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Tour of Weimar's Old Quarter

First day, first leg: Some of the most famous Weimar UNESCO World Heritage Sites are on your programme today. At walking pace, you will go to the cultural history "classics" in the centre of the town. By the end of your tour, you will already have seen 6 World Heritage highlights out of the 20 in Weimar.


1/20: You begin your day at the Duchess Anna Amalia Library. It was named after Anna Amalia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, thanks to whose sponsorship many leading artists and philosophers came to Weimar in the 18th century. Founded in 1691, the Library is today one of the most famous in Germany and houses literary testimonies from the 9th to the 21st century. The historic library building with its famous Rococo Hall is part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The home of two poets

2/20: Only a five-minute walk away is the house built in Baroque style where the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived for almost 50 years. Until his death in 1832, he wrote most of his poetic, scientific and biographical works here. The furnishings in the rooms where he worked have remained unchanged up to the present day. Goethe's home is part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3/20: A few steps up the road, you cannot fail to see a town house with an attractive yellow facade. This is where the poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller, one of Goethe's closest friends, lived until his early death in 1805. In his study in Weimar, Schiller completed the plays "The Bride of Messina" and "William Tell". Schiller's home is part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1.08 million books are stored at the Anna Amalia Library, a research library for the history of literature and art which is open to the public and stands at the heart of Weimar.


All the year round, the marketplace in Weimar is a popular venue for local residents and tourists alike.


It was built as early as the 13th century - the town church of St Peter and St Paul, also commonly known as the Herder Church.

A visit to the Weimar home of the poet Friedrich Schiller provides an intimate insight into the life of the literary genius.


Take a break in the "Avenue of Maples"

4/20: Walk on along Schillerstrasse and enjoy the flair of shops, coffee houses and large maple trees, which line the pedestrian precinct like an avenue. Stop for a lunchtime snack or continue directly to Theaterplatz, where you will find Goethe's and Schiller's stone monument. They are both looking at the Wittums Palace. This pearl of Baroque art was once occupied by Duchess Anna Amalia and today provides a graphic picture of court life in Weimar in the 18th century. The Wittums Palace is part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5/20: A short walk to the east and you will soon see from afar the brilliant white facade of the Late Gothic town church of St Peter and St Paul (Herder Church). Its main attraction is the winged altar which was begun in 1552 by Lucas Cranach the Elder and completed by his son. Here Martin Luther repeatedly preached and Johann Sebastian Bach often played the organ. Together with the Herder House, the church is part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6/20: You are an art lover? Then end your day in the Weimar Palace Museum. In the historic palace rooms, you can see the former Grand Duke's art collection, ranging from the Middle Ages to the turn of the century around 1900. Highlights are the Cranach Gallery or the works of Caspar David Friedrich. The Weimar Palace complex is part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Source of inspiration?

Source of inspiration?

Did you know that Friedrich Schiller loved apples? No, he didn't eat them but simply left them to rot. Brown apples lay all around his study. Even his desk drawers were full of the rotten fruit, because the smell helped him to think. In the Schiller House today, there is, of course, no reminder of this habit. But the idea is amusing - and relativises our image of a great man with small foibles - a source of inspiration?