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Weimar is the town of Goethe and Schiller and is found in Thuringia (Thüringen) state, Germany.

Get in[edit]

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

By train[edit]

The best and most convenient way is by train. Deutsche Bahn offers direct connections from Berlin, Leipzig and Erfurt. 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 EUR 1.60.

By car[edit]

Weimar is connected to the Autobahn A4.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is in Erfurt [1] but few connections and high fares make it only feasible for business travellers.

The Leipzig Halle Airport (Flughafen) is the closest airport for all intents and purposes. It is an international airport, with most major cities one stop away.

Get around[edit]

Weimar is small and the best way is by foot or bike. Weimar has a public transport system but as a tourist you won't need it. Taxis are at night the best way when you feel lost and they are used to cater tourists.

See[edit][add listing]

Weimar is one of the most historic sites in Germany. It was home of Goethe and Schiller, the two most famous German poets and writers.

  • Bauhaus-University Weimar and the Haus am Horn, part of the Bauhaus Sites protected by UNESCO [2].
  • Stadtschloss (city castle) - Home of the biggest sponsor of Goethe and Schiller. Art gallery.
  • Anna Amalia Bibliothek - Unique library and art selection, famous for it's rococo style. A fire in 2004 did great damage but the library reopened in 2007.
  • Nationaltheater - Foundation place of the first German democracy in 1918 and successor of the Weimar Hof theatre where Goethe's premieres took place. Well-known theatre today.
  • Park an der Ilm - Picturesque garden with Goethes summer house. Lie down on the lawn and enjoy the scenery.
  • Belvedere - charming park with summer castle a short distance to the south of the city
  • Goethe- and Schiller-Memorial in the Theaterplatz - This is a very famous memorial for two great German writers.
  • Buchenwald - for a more somber outing, one can visit the famous Jewish concentration camp, just over the hill from Weimar in Ettersberg. It's a 20 minute bus ride from the train station. The Stalinist monument erected outside the camp once the Soviets took over is visible from the city.

Do[edit][add listing]

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

Inexpensive self-guided GPS audio walking tours are available from the tourist information section in English, French and German.

The nation of poets and thinkers (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 the short trip to the Buchenwald Memorial [3] just 10 kilometers outside town. This is a good experience to see how close genius and nightmare of German history can come.

An excellent introduction to Weimar is Weimar Haus: Das Geschichtserlebnis (in English, "The History Experience"). 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. Schillerstr. 16.

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.


In the Theaterplatz there is the Bauhaus-Museum, Weimar is the birthplace of Bauhaus.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

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 one euro.

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.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

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

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Labyrinth Hostel Weimar Goetheplatz 6, Tel.: 0178-7487579, E-Mail - Right in the center of town, a new youth hostel and Weimars first private hostel. Prices from 10 €, a bed in a double costs from 20 €
  • Das Hababusch Hostel, Geleitstr. 4, 03643 850737 (, fax: 03643 402615), [4]. checkin: 9am; checkout: 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).  edit
  • DJH Jugendherberge Am Poseckschen Garten, Humboldtstr. 17, 03643 850792 (, fax: 03643 850793), [5]. 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.  edit
  • Comfort Hotel Weimar (Comfort Hotel Weimar), Ernst-Busse-Straße 4 99427 Weimar, +49-(0)3643 / 455-0, [6]. The hotel is located in the northern part of Weimar, only 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. (51.011398891,11.331603527) edit
  • Best Western Premier Grand Hotel Russischer Hof, Goetheplatz 2, +49 (0)3643-7740 (, fax: +49 (0)3643-774840), [7]. The Hotel is located within the historical part of Weimar and all points of interest are within walking distance.  edit

Cope[edit]

  • Tourist-Information Weimar is located at Markt 10, right on the market square where the city hall (Rathaus) stands. Tel.: +49 3643 745-0, Fax: +49 3643 745420, E-Mail: tourist-info@weimar.de.

Get out[edit]

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 Handel and has a few castles.
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