Goethe and what was thought to be Schiller are interred at the Historischer Friedhof (Historical Cemetery) in this neoclassical mausoleum, along with Duke Carl August and other noble cadavers rescued from a 1774 fire in Weimar's castle. The mausoleum dates from 1828 and houses almost 50 sarcophagi of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Schiller’s, however, is now empty, after tests showed that the remains originated from several different people (initially buried in a common grave, 'his' remains were chosen by guesswork).

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2. Liszt-Haus

0.24 MILES

At the western edge of Park an der Ilm, this is the house where Franz Liszt lived during his second stint in Weimar, from 1869 to his death in 1886…

3. Nietzsche Archiv

0.33 MILES

Belgian architect, designer and painter, Henry van de Velde added some art-nouveau touches to this house, where the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche spent…

4. Park an der Ilm

0.34 MILES

Following the Ilm, this Unesco-listed, 58-hectare park was landscaped between 1778 and 1828, and continues to provide a bucolic backdrop to old Weimar…

5. Goethe-Nationalmuseum

0.37 MILES

This is the world's leading museum on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's literary colossus. It incorporates his home of 50 years, gifted by Duke Carl…

6. Römisches Haus

0.44 MILES

Perched atop an artificial bluff in Park an der Ilm, the 'Roman House' was Weimar’s first neoclassical dwelling, built under Goethe’s supervision between…

7. Schillers Wohnhaus & Museum

0.44 MILES

The poet and dramatist Friedrich von Schiller (a close friend of Goethe) lived here from 1802 until his early death, in 1805. Study up on the man, his…

8. Weimar Haus

0.46 MILES

Set over seven rooms in the centre of town, the Weimar Haus is a history museum for people who are bored by history museums. Sets, sound and light effects…