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Weimar is the town of Goethe and Schiller and is found in Thuringia (Thüringen) state, Germany. It is one of the all-time favorites with German school classes (or rather their teachers) because of the high density of both cultural (Goethe, Schiller) and historic (Weimar republic, a former Nazi concentration camp close by) sights.

Understand

  • Tourist-Information Weimar, Markt 10 (right on the market square where the city hall (Rathaus) stands), ☏ +49 3643 745-0, fax: +49 3643 745420, ✉ tourist-info@weimar.de.

Get in

Weimar is a small town with lots of tourists, most of whom come in on buses for day-visits. Roads can be congested in the mornings and evenings.

By train

The best and most convienent way is by train. Deutsche Bahn offers direct long-distance-train connections from BerlinLeipzigErfurt and Frankfurt. Regional trains connect from Göttingen and JenaGera. 1 Weimar Hauptbahnhof is about a kilometre from Goetheplatz, in the city's center: you can

  • walk: A pleasant ten-minute stroll downhill is a good way to stretch your legs after the train-ride. Cross the square in front of the station and walk down Carl-August-Allee. Go around the right of the building at the end of this road (the Neues Museum), and continue walking in the same direction, now on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, continue across the crossing and you soon find yourself in the city centre.
  • take a bus: lines 2, 3, 3A, 3B, and 6 will bring you to Goetheplatz within a few minutes. One-way tickets cost €1.60.

Travelers with Thüringen-Ticket and VMT-Hopper-Tickets can use this ticket on the local transport, too.

By car

Weimar is connected to the Autobahn A4.

By plane

The nearest airport (ERF IATA) is in Erfurt and has been dubbed "Erfurt - Weimar airport" for tourism purposes but so far it has attracted mostly outbound holiday charter services.

Leipzig Halle Airport (LEJ IATA) is the closest airport for all intents and purposes. It is an international airport, with most major cities one stop away. from the airport take the S-Bahn to either Leipzig or Halle main-station (if you arrive in Leipzig you have to go up the escalators to change to long distance and regional trains, as the tunnel only serves S-Bahn) and change onto long-distance or regional trains there. The Sachsen-Ticket is valid for the S-Bahn as well as for all regional trains (RE and RB) in Saxony, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, so unless you are in a hurry it is probably your best option.

Otherwise you can also arrive at Frankfurt Airport (FRA IATA) and take a train from there. You may have to change trains in Erfurt, though. Flying to Frankfurt and taking the train from there is faster than connecting through Leipzig-Halle, at any rate.

By bus

Weimar also has some domestic bus lines passing through

Get around

Weimar is small and the best way to get around is by foot or by bike. The city has a public transport system but as a tourist you won't need it. At night taxis come in handy when you feel lost and they are used to cater to tourists.

See

Weimar is one of the most historic sites in Germany. It was home of Goethe and Schiller, two of the most famous German poets and writers. The first fully democratic German constitution that was enacted was passed in Weimar's national theatre, hence the name Weimar republic for the period of 1919-1933 in German history. Later Weimar became one of the centres of the Bauhaus architecture movement along with Dessau.

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is responsible for more than 20 sights.

  • 1 Bauhaus-University Weimar and the Haus am Horn, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8. part of the Bauhaus Sites protected by UNESCO
  • 2 Stadtschloss (City Castle), Burgplatz, 4. Home of the biggest sponsor of Goethe and Schiller. Art gallery.
  • 3 Anna Amalia Bibliothek. Unique library and art selection, famous for its rococo style. A fire in 2004 did great damage but the library reopened in 2007. Features the Rokokosaal (Historic Building and Rococo Hall)
  • 4 Nationaltheater. Foundation place of the first German democracy in 1918 and successor of the Weimar Hof theatre where Goethe's premiers took place. Well known theatre today.
  • 5 Park an der Ilm. A picturesque garden with Goethes summer house. Lie down on the lawn and enjoy the scenery.
  • 6 Belvedere. A charming park with summer castle a short distance to the south of the city.
  • 7 Goethe–Schiller Monument (on the Theaterplatz). This is a very famous statue of two of the most important German writers.
  • 8 Bauhaus-Museum, Theaterplatz. Weimar is the birthplace of Bauhaus
  • 9 Liszt House, Marienstraße 17. The composer Franz Liszt lived here. It is now a museum.
  • 10 Park Cave (entrance is near the Liszt House). A system of tunnels underneath the Park an der Ilm that can be visited. Adults €4.50, reduced €3.50.

Do

The best thing is to take a guided tour through the town as most buildings have a story. Either you have time or plan a tour through all buildings of interest.

  • Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar (DNT). Weimar's cultural institution for opera, theatre and concerts. There are six stages across the city.
  • 1 Buchenwald Memorial (just 10 km outside town; take bus no 6 for a 20 min ride), ☏ +49 3643 430200. The nation of thinkers and poets (Land der Dichter und Denker) became a country of judges and hangmen (Richter und Henker) in the period from 1933-45. To complement the experience of Weimar, the cultural capital, make a trip to the Buchenwald Memorial. This is a good experience to see how close genius and nightmare of German history can come. Free.
  • Weimar Haus: Das Geschichtserlebnis (The History Experience), Schillerstr. 16. This is an interactive multimedia tour (choice of languages) through Weimar's history from prehistoric times to the present. It features audio, video, wax figures and detailed sets you move through guided by famous historical figures. An excellent introduction to Weimar.
  • pèlerinages Kunstfest Weimar. Annual event during late summer, four weeks full of cultural events and activities.
  • Zwiebelmarkt. Traditionally a harvest market this is today Weimar's biggest fair, one weekend every year in mid October.
  • 2 University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, Platz der Demokratie 2/3, ☏ +49 3643 5550. Listen to a concert.

Buy

  • 1 Wiegand Manufactur Weimar, Jakobstraße 33, ☏ +49 3643 2510368. Th-Fr 14:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-13:00 and 19:00-22:00, Su-We closed. Buy or taste the gin they produce.

Eat

The market square is the home of the centuries-old and extremely tasty Thueringer Bratwurst, which can be bought at one of the many sausage stands during the day. It is widely considered a delicacy. The area is also famous for its cakes, such as the Zupfkuchen, all widely available generally costing around €1.

There are many good restaurants in the city catering to the tourist market selling all manner of cuisine, and with the compact nature of the city you can never be far away from the food you are wanting.

  • Pizzeria Da Antonio, Windischenstraße 33, Weimar. 10.00-24.00. A friendly, cheap Italian restaurant with 90 main dishes to choose from, including 45 types of pizza and many salads or pasta dishes. Average dish price €6-7.50, 0.5l of soft drink or beer around €2.50. Main dishes all between €4.50-9.00.
  • Lalaba, Rudolf-Breitscheid-Str. 2a, ☏ +49 3643 7468-28, fax: +49 3643 7468-30, ✉ mail@lalaba-catering.de.
  • C-Keller Galerie und Teestube, Markt 21, ☏ +49 3643 502755, fax: +49 3643 502840, ✉ postkasten@c-keller.de.
  • Zum Falken, Trierer Str. 7, ☏ +49 3643 505566, ✉ Franzi@zumfalken.de.
  • 1 ACC Café-Restaurant, Burgplatz 1, ☏ +49 3643 851161, ✉ post@acc-cafe.de. Daily 11:00–24:00; food: Mo-Fr 12:00-15:00 and 17:00-21:30, Sa-So 12:00-21:30.
  • Creperie am Palais, Am Palais 1, ☏ +49 3643 40158-1, fax: +49 3643 40158-2, ✉ info@creperie-weimar.de.
  • 2 Köstritzer Schwarzbierhaus, Scherfgasse 4, ☏ +49 36 43 77 93 37, fax: +49 3643 - 77 93 39, ✉ info@ksb-weimar.de.
  • Sushibar in Weimar, Schützengasse 9, ☏ +49 3643 492331, ✉ weimar99@hanmail.net.
  • Dal Pescatore, Jakobstraße 5-7, ☏ +49 3643 4 62 88 35.
  • 3 Brotklappe, Frauenplan 8, ☏ +49 3643 9002660. Mo-Tu, Th-Su 08:00-18:00, We closed. Local bakery. You can observe the bakers while enjoying a sandwich, cake or coffee.

Drink

In the Hauptbahnhof there is a snack bar where you may find an excellent iced tea.

Sleep

  • DJH Jugendherberge Am Poseckschen Garten, Humboldtstr. 17, ☏ +49 3643 850792, fax: +49 3643 850793, ✉ jh-posgarten@djh-thueringen.de. Near the historical graveyard, this hostel is a bit out of the way. A ten minute walk will bring you downtown, though, and bus-line #6 stops nearby too (Cranachstraße). ~€20.
  • Das Hababusch Hostel, Geleitstr. 4, ☏ +49 3643 850737, fax: +49 3643 402615, ✉ post@hababusch.de. Check-in: 9am, check-out: 10am-noon. Very central, affordable but a little grungy. It is altogether quite small, so it's a good idea to book ahead of time if possible. €12.50 (dm) / €17.50 (d) / €22.50 (s).
  • Labyrinth Hostel Weimar, Goetheplatz 6, ☏ +49 3643 811822, ✉ info@weimar-hostel.com. Central, Weimar's first private hostel. Prices from €13, a bed in a double costs from €20 (+tax, +linen fee).
  • 1 Comfort Hotel Weimar, Ernst-Busse-Straße 4, ☏ +49 3643 455-0. In the northern part of Weimar, 10 minutes drive from the city centre, and has its own free car park. Easy access A4 motorway (Autobahn A 4) or the local public transport system.
  • Best Western Premier Grand Hotel Russischer Hof, Goetheplatz 2, ☏ +49 3643 7740, fax: +49 3643-774840, ✉ info@russischerhof.bestwestern.de.
  • 2 Dorint Am Goethepark Weimar, Beethovenplatz 1-2, 99423 Weimar, ☏ +49 3643 8720, ✉ info.weimar@dorint.com. The hotel offers 143 rooms & suites. from € 97 per room/night.

Go next

  • Jena is just a quarter of an hour away by car, as is Erfurt.
  • The drive to Leipzig takes less than an hour.

With a direct connection (no change of trains), Göttingen can be reached in under two hours.

  • Halle, about 45 minutes away, has some great things to see. Largest city in Saxony-Anhalt, birthplace of Händel and has a few castles.


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