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Early Bauhaus & Park by the River Ilm

Second day, second leg: You can see as many as seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. Ranging from Goethe to the Bauhaus - the beautiful Ilm Park is your starting-point for this tour, at the end of which you will already have visited 13 of the 20 World Heritage highlights in Weimar.

 

7/20: The day begins in a leafy cemetery, with a visit to the Princes' Burial Chapel, a mausoleum in Classicist style. Built from 1823 to 1828, it is the last resting place of Goethe (1832) and Schiller (1827) as well as royal personages. The Princes' Burial Chapel and the Historic Cemetery are part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8/20: To the east of the Burial Chapel, towards the Ilm Park, stands one of the most significant buildings of the Weimar Bauhaus era. The former College of Arts and Crafts was built from 1905 to 1906 for the "Grand Ducal-Saxon College of Arts and Crafts in Weimar" on the basis of plans drawn up by Henry van de Velde. The building was later used by the "Weimar State Bauhaus" and today Bauhaus University students study here. The interior features unusual lighting of the wide central winding staircase and three reconstructed wall paintings by Oskar Schlemmer. The former College of Arts and Crafts is part of the "The Bauhaus and its venues in Dessau und Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Weimar's Park by the River Ilm is Thuringia's largest landscaped park. It was laid out in the English style in the 18th century and has remained almost unchanged since.

 

Inconspicuous but important - the "Haus am Horn" was built in 1923 as a model house for the Great Bauhaus Exhibition.

 

Goethe managed the construction himself. With its four columns, the Roman House is based on temple design in ancient Rome.

Oskar Schlemmer's frieze of figures on the staircase of the former College of Arts and Crafts is 15 metres wide and up to 6 metres high.

 

Urban oasis full of treasures

11/20: Spend the rest of the day in the Park by the River Ilm. Walk over romantic bridges and enjoy the English charm of the landscaped park on the edge of Weimar's Old Quarter. This urban oasis was created between 1778 and 1828 with Goethe's help. One of the architectural highlights in the park is the Roman House. With its four-column Ionic vestibule, it is reminiscent of temple buildings in the ancient world and served Duke Carl August as a refuge. A few minutes' walk along the River Ilm stands Goethe's Garden Housesurrounded by luscious greenery. The poet lived in the former vintner's house for a total of six years and wrote here, for example, his famous ballad entitled "The Erl-King". The Park by the River llm, the Roman House and Goethe's Garden House are part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

12/20: Before you leave the park, the "Haus am Horn" is another essential item on your UNESCO tour. The inconspicuous flat building has gone down in architectural history as the prototype of New Living. The house has pivot-hung windows, central heating and one of the first fitted kitchens and is the only architectural testimony to the Bauhaus in Weimar. The "Haus am Horn" is part of "The Bauhaus and its venues in Dessau and Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site. .

Finish in the archive

13/20: End your day in the Goethe and Schiller Archive. Only a 15-minute walk away from the "Haus am Horn" stands the so-called treasure trove of German Classicism at the northern end of the Ilm Park. It is the oldest of its kind in Germany and houses, among other things, the literary estate of noted authors, academics, philosophers, composers and artists, including numerous letters, diaries and notes written by Goethe. An extra bonus: From the Archive you can enjoy a wonderful view of Weimar's Old Quarter. In 2001, the UNESCO added Johann Wolfgang Goethe's literary estate to the "Memory of the World" register as a significant document in world literature.

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