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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 August to keep him in Weimar, and left largely as it was upon his death in 1832. This is where Goethe worked, studied, researched, and penned Faust and other immortal works. In a modern annexe, documents and objects shed light on the man and his achievements in literature, art, science and politics.

If you’re a Goethe fan, you’ll get the chills when seeing his study, and the bedroom where he died, both preserved in their original state. To gain the most from your visit, use the free audioguide.

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1. Schillers Wohnhaus & Museum


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…

2. Weimar Haus

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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…

3. Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek

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Assembled by Duchess Anna Amalia (1739–1807), the power (and purse) behind Weimar's classical florescence, this Unesco-listed library has been beautifully…

4. Wittumspalais

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This handsome neoclassical palace was home to the Duchess Anna Amalia from 1774, after the residential palace (today the Schlossmuseum) burned. Visitors…

6. Liszt-Haus


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…

7. Goethe-Schiller Denkmal


Dedicated in 1857, sculptor Ernst Rietschel's bronze statue of Goethe and Schiller, standing side by side holding a laurel wreath, was Germany's first …

8. Park an der Ilm

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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…