Weimar Travel Guide

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    My Weimar
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    My Weimar
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  • My Weimar
    My Weimar
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Weimar Highlights

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     Schiller and Goethe, lots of beautiful buildings 

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     tourists 

  • In a nutshell
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     Classical! 

Weimar Things to Do

  • 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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  • Weimar-Hallenpark

    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...

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  • Liszthaus

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Schloss

    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...

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

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Weimar Transportation

  • 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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  • Getting there

    .By car: The autobahn A4 links Weimar with Frankfurt and Dresden.By plane: Erfurt Airport is only 25 km from Weimar.By train: You can reach Weimar by rail quickly and easily, with the ICE (Frankfurt - Leipzig - Dresden).

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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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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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    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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  • Take a walk along the River Ilm

    There is a park that runs from the Train tower beyond Platz der Demokratie. It is filled with small buildings and statuary.

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  • 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.Postal...

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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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