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Bauhaus Campus and Castle Hopping

Third day, last leg: This tour is the finale of your three-day UNESCO journey of discovery in Weimar and focuses completely on impressive buildings. Whether Bauhaus or castle - you will be amazed and will at the end have seen all 20 World Heritage highlights in Weimar.


14/20: Today you start your day at the uni, not as a student but as a visitor to the central building of the Weimar Bauhaus University. Take your time and walk around the campus. International students, modern architecture and unconventional cafés - you will feel it everywhere, the "Bauhaus spirit".

Famous Van de Velde building

Look at the central building from the outside - it was built from 1904 to 1911 on the basis of Henry van de Velde's plans and was the place where the Bauhaus was founded in 1919. Today, students of architecture and urbanistics study here. In the building itself, the reconstructed study where Bauhaus director Walter Gropius worked can be seen (by appointment). It is considered the first Modern Movement holistic room composition in the world. The central building of the Weimar Bauhaus University is part of the "The Bauhaus and its venues in Dessau and Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Belvedere Palace near Weimar is one of the most attractive royal residences in Thuringia.

A palace dating from the early 18th century at the edge of a forest - Ettersburg Castle is about seven kilometres from the gates of Weimar.


Formerly a place of inspiration for Weimar's court society and its guests - the English park in the grounds of Tiefurt Castle.


It is one of the most important Art College buildings dating from the turn of the century - the central building at the Bauhaus University.


Tip for lunch: Only a few steps away from the campus ist the Refectory in the Park. As a visitor, you can enjoy lunch in the midst of Bauhaus students and under an impressive lighting system, which was also installed in the "Palace of the Republic" in Berlin.


20/20: For the afternoon of this tour, you will need to use a car or public transport, because you will be visiting the area around Weimar. As many as two castles and a palace with adjoining grounds surround the town of Classicism - Belvedere Palace, Ettersburg Castle and Tiefurt Castle. It is up to you which you choose , but whatever you decide - they are all worth a visit.

The palace and castles of the dukes

Belvedere Palace stands on high ground to the south of Weimar and was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for Duke Ernst August. Today it boasts a royal porcelain exhibition, an orangery and a Baroque park in the French style with water and grotto features. The palace complex is a great attraction and is sometimes called the "Sanssouci of the Dukes of Weimar". The palace grounds with the palace and the orangery are part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ettersburg Castle served as a hunting lodge and summer residence of the royal family and has an eventful past. Bach played here, the first performance of "Iphigenie" was staged here and Schiller worked on his "Mary Stuart" here. Today the complex is used as an event venue and there is also a restaurant in the magnificent building. The castle grounds located on an incline cover six hectares and are ideal for a long walk in a forest-type environment. Ettersburg Castle with its grounds is part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tiefurt Castle is a real rural paradise. Standing in a romantic river location, it presents a charming picture of life and garden culture in the 18th century. Duchess Anna Amalia spent the summer in this small country castle and she was the one who made the landscaped park into the jewel which it is today. Visitors should not fail to explore it, with its numerous monuments and paths. Tiefurt Castle with its grounds is part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.