The 10 Best Things to Do in Weimar, Germany

August 16, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Weimar was quite the intellectual hotspot back in the day, with Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Bach, Liszt, Lucas Cranach and the Weimar School all spending time here. Goethe groupies will enjoy visiting his home, his tomb and the museum dedicated to him. If you’re in search of great food, visit during the Weimar Onion Market, held in October. (Just don’t forget your mints.)
Restaurants in Weimar

1. Buchenwald Memorial

Buchenwald Area, 99427 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany +49 3643 430200
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4.5 based on 425 reviews

Buchenwald Memorial

Buchenwald (1937-1945) became a synonym for the crimes committed by the National Socialists. Until 1950, the Soviets used the grounds for a special camp; after 1958 the German Democratic Republic established the “Nationale Mahn- und Gedenkstätte” here. After 1990, the memorial was reorganized according to a new concept now also providing for commemoration of the fates of other victim groups. New Exhibitions place the crimes in their historical contexts. The history of Weimar and Buchenwald provides a unique historical resonator for historical-political education work. This uniqueness lies in the proximity between the camp and Weimar as a cultural centre, and in the access thus offered to the past. Opening hours Museums | 10 - 16 Uhr The outdoor facilities are accessible daily until sundown. |

Reviewed By Madeleine J

Buchenwald is sure not an easy place to visit but a must do for so many reasons. The concentration camp is well preserved and very informative.

2. Park an der Ilm

On the Ilm River, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany +49 3643 545400
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4.5 based on 377 reviews

Park an der Ilm

Reviewed By Returner236 - Towcester, United Kingdom

Someone (sadly I can't remember who) said that Weimar was more of a town within a park than a town with park. The park is easily accessible from the attractive old quarter and an extremely pleasant place to spend an hour - or all day if it is summer.

3. Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek

Platz der Demokratie 1, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany +49 3643 545400
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4.5 based on 319 reviews

Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek

Reviewed By 291mike - Sydney, Australia

Beautiful restored rococo style library with an interesting history of Anna Amalia and the restoration or replacement of many antiquarian books after a disastrous fire. Lovely sculptural busts and statues of famous historical personages connected with Weimar. Art cabinet containing objects (instruments, artefacts) displaying incredible craftsmanship.

4. Goethe National Museum

Frauenplan 1, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany +49 3643 545320
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Goethe National Museum

Das historische Wohnhaus mit Garten steht im Zentrum der bedeutendsten Stätte zur Präsentation und Erforschung der Lebensleistung Goethes. Fast 50 Jahre lang bewohnte der Dichter das im barocken Stil erbaute Haus, das nach seinen Vorgaben umgebaut und gestaltet wurde. Neben den privaten Wohnräumen der Familie und den repräsentativen Gesellschafts- und Sammlungszimmern bildet das authentisch eingerichtete Arbeitszimmer mit angrenzender Privatbibliothek den Höhepunkt der Besichtigung. Während das historische Wohnhaus einen atmosphärischen Einblick in das private Leben Goethes gewährt, verdeutlicht die Ausstellung »Lebensfluten – Tatensturm« im später entstandenen Museumsanbau die Vielschichtigkeit Goethes weit über sein literarisches Schaffen hinaus.

Reviewed By Philip E - Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong

Fantastic museum and Goethe's original house. In great shape, beautifully explained. Count two full hours for the tour.

5. Schloss und Park Belvedere

Park Belvedere, 99425 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany +49 3643 545400
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Schloss und Park Belvedere

Einen illustren Einblick in das herzogliche Leben gewährt die barocke Sommerresidenz, die heute Gemälde, Interieur und filigranes Kunsthandwerk des 18. Jahrhunderts präsentiert. Schon vor Jahrhunderten war der eindrucksvolle Landschaftspark mit der bedeutenden Pflanzensammlung in der Orangerie ein beliebtes Ausflugsziel für die Weimarer Bürger. Herzog Ernst August von Sachsen-Weimar und Eisenach ließ das Schloss zwischen 1724 und 1748 einschließlich einer Orangerie sowie eines Lust- und Irrgartens errichten. Gemeinsam mit Goethe betrieb der seit 1775 regierende Herzog Carl August in Belvedere pflanzenkundliche Studien.

Reviewed By sander1900 - Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

We have not been inside, as we visited the Schloss Schönbrunn, Hofburg and Kunsthistorisches Museum already, so we have just walked around in the front- and back garden of the palace, which we enjoyed. You have a nice view over the city from the backside garden and quite a lot of benches were you can sit and enjoy the sun, when it is out.

6. Schiller-Museum

Schillerstr. 12, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany +49 3643 545400
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Schiller-Museum

Reviewed By Terence Z - New Martinsville, West Virginia

So this is how the author of some of the most important plays in German, Die Raeuber, Maria Stuart, and Wallenstein, lived . What impressed me was the man's work ethic: he worked like a maniac and pulled himself up by his bootstraps. His deep love for his wife was also evident.

7. Markt

99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
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Markt

The city's old cobblestone outdoor marketplace.

Reviewed By GerD151038 - Oosterhout, The Netherlands

The Market has buildings of different syle, but the total look is an unity. Splendid place for taking puictures. Several nice cafes around and the meeting place for a guided city walk.

8. Schlossmuseum

Burgplatz 4, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany +49 3643 545400
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Schlossmuseum

Das ehemalige Residenzschloss der Herzöge von Sachsen-Weimar und Eisenach bildete über Jahrhunderte das kulturelle Herz der Stadt. Neben Festräumen, den privaten Gemächern des Fürstenhauses und den von Großherzogin Maria Pawlowna eingerichteten Dichterzimmern bietet das Schlossmuseum eine bemerkenswerte Sammlung europäischer Kunst vom Mittelalter bis zur Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Das Stadtschloss schließt am 2. Juli 2018 aufgrund von Instandsetzungsarbeiten.

Reviewed By Paul h - Adelaide, Australia

what a place full of interesting things to see. The audio guides were excellent and the exhibits so numerous that you wouldn't want to do the place in a rush. The impressionist painters on the top level were astounding and the history through the guide and the paintings and furnishings was a wonderful experience. A must see

9. Goethes Gartenhaus

Park on the Ilm River, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany +49 3643 545400
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Goethes Gartenhaus

Das im 16. Jahrhundert erbaute ehemalige Weinberghaus war Johann Wolfgang Goethes erster eigener Wohnsitz in Weimar. In diesem Gartenhaus am Rande des heutigen Parks an der Ilm lebte und arbeitete er seit 1776 sechs Jahre lang bis zu seinem Umzug an den Frauenplan. Es wurde zum »Liebesnest« des Dichters und seiner späteren Frau Christiane Vulpius und zum Rückzugsort im Alter. Hier schrieb er die Ballade vom »Erlkönig«, das Gedicht »An den Mond« und arbeitete an der »Iphigenie« sowie dem »Egmont«. Den Garten gestaltete der naturverbundene Goethe selbst. Die ausgestellten Einrichtungsgegenstände, darunter auch originelle Möbel wie das Stehpult des Dichters mit Sitzbock, sind Teil des ursprünglichen Inventars, das aus allen Lebensphasen Goethes stammt.

Reviewed By dutch2220 - West Hollywood, California

Although I truly loved visiting Goethe's city home at Goetheplatz, the garden house makes one feel a bit closer to the man and not just the image. Located on the edge of the outstandingly beautiful park, this was Goethe's first home in Weimar and worlds away from his city residence. Small, quaint and very simple, many of his personal belongings (including his bed made for travel), are intact and approachable. The home is intimate and in such original condition you can almost feel Goethe and Christiane's presence.
The tour will take you no more than 30 minutes, and they allow entry up until 15 minutes before closing. I made it just in time at the 45 minute mark and had plenty of time to take it all in. Well worth the 6€ entrance fee and a must-see in Weimar for anyone who has enjoyed his works.

10. Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (Stadtkirche St. Peter and Paul)

Herderplatz 8, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany +49 3643 851518
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (Stadtkirche St. Peter and Paul)

This beautiful church is best known for its Crucifixion triptych by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Reviewed By Janekdownunder - Cambridge, United Kingdom

There were a lot of people visiting this church because of the celebration of Cranach this year so it was difficult to commune with the altarpiece, which is a masterpiece. I found this church rather odd as the architecture is not cohesive. The standard Lutheran form with balconies this time had the balconies painted bright pink with red for the coat of arms and the pulpit which was shrouded in polythene. I found this jarring. The effect of the Cranach altar was also rather destroyed by very heavy baroque memorials on either side out of marble or stone. Lurking behind here somewhere is the original memorial to Cranach, a copy of which can be found in the graveyard of the other church dedicated to St Jakob.
Overall this seemed to me more of an artistic memorial than a church and I found it difficult to focus

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