Neither a monumental town nor a medieval one, Weimar appeals to those whose tastes run to cultural and intellectual pleasures. After all, this is the epicentre of the German Enlightenment, a symbol for all that is good and great in German culture. An entire pantheon of intellectual and creative giants lived and worked here: Goethe, Schiller, Bach, Cranach, Liszt, Nietzsche, Gropius, Herder, Feininger, Kandinsky, Klee…the list goes on (and on, and on). You’ll see reminders of them wherever you go – here, a statue; there, a commemorative plaque decorating a house facade – plus scores of museums and historic sites. In summer, Weimar’s many parks and gardens lend themselves to taking a break from the intellectual onslaught.
Internationally, of course, Weimar is better known as the place where the constitution of the Weimar Republic was drafted after WWI, though there are few reminders of this historical moment. Nearby, the ghostly ruins of the Buchenwald concentration camp provide haunting evidence of the terrors of the Nazi regime. The Bauhaus and classical Weimar locations are protected as Unesco World Heritage Sites.
It’s about a 20-minute walk south from the Hauptbahnhof to the start of the historic centre at Goetheplatz. Bus 1 runs between Hauptbahnhof and Goetheplatz.
Weimar destination guides
8-Day Tour from Frankfurt to Weimar, Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg
Discover more than 10 unique German cities – including Dresden, Hamburg and Berlin – on this 8-day coach tour from Frankfurt. Travel through the centuries as you explore quaint medieval towns, cultural centers and historical neighborhoods, including several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.