Weimar is a must-see for any traveler following the paths of history, art and literature. The small town is idyllically located in Thuringia and is a treasure trove of Germany’s intellectual and cultural heritage.
A city trip to Weimar is like a time travel through different eras of German history. It is often referred to as the city of Goethe and Schiller, whose houses now serve as museums and offer a deep insight into their lives and works. But Weimar is more than just Goethe and Schiller. It is a place where the paths of important thinkers and artists such as Bach, Liszt, Nietzsche and many others crossed.
A highlight of any trip to Weimar is the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Classical Weimar,” which includes a number of sites associated with Weimar Classicism and the Bauhaus movement. The impressive Bauhaus Museum, which celebrates the city as the cradle of this revolutionary design and architecture movement, is a crowd-pleaser for any visitor to Weimar.
The charming park on the Ilm invites you to stroll around and at the same time offers cultural highlights such as Goethe’s Garden House. The Duchess Anna Amalia Library, which houses one of the most important literary collections of the 18th and 19th centuries, is something every book lover will not be able to resist.
On the northern edge of the city lies the Ettersberg, which at 482 meters is the highest mountain in the Thuringian Basin. The Buchenwald concentration camp memorial is located there.
Sights in Weimar
Travel information about Weimar
Erfurt airport, from which only a few airplanes depart, is located near the city. The nearest airports with international connections are in Leipzig (120 km) and Frankfurt a.M. (300 km).
In Weimar there are almost only trains of the regional traffic. These are operated by the Thuringian Railway, the Ilmbahn and the Holzlandbahn. The nearest train station with the possibility to get on long-distance trains is in Erfurt.
The city’s bus station is located near the German National Theater in Hoffmann-von-Fallersleben Street. From the bus station Weimar nowadays bus connections are offered to Weimar’s surroundings, e.g. to Niederzimmern, Blankenhain or Apolda but also connections, e.g. to Berlin.
The city is easily accessible via the federal highway A 4. The federal highway B 7 and the federal highway B 85 intersect in the city.
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By public transport
All 9 city bus lines leave from the central interchange station Goetheplatz. Another bus interchange is located at the main train station, from where lines to Weimar’s surrounding areas also depart.