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Top Choice Museum in Weimar

Goethe-Nationalmuseum

This museum has the most comprehensive and insightful exhibit about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's literary icon. It incorporates his home of 50 years, left pretty much as it was upon his death in 1832. This …
Top Choice Library in Weimar

Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek

Assembled by literature-loving local duchess Anna Amalia (1739–1807), this Unesco World Heritage library has been beautifully reconstructed after a monumental fire in 2004 destroyed much of the building and its pric…
Top Choice International in Weimar

Anna Amalia

Inside the Hotel Elephant Weimar, this highly acclaimed gourmet act is one for those who appreciate a true fine-dining experience. Dress to impress, expect the chef to wow your palate, wait for the staff to make you…
Historic Building in Weimar

Goethe Haus

No other individual is as closely associated with Weimar as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who lived in this town from 1775 until his death in 1832, the last 50 years in what is now the Goethe Haus. This is where he wo…
Historic Building in Weimar

Haus Hohe Pappeln

Belgian art-nouveau architect, designer and painter, Henry van de Velde is considered a pioneer of modernity. In 1902 he founded the arts and crafts seminar in Weimar that Walter Gropius later developed into the Bau…
German in Weimar

Gasthof Luise

There's nothing fancy about this traditional Thuringian diner, which exudes a dark woodsy atmosphere. Despite sometimes surly staff, it's cosy, comfortable and frequented by local students and workers alike: great f…
Tomb in Weimar

Fürstengruft

Goethe and, to a lesser extent, Schiller (more about that soon) are interred at the Historischer Friedhof (Historical Cemetery) in this neoclassical mausoleum, along with Duke Carl August. The mausoleum dates from 1…
Palace in Weimar

Schloss Tiefurt

Originally this (relatively) small house from 1800 was leased to the tennant who ran the estate of the duchess Anna Amalia, but Anna took it over and turned it into her ‘temple of the muses’. The period rooms give y…
Museum in Weimar

Schillers Wohnhaus

The dramatist Friedrich von Schiller (a close friend of Goethe) lived in Weimar from 1799 until his early death in 1805. Study up on the man, his family and his life in Thuringia in a recently revamped exhibit befor…
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…