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Goethe and Schiller Archives in Weimar

Since 1896, the Goethe and Schiller Archives - the oldest literature archives in Germany - have been housed in a building designed by the Weimar architect Otto Minckert on the model of the "Petit Trianon" in the Versailles Park. The building was commissioned by Grand Duchess Sophie to accommodate the hand-written legacies left by Goethe and Schiller. Under her patronage, the great historic and critical complete edition of Goethe's works, diaries and letters was prepared and published in 143 volumes between 1887 and 1919, called the Weimar or Sophie edition. The collection contains Goethe's major manuscripts, including the fair copy of Faust and the manuscripts of "Wilhelm Meister's Years of Travel", "Italian Journey" and "Fiction and Truth". The core of the legacy is the archives started by Goethe himself.
Today, 111 legacies, 11 items of institutional origin and a collection of autographs with the hand-writing of more than 3000 personages are kept in the Goethe and Schiller Archives. 

UNESCO World Heritage Site

As a major document of world literature, Johann Wolfgang Goethe's literary estate was included by the UNESCO in the list "Memory of the World" in 2001.

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Thuringia can be found at

Opening hours

Opening hours for use for research:

2 Jan.- 20 Dec.
Mon-Thurs 8.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri 8.30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

28 March - 15 Nov.
Sat/Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


  • Language: German



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Hans-Wahl-Straße 4
99423 Weimar

Telephone: +49 (0) 36 43 545 240
Fax: +49 (0) 36 43 545 241

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