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Goethe's Garden House in Weimar

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Goethe purchased the garden house and garden in April 1776, only a few months after arriving in Weimar. The garden house was his home and place of work until he moved to the house on Frauenplan in 1782 and continued to serve him as a "refuge" for almost another fifty years. It was opened as a museum in 1886. The garden house was radically renovated in 1995/96; the type of museum exhibits had changed several times and the interior decoration was restored to its original condition. A tour of the house consists of the kitchen, the so-called "Erdsälchen" (little earth room), Goethe's study and bedroom and two more rooms. The layout of the sloping garden is identical with that in Goethe's time.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Goethe's garden house is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site entitled "Classic Weimar", which, as unique testimony to the cultural epoch of Weimar Classic, reflects the outstanding role of Weimar as an intellectual centre in the late 18th and early 19th century.

Further UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Thuringia can be found at

Opening hours

1 January - 24 March:
 Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

25 March - 27 October:
 Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

28 October - 31 December:
 Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Special opening hours on public holidays can be found  here.



Detailed information

  • culture/history
  • literature/theatre/music


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Language: German



Contact information

Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Im Park an der Ilm
99423 Weimar

Telephone: +49 (0) 3643 54 54 00
Telephone: 03643/545402
Fax: +49 (0) 3643 41 98 16

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