Between myth and reality: a vibrant town on the up

Weimar is an attractive destination in the heart of Germany, visited by more than three million people a year. The town captivates them all with its very special charm as they stroll along the narrow lanes of the beautifully restored old quarter, amble through the parks with their magnificent palaces and explore the houses of the poets Goethe and Schiller and the legacy of modernism at the Bauhaus sites. Despite its population of just 64,000, Weimar has a diversity of attractions to rival many larger cities. There is also a rich and varied choice of evening entertainment.

Highlights/Places of interest

Goethe and Schiller memorial

The most widely recognised landmark in Weimar. The statues of Schiller and Goethe have been standing almoust at eye level shoulder to shoulder on Theaterplatz since 1857.

Goethe's House with Goethe National Museum

Goethe lived in this baroque house on Frauenplan for 50 years. Today, visitors can see some of the rooms exactly as they were during Goethe's time. Next door to Goethe's House is the Goethe National Museum, which hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions.

Schiller's House

Friedrich Schiller lived in this house on Schillerstrasse for three years. The historical building was extended to include a modern wing which houses the Schiller Museum and organises regular exhibitions on relevant themes.

Bauhaus Museum

This museum lies opposite the famous Goethe and Schiller memorial on Theaterplatz. It is home to over 500 exhibits produced by masters and pupils of the famous avant-garde design school. The museum is currently closed in order to open up the new Bauhaus Museum in April 2019, the 100th anniversary of the bauhaus in Weimar.

Buchenwald memorial site

Between 1937 and 1945 more than 50,000 foreign prisoners and opponents of the Nazis were brutally murdered at Buchenwald. The today’s memorial is dedicated to the victims of the concentration camp and the later Soviet internment camp (Speziallager Nr. 2).

Duchess Anna Amalia Library

One of Germany's most famous libraries. The rococo hall with its historical books and sheet music has been restored to its former glory after a devastating fire and is open to visitors every day.

Goethe's summer house

Goethe received the summer house as a present from Duke Carl August. It is located in the Park on the Ilm. For six years Goethe lived in these leafy surroundings, a period reflected in his works, such as the drama Egmont.

German National Theatre

With up to 600 performances a year this prestigious historical theatre dominates Weimar's cultural calendar. The German National Theatre and the Staatskapelle Weimar orchestra attract lovers of music theatre, drama and concerts with renditions of classical and contemporary works.

Park on the Ilm

Goethe played a part in the design of this park, which was created in the 18th century. The Roman House is just one of its many architectural treasures.

Liszt Museum

Between 1869 and 1886 Franz Liszt lived in the former court gardener's house at the entrance to the Park on the Ilm during the summer months, giving piano lessons to his students from many countries. The historical upper floor is complemented by a modern, permanent exhibition on the ground floor.

Historical cemetery

This cemetery was built in 1818 in landscaped grounds. It contains the royal crypt and a Russian Orthodox chapel. The tombs of Goethe and Schiller can be visited in the royal crypt.

Belvedere Palace

The entire palace grounds, the palace itself, the baroque gardens, the former animal enclosure and the orangery were built in the 18th century for Duke Ernst August. Porcelain, glassware and historical furniture from the late 17th to 19th century are on display at the palace.

Deutsches Nationaltheater
Deutsches Nationaltheater


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