Weimar Travel Guide

  • My Weimar
    My Weimar
    by robertbaum
  • My Weimar
    My Weimar
    by robertbaum
  • My Weimar
    My Weimar
    by robertbaum

Weimar Things to Do

  • Weimar : Marktplatz

    In the 14th century this square was used for tournaments of the knights but in the 16th century it became the central market-square of Weimar and surrounded by these wonderfull Renaissance-buildings. Nowadays this square is listed as a UNESCO-Worldheritage and you will find a lot of sights there !

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  • German National Theater

    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...

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  • KZ Buchenwald I

    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...

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  • Goethe's house II

    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...

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  • Theaterplatz

    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...

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  • Walking around

    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...

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Weimar Restaurants

  • In Market Square

    Elephantenkeller ("Elephant's Cellar") is a very comfortable place amidst the old town in Weimar.It has a big variety of dishes and German wines.We, a group of Soviet students who studied German in this province for a month and had a weekend tour, were taken to this restaurant for breakfast, which was a great privilege indeed. Not everybody...

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  • Little Italy

    Located next to the Goethehouse, in the Stadtzentrum, its a nice place to hang out. The menu selection is quite nice and the pizzas are almost as good as the ones in Italy. The best espresso in Weimar.

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  • Great Caipirinhas

    A nice place with a good atmosphere I had Flammkuchen...some sort of a german pizza, it was delicous.Caipirinha specials

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Weimar Nightlife

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    by lonestar_philomath Written May 30, 2007

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    This sign was stringed up across the street advertising the production of "Der Ring" by Richard Wagner.

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Weimar Transportation

  • Thueringen-Card

    This might be an idea for your vacation in case that you dont only stay in Weimar, but also in the surrounding places of interest in the county of Thüringen: Thueringen-Card is a way to save some money and you will get free entrance to a total of 200 museums, exhibitions, palaces and castles, parks and even swimming-pools and other...

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  • Train

    Weimar's station is a fair walk outside of the city center, but it has great regional and inter-city links. Even though the state of Thuringia is a little isolated by German standards, being on the super fast ICE line that cuts from Frankfurt and Dusseldorf to Dresden means the city can be accessed quickly from almost anywhere in the country. You...

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  • Weimarcard - won't need it

    We had a Weimarcard for the transportation, but didn't have to use it. Everything is within walking distance and the walk to the Belverdere, partly through the Park am Ilm, is pretty. There is a slight reduction in price at several musea and sights, but it is not worth the prices of the card, unless you visit them all. Besides, we were often...

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Weimar Shopping

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  • Fine tools, scale model building...

    We had already discovered in Leipzig that fine knives are much cheaper than back home. I love knives for cooking and saw various brands of Japanese kitchen knives. In Weimar there was a little shop specialised in small precision tools for scale model building and arts and crafts (like woodcarving). They also had some very nice kitchen knives. We...

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  • Weimar is not really a shopping paradise

    Weimar has a nice little pedestrian zone (where you will find most sights) with some small shops. Nothing extraordinary shopping-wise, but if you like old books, you will surely find some interesting shops. Some other shops also sell you some out-of-the-ordinary nice artsy things and of course in the museum shops you will find books about Weimar's...

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Weimar Local Customs

  • Friedrich Schiller

    After my visit to Schiller Museum I understood I have to know more about the outstanding activities of this great poet.He is very much revered in this city for he spent several years here living in the house that houses his museum now.This portrait is from that museum.It was painted by Anton Graff in 1786.

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  • Goethe

    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...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Weimar Warnings and Dangers

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    by lonestar_philomath Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Gesamter Platz means this is a reserved area so don't park your car here! This one was found at the Platz der Demokratie.

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Weimar Tourist Traps

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    by christine.j Written Sep 23, 2006

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    The only other tourists we saw at the cemetery were in the Fürstengruft, the crypt where Goethe's and Schiller's coffins are standing. They didn't stay too long and looked somewhat disappointed when they went out again. I could understand them.
    The entrance fee is 2,50 Euro and you get to see a hall, the coffins and you can read some explanations . Please correct me if you think I'm wrong, but I didn't think this was worth 2,50 Euro. I think both Goethe and Schiller were important poets, but I didn't feel a desperate urge to have a look at their coffins.So unless you're a really ardent fan of the poets, you can give this hall a miss.

    Unique Suggestions: Walk around the Fürstengruft and enter thr Russian church. It's beautiful and not to be missed.

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Weimar What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Written Sep 21, 2002

    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 7 – 18°C ( 46 - 64°F ); min: 0 - 7°C ( 32 - 45°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 23°C ( 70 - 74°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 18°C ( 43 - 64°F); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 – 49°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 1 – 3°C ( 34 - 38°F); min: -3 - 0°C ( 27 - 32°F )

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Weimar Off The Beaten Path

  • Buchenwald Memorial

    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...

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  • Wittumspalais

    Wittumspalais is the name of the residence of duchess Anna Amalia, that she had bought in 1775 after the Weimarer Schloss had burned down.She lived there untill her death in 1807. The building was built from 1767 till 1769 by Jakob Friedrich von Fritsch, a Minister in Weimar.Wittumspalais is open for tourists:April - October: daily except Mondays:...

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  • the backdoor of the Schloss

    This is one of the backdoors of the Weimarer Schloss and I think it is really worth to take a closer look at it. On the total you might need at least a whole afternoon in order to explore all of the most important sights of Weimar.

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Weimar Favorites

  • 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 is the home of Franz Liszt College of Music now.So there are a lot of...

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  • The Park on the Ilm

    The Park on the Ilm is situated on the eastern side of the Aldstadt and was developed between 1778 and 1828 with input from Goethe. This is a large park and a wonderful place to sit and watch the world go by. Some of the places of interest are Goethes Garden House, the Soviet Cemetery and the Roman House.

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  • Essential Germany

    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...

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