Once home to Goethe and Schiller, this small Renaissance town spawned both a fabled republic and the famously innovative Bauhaus art school. Between its intellectual and artistic heritage and its lush natural surroundings, the well-preserved Enlightenment center offers an escape from the modern world.
Founded by Walter Gropius in the heart of Weimar in 1919, the Bauhaus movement went on to have an unprecedented impact on 20th-century design. Discover the story of its origins and peruse sketches, sculptures, and mechanical figures by the likes of Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and other acclaimed masters and founding members of the school here in this pastel-hued house.
A stately, 18th-century summer palace just outside the city, the Baroque Schloss Belvedere came into its own under the Duchess Anna Amalia, and then her son, Duke Carl August, studied botany there with Goethe. In addition to its sprawling gardens – popular for picnics and bike rides – the palace itself has been preserved as a decorative arts museum, with a wing dedicated to the history of court hunting in the region.Learn More
An icon of both German theater and politics, the Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar, as it’s formally known, is one of the oldest theaters and orchestras in the country. Seeing a play here keeps in the tradition of Weimar’s own Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, while attending a concert honors the heritage of the likes of Strauss, Liszt, and Bach. As if that weren’t enough, the Weimar Republic was officially founded at an earlier incarnation of the theater, in 1919.Learn More
Lined with colorful Renaissance-era houses, Weimar’s scenic Marktplatz – or, market square – anchors the heart of Classical Weimar, the entirety of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The outdoor cafés, distinctive façades, lively open-air markets, and manicured flower boxes seem lifted from another era. Be sure to sample local specialties like Thuringian sausage, either on market day or at one of the popular eateries
Running for a kilometer along the River Ilm, adjacent to Weimar’s historic center, this 18th-century park was designed based on Goethe’s and Duke Carl August’s philosophies on landscaping. It remains one of the best-preserved examples of gardens from the period, as well as a popular spot for locals to bike, picnic, relax, and stroll along the river.
Named for Weimar's most famous patroness, the Michelin-starred Anna Amalia restaurant serves both local and Italian-inspired dishes from chef Marcello FabbriLearn More
The Elephant has been a meeting place for poets, musicians, and artists since it opened its doors in 1696, attracting the likes of Goethe, Bach, Gropius, and Thomas Mann.Learn More
Perched on the city's historic Marktplatz, the hotel occupies pride of place in Weimar, its cafe tables spilling out onto the square, its architecture among the most iconic.Learn More