Located in the Bundesland of Thuringia, in East Germany, Weimar is well known for its rich cultural heritage. It is here that the first democratic constitution of Germany was signed after the First World War. It would be best to describe the city in the famous poet, Goethe’s words, “Here, you feel as grand and free as the wondrous nature before your eyes.”

The beautiful scenery of Weimar is sure to keep you awe-stricken, including various country parks and historical gardens, some of which find place in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The traditional festivals too are sure to keep you glued and make you fall in love with the city all the more.

Weimar, Castle Belvedere

Weimar, Castle Belvedere

Weimar main tourist attractions

Park on the Ilm: With Goethe’s close involvement in the layout of this park, its classical and post-classical attributes are but natural. The main feature is its various lines of sights, and at the same time you should not miss seeing the Roman House, which is an example of its most unique architectural feature.

Garden at Goethe’s House: This garden was used by Christiane Vulpius, Goethe’s wife, to grow vegetables and fruits for the household. Goethe also executed few botanical experiments here. It is since 1820 that the plant arrangements in the garden have been preserved.

Goethe’s Home: It is certainly a must go for anyone visiting Weimar. This Citizen’s House was built in Baroque style in 1709. Goethe resided there as a tenant from 1782-1789, and as an owner from 1792-1832. The structure and furnishings of the room was planned by the poet himself.

Belvedere Palace: Created in strict French style, this palace was laid out in Duke Ernst August’s day. Many original buildings got demolished and gardens got transformed as per the English landscape approach, in the late eighteenth century. However, certain places are still preserved, like the orangery, gardener’s house and cavalier’s house.

Goethe’s Summerhouse: The Duke had bought it for Goethe, and the poet resided here till he moved to his house on Frauenplan. After the death of Goethe, it is considered a shrine for his admirers.

Church of St. James (Jakobskirche): The single-nave baroque church was built in 1713 after the demolition of its dilapidated predecessor. It became the garrison church in 1728 and the court church after the palace fire. Goethe and Christiane Vulpius were married in the sacristy on 19 October 1806

Must Visit: There are many other tourist spots in Weimar that deserve mention, including Goethe’s Star Garden, Artist’s Garden, Garden at Kirms-Krackow House and Buchenwald Memorial.

Weimar old town

Weimar old town

Markets and Festivals:

Weimar is replete with festivals and activities that you should surely be a part of. Onion Market is held every October, with onion being the star of the event. However, these are not just simple onions presented for a glance. You shall get to see onions plaited together in traditional manner and adorned with dried flowers. The Flower Market and Potter Market are also very famous, and so is the Wine Festival.

Transport, Food And Lodging

Weimar has city bus routes, which serves all the villages and annex towns as well. The closest airports are Leipzig-Halle, Erfurt and Leipzig-Altenburg. You may either choose to stay in one of the hotels or guesthouses. Some of the well-known hotels include Acarte, Alt Weimar, Am Frauenplan, and Amalienhof.

Those who desire to stay in a guesthouse may opt in from AAs Appartmenthaus Am Schloss, Alter Zausel, Altes Stadtgut and others. You can enjoy scrumptious food in the various Weimar restaurants, including, Ratskeller, Shakespeares and Hotel Elephant.