The two-wing Baroque building with its private accommodation and reception rooms is a testimony to aristocratic living style in Weimar at the end of the 18th century. Room design and ceiling paintings, furnishings and objets d'art combine harmoniously to create a "picture book of good taste". Originally built for Weimar Minister von Fritsch in 1767-69, it was used as a town residence by Duchess Anna Amalia after the fire in the town palace. After her death, it became the guest house and meeting-place of the Amalia Masonic Lodge. The first Thuringian state parliament met here and from 1848-1860 it housed the Reading Museum. The Round Table Room was used for social events by prominent citizens.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Wittums Palace is part of the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site, which bears unique testimony to the cultural epoch of Weimar Classicism and reflects Weimar's outstanding role as an intellectual centre in the late 18th and early 19th century.
Other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Thuringia can be found at unesco.thueringen-entdecken.de.