Attractions

Top Choice Memorial in Weimar

Gedenkstätte Buchenwald

Between 1937 and 1945, hidden from Weimarers and surrounding villagers, 250,000 men, women and children were incarcerated here, some 56,500 of whom were murdered. Buchenwald ('Beech Forest') has been preserved almos…
Top Choice Library in Weimar

Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek

Assembled by Duchess Anna Amalia (1739–1807), the power (and purse) behind Weimar's classical florescence, this Unesco-listed library has been beautifully reconstructed after a fire in 2004 destroyed much of the bui…
Top Choice Museum in Weimar

Goethe-Nationalmuseum

This is the world's leading museum on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's literary colossus. It incorporates his home of 50 years, gifted him by Duke Carl August to keep him in Weimar, and left largely as it was u…
Palace in Weimar

Schloss Tiefurt

Built in 1765 and developed by the younger brother of Duke Carl August, this Unesco-listed country house flowered under the ownership of Duchess Anna Amalia, who turned it into her ‘temple of the muses’. The period …
Park in Weimar

Park an der Ilm

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. Combining classical and romantic garden design, it's a lovely s…
Historic Building in Weimar

Haus Hohe Pappeln

This unusual house was designed by its first occupant, Belgian art-nouveau architect-designer Henry van de Velde. In 1902 van de Velde founded the arts and crafts seminar in Weimar, later developed into the Bauhaus …
Museum in Weimar

Neues Museum

The 'new museum' is actually one of Germany's first, built as the Grand Ducal Museum in 1869. The building itself is a domed neo-Renaissance masterpiece, designed by Czech architect Josef Zítek; the grand central st…
Historic Building in Weimar

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 life and work in the modern Schiller Museum, before ducking thro…
Museum in Weimar

Stadtschloss Weimar

Situated in the former residential palace, which was rebuilt in 1789–1803 after a fire, the Schlossmuseum houses works of art dating from the Middle Ages to the turn of the 20th century. Not to be missed is the gall…
Palace in Weimar

Schloss Belvedere

Set amid Belvedere Park's lovely 43 hectares, this early-18th-century palace was once the hunting lodge of Duke Ernst August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Outside, the formal gardens and orangery have been carefully rest…