by hunterV Updated Feb 27, 2014

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    German National Theater, Weimar
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    Visiting this theater you can see first of all the monument to Goethe and Schiller dedicated in 1857 and built by Ernst Rietschel.
    The inscription reads,
    /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/
    To the great poets' pair from the German people
    /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/
    There are always flowers at the foot of the monument.
    You can see and hear theater and opera performances at this theater. There are also concerts of the Weimar State Orchestra and Franz Liszt College of Music here.
    You can see here another picture of the German National Theater
    It's an old GDR postcard. I didn't save money on postcards, thank God!
    German.....
    Democratic....
    Republic.....
    Thanks, GDR publishers!.
    I enjoyed visiting this theater!
    My friends and I were very impressed by both its exterior and the interior. No doubt that visiting this theater is a must for any visitor of Weimar.

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    Weimar-Hallenpark

    by antistar Updated Oct 17, 2013

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    Hallenpark, Weimar

    Two smaller, but more landscaped parks, can be found to the west of the city in the form of the Hallenpark and Schwan-Seebad. Hallenpark can be found down some stairs through the Congress Centre and Goethe-Schiller Archive, and offers a pleasant place to sit for a while, and some nice shots of the city, like the one here with the spire of Jakobskirche framed so it looks like it forms part of the roof of the Congress Centre. A number of people were making use of the only two days of sunshine that August to bathe on the grass, but there were too many flies for me to rest there for too long.

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    Liszthaus

    by antistar Updated Oct 17, 2013

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    Lizsthaus, Weimar

    The legendary Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Liszt joined the artistic throng to have stayed in Weimar when he moved here in 1848. His garden house, where he spent 17 years in the city, remains today at the edge of the park on Marienstrasse, opposite the world famous Bauhaus University.

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    Soviet Cemetery

    by antistar Updated Oct 17, 2013

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    Soviet Cemetary, Weimar

    The cemetery for fallen Soviet soldiers who died liberating the country from Hitler is a touching memorial to the many millions who died fighting that dictator's regime. Its location in the Park an der Ilm is serene, subtle and respectful. It is the perfect peaceful resting place for those who gave their lives.

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    Park an der Ilm

    by antistar Updated Oct 17, 2013

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    Park an der Ilm, Weimar
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    The Park an der Ilm is a massive expanse of land following the river Ilm to the south and east of the city; it is about as big as the city itself. It is an English style park, and includes a number of ruined follies, a cemetery for fallen Soviet soldiers, and a number of important buildings are either in the park or abut it, like Liszt's home. The park itself is so big it is easy to escape from the city crowds and feel completely isolated from humanity, as if you were walking out into the countryside itself. The volume of trees, the weaving paths, and the overgrown ruins make it feel like you have left civilization for a brief moment. It's definitely a place worth wandering for an hour or two.

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    Schloss

    by antistar Updated Oct 17, 2013

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    Schloss, Weimar
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    On the boundary of the city and the magnificent Park an der Ilm is Weimar's stunning palace. It comprises of two parts, the colourful portal and tower remains of the original Renaissance palace, and the newer rectangular lines of the Neoclassical model. They stand together to make for a grand imperial palace that seems to far outweigh the size of the town. It seems to fit more with the size of the town's cultural influence more than its political or economic power. The palace forms an impressive part of the Weimar cityscape, and offers great views from wherever it is seen: approaching from the Marktplatz, the Park an der Ilm, or as pictured here from the Platz der Demokratie.

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    Markt

    by antistar Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Markt, Weimar
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    Weimar's marketplace is a great place to start your tour of the city. Its 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.

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    Ginkgo-Museum

    by berlingirl84 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Great insight into the history of the Ginkgo. Great shop in the basement where you can buy things made of Ginkgo or with it´s form.

    March - Oct:
    Mon-Fri 10am- 17:30 pm
    Sat-Sun 10am- 15:30 pm

    Ginkgo Museum
    Windischenstr. 1 - D- 99423 Weimar
    Tel: +49 (0)3643-805452
    Fax: +49 (0)3643-805453

    Don´t miss the Goethe Ginkgo at the opposite of Duchess Anna Amalia Library

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    The German National Theatre

    by alancollins Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The German National Theatre
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    The German National Theatre in Weimar was built in 1908 and rebuilt after it was destroyed during WW2. It was used in 1919 to drawn up the constitution for the new German Reich and hence the label it was given of the ‘Weimar Republic.’ The building has been rebuilt a number of times and has several artistic claims. Goethe was the director here from 1791 to 1817, and Strauss and Liszt were its musical directors during the late 19th century.

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