Weimar. Goethe and Schiller, Bach and Liszt, Modernity and Bauhaus. That is Weimar. The residence town gleams in the grandness of its past and in the reflection of the many famous figures that have been attracted here both in the past and the present. In addition, there are Weimar’s many sights that belong to the rich heritage of the cultural city.
Goethe is still the most important name on the long list of world-famous figures that made Weimar their home and founded Weimar’s reputation. Johann Sebastian Bach, Friedrich Schiller, Franz Liszt, Henry van de Velde and Walter Gropius also wrote important chapters in its history. Their homes and work places in Weimar transmit an impressive picture of the urbanity of the cultural city. The UNESCO awarded the status of world cultural heritage to the homes of the poets Goethe and Schiller, the parks and gardens, the magnificent castles and the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek. The Bauhaus sites that belonged to the school Walter Gropius founded in Weimar in 1919 have also been eternalised in this world memory. They alone are reason enough for some hundred thousand visitors to come to Weimar to explore them.
Every year, 500,000 visitors come to see the former concentration camp of Buchenwald. The Buchenwald Memorial keeps the memories of the darkest chapter of German history alive. These traces are not only found there, ten kilometres from the city on Ettersberg hill. There are also special tours in Weimar that explain the city’s political significance during the Nazi regime that ended the heyday of the Weimar Republic, which had formulated its constitution in Weimar 15 years before.
Weimar’s guests not only follow the path from museum to museum. Many enjoy the charming town with its many cafés, cosy bars, chic restaurants and a calendar chock full of events. The German National Theatre Weimar sets cultural accents with its offering of opera, plays and many concerts. In addition, there are many festivals, celebrations and special markets. Even during the summer months Weimar’s culture maintains a busy calendar: The highlights are consolidated into the “Weimar Summer” that has a surprise in store for every evening. In the fall, Thuringia’s largest folk festival is the great attraction – the famous Onion Market always takes place on the second weekend in October! Along with the Weimar Christmas Market during the Advent season, it is one of the favourite reasons to visit Weimar.
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