The long-distance Thuringian Chain-of-Towns Cycle Trail is especially recommended for lovers of culture. Over a total length of 225 kilometres, you pass through several towns, including Weimar, each unique with cultural highlights. You can, for example, take a break in Eisenach and visit Wartburg Castle or stop in Erfurt to see the ensemble of St Mary's Cathedral and St Severi Church.
Weimar: a passion for culture
Weimar's reputation as a city of culture, art and the Modern Movement has been created by the famous people who chose to live there.
They were, for example, the German Classicist poets Goethe and Schiller, the music greats Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Liszt and the Bauhaus avant-gardists. This former royal city presents a fascinating past with places of interest dating from these eras.
Come and visit this city of culture and become a Weimar expert yourself!
Duchess Anna Amalia Library
Since 1998, the Library has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the "Classical Weimar" ensemble. As a research centre for European cultural and literary history around 1800, it preserves literature dating from the 9th to the 21st century as a source of cultural history and research.
In September 2004, the two upper stories of the building were completely destroyed by the spread of a smouldering fire in the attic. The Library has been open to visitors again since 2007.
Belvedere Palace and Gardens
In this elegant summer residence dating from the 18th century, a selection of exquisite arts and crafts is on show, consisting of costly faience ware, fine furniture and serpentine items from the late 17th to the 19th century. The exhibits originate from the Weimar ducal family.
The Palace is part of the "Classical Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Haus Am Horn
Weimar, the city of Classicism, boasts two ensembles enjoying UNESCO World Heritage status. It is not only the birthplace of German Classicism but also that of the Bauhaus art college, which celebrates its centenary in 2019.
As part of the first large Bauhaus exhibition in Weimar in 1923, the model house was built over a period of only four months in the street called "Am Horn". So it has gone down in architectural history as the "Haus Am Horn".
German National Theatre in Weimar
The German National Theatre (DNT) is among the most historic theatres in Germany and the home of one of the oldest orchestras in Germany - and the only "A" orchestra in Thuringia.
In the course of its eventful history, the theatre has repeatedly been the focus of both artistic and political developments. In 1919, the National Assembly met here for the first time.
World Cultural Heritage in Weimar
In Weimar, the World Heritage Sites can be found within just a small area. This city of culture boasts a total of 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The "Classical Weimar" ensemble consists of 16 venues, while the list for "Bauhaus and Its Venues in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau" includes 3 items in Weimar.
The birthplace of the Bauhaus movement
Not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also the most influential educational venue in the 20th century - Walter Gropius founded the State Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919 and created something completely new. This art college united art and craft for the very first time. Gropius had a dream of creating a new "building art". Each artist was to learn a craft and the students worked daily in college workshops - in a pottery, at weaving looms or in the metal workshop.
Artists, designers and architects all over the world are still influenced by these teachings today.
Thanks to the German National Theatre (DNT) and the State Orchestra, Weimar enjoys a wide repertoire of theatre and musical theatre, ranging from classical to contemporary, as well as concerts with top performers. There are more than 650 events annually at different venues, with an ongoing contemporary approach to German Classicism being equally as important as the development and first performance of new items.
Triennial of Modernism
At consecutive weekends, the three Bauhaus UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Weimar, Dessau, Berlin) are celebrating their avant-gardists. In Weimar, the Triennial of Modernism is offering architectural tours, workshops and conferences, exhibitions, concerts and films during one weekend. They include a lantern walk through Weimar at night, passing the city's Bauhaus venues.
Weimar Art Festival
The Art Festival is Thuringia's largest celebration of contemporary arts. The programme includes dance, theatre, concerts, literature and art projects. There are a large number of international guest performances as well as the Festival's own productions. The Art Festival is held as part of the Weimar Summer.
"Lesarten" Literature Festival in Weimar
This festival focuses on a certain topic every year. But nevertheless a very wide range of literature genres and formats are presented or read, extending from novels through autobiographies and reports to concert readings at very different venues in Weimar - such as the library of the Weimar Bauhaus University.
Thuringia Bach Festival
At the largest music festival in Thuringia specialising in Baroque music, authentic venues where Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked provide the stage and setting for top-class concerts.
Goethe Wine Festival
Every year, the Wine Festival in honour of Goethe is held at the time of Goethe's birthday (28 August 1749), since he was a self-confessed wine connoisseur. On Frauenplan in Weimar, an attractive small wine village is set up, where you can enjoy a glass or two in good company.
Summer Theatre in Tiefurt
When Goethe's 250th birthday was celebrated in 1999, his singspiel entitled "The Fisherwoman" was presented on the stage in the gardens of Tiefurt Palace, where it had been performed for the first time in 1782 with singer Corona Elisabeth Wilhelmine Schröter. Now the Tiefurt Summer Theatre is held annually as part of the Weimar Summer. Goethe's work and other plays too are performed here in the open air.
Strolling through the gardens
In and around Weimar, there are a number of parks, gardens and open spaces where visitors can enjoy pleasant walks. Whether a wallk in the gardens of a Baroque summer residence, following in the footsteps of a famous German poet in a countryside park or strolling in town gardens formerly belonging to the Duke's officials - as well as Nature and relaxation, most of the gardens offer a rich cultural programme. This ranges from palaces which can be visited through to the garden houses of poets or historic homes.