Weimar

An increasing number of visitors are acquiring a taste for discovering Weimar and its surroundings by bike. The Ilm Valley Cycle Trail is one of the most popular in Thuringia. It connects the varied landscape of the Ilm Valley to the landmarks of classical Weimar. From Weimar you can ride at a leisurely pace to the UNESCO world heritage site Tiefurt Mansion and Park, then on to the Wieland Estate via Kromsdorf Castle and towards Oßmannstedt. Many hotels now offer bikes for hire, so visitors can spontaneously decide to go on a cycling trip during their stay in Weimar. And of course there’s something to challenge sportier cyclists – simply take the Town Chain or the Saale Cycle Trail as an extension – a real treat no matter what.

The 30-kilometre long Feininger Cycle Trail around Weimar has some extra special charms: it covers the various stages of the life of German-American painter, as well as the village churches that the Bauhaus master sketched hundreds of times and later turned into wood carvings and paintings.

Bauhaus Universität
Bauhaus Universität

Art and nature in the south of Weimar (Feininger Cycle Trail)

Art and nature in the south of Weimar (Feininger Cycle Trail)
In the south of Weimar are a few churches and villages which inspired the American painter Lyonel Feininger during the first third of the twentieth century. He also explored Weimar’s surroundings by bike. The cycle trail follows in Feininger’s footsteps through the “Middle Ilm Valley” nature park. Thanks to large glass displays, you’ll be able to compare the originals with the artistic interpretations directly. Between Vollersroda and Oettern there is a detour to the box-girder bridge and the mill store in Buchfart.

Length: approx. 30 km, 265 m difference in altitude, 2 – 3 hours

Challenges: one climb, mainly flat

Route
Weimar Central Station
Weimar: Bauhaus-Universität
Niedergrundstedt: “Niedergrunstedt Church” 1919
Gelmeroda, “Gelmeroda XIII” 1936
Possendorf, “Possendorf III”
Vollersroda, “Vollersroda Church” 1935
Buchfart, box-girder bridge and mill store
Mellingen, “Mellingen Church” 1920
Oberweimar, “Bridge I” 1913
Weimar, Bauhaus-Universität

Further information
Additional favourite scenes of the American artist are shown on display stands along the Thuringia Town Chain towards Erfurt and Jena, as well as on the Ilm Valley Cycle Trail as far as Apolda.

Bauhaus Museum

This museum lies opposite the world-famous Goethe and Schiller memorial on Theaterplatz. It is home to over 500 exhibits produced by masters and pupils of the famous avant-garde design school.

Address

Bauhaus Museum
Theaterplatz
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 545400
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

Belvedere Palace

The entire palace grounds, comprising the palace itself, the Baroque gardens, the former animal enclosure and the orangery were built in the eighteenth century for Duke Ernst August. Porcelain, glassware and historical furniture from the late seventeenth to nineteenth century are on display at the palace.

Address

Belvedere Palace
Schloss Belvedere
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 545400
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

Buchenwald memorial site

Between 1937 and 1945 more than 50,000 foreign prisoners and opponents of the Nazis were brutally murdered at Buchenwald. The memorial that stands there now is dedicated to the victims of the concentration camp and the later Soviet internment camp (Speziallager Nr. 2).

Address

Buchenwald memorial site
Buchwald 2
99427 Weimar-Buchenwald

Duchess Anna Amalia Library

This is one of Germany’s most famous libraries. The rococo hall with its historical books and sheet music has been restored to its former glory after a devastating fire and is open to visitors every day.

Address

Duchess Anna Amalia Library
Platz der Demokratie 1
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 545400
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

German Bee Museum

Unique in Germany: this permanent exhibition on the biology and cultural history of bees and on beekeeping also displays a major collection of traditionally designed bee hives. It is the oldest bee museum in Germany.

Address

German Bee Museum
Ilmstr. 3
99425 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 901032
www: www.lvthi.de

German National Theatre

With up to 600 performances a year this prestigious historical theatre dominates Weimar’s cultural calendar. The German National Theatre and the Staatskapelle Weimar orchestra attract lovers of music theatre, drama and concerts with renditions of classical and contemporary works.

Address

German National Theatre
Theaterplatz 2
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 7550
www: www.nationaltheater-weimar.de

Goethe and Schiller memorial

This is the most widely recognised landmark in Weimar. The statues of Schiller and Goethe have been standing shoulder to shoulder on Theaterplatz since 1857.

Address

Goethe and Schiller memorial
Theaterplatz
99423 Weimar
www: www.weimar.de

Goethe’s House

Goethe lived in this Baroque house on Frauenplan for 50 years. Today, visitors can see some of the rooms exactly as they were during Goethe’s time. Next door to Goethe’s House is the Goethe National Museum, which hosts a permanent exhibition on Goethe’s life and works.

Address

Goethe’s House
Frauenplan 1
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 545400
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

Goethe’s summer house

Goethe received the summer house as a present from Duke Karl August. It is located in the Park on the Ilm. For six years Goethe lived in these leafy surroundings, a period reflected in his works, such as the drama “Egmont”.

Address

Goethe’s summer house
Ilmpark
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 545400
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

Historical cemetery

This cemetery was built in 1818 in landscaped grounds and contains the royal crypt and a Russian Orthodox chapel. The tombs of Goethe and Schiller can be visited in the royal crypt.

Address

Historical cemetery
Am Poseckschen Garten
99423 Weimar
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

Liszt’s House

Between 1869 and 1886 Franz Liszt lived in the former court gardener’s house at the entrance to the Park on the Ilm during the summer months, giving piano lessons to his students from many countries. The historical upper floor is complemented by a modern, permanent exhibition on the ground floor.

Address

Liszt’s House
Marienstraße 17
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 545400
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

Park on the Ilm

Goethe played a part in the design of this park, which was created in the eighteenth century. The Roman House is just one of its many architectural treasures.

Address

Park on the Ilm
Weimar
Phone: 03643 / 545400
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

Schiller’s House

Friedrich Schiller lived in this house on Schillerstraße for three years. The historical building was extended to include a modern wing which houses the Schiller Museum and regularly organises themed exhibitions.

Address

Schiller’s House
Schillerstr. 12
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 545400
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

Town Church of St. Peter and Paul

The famous three-winged altar by Lucas Cranach the Elder was begun in the year before his death and completed by his son. The current church building was constructed as a late Gothic hall church with three naves.

Address

Town Church of St. Peter and Paul
Herderplatz 8
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 903182
www: www.ek-weimar.de

Weimar City Palace

The state rooms of this former royal seat are just as impressive as the collection of European art from the Middle Ages and the Reformation era up to the twentieth century. The palace was the seat of government and the residence of the dukes and grand dukes.

Address

Weimar City Palace
Burgplatz 4
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 / 545400
www: www.klassik-stiftung.de

Goethe Gartenhaus
Goethe Gartenhaus

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Tourist-Information

Weimar/ Weimarer Land

Markt 10
99423 Weimar
Germany

Phone +49 3643 / 7450
Fax +49 3643 / 745420

E-mail: tourist-info@weimar.de
Web: www.weimar.de

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