Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Weimar, Germany


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 5 sights
Distance 1.1 km
Ascend 25 m
Descend 39 m

Explore Weimar in Germany with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Individual Sights in Weimar

Sight 1: Große Grotte

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The Great Grotto on the western southern slope of the park of Belvedere near Weimar is an artificial ruin built around 1815. Its basic body came from the "Grotto with Water Jokes", which is still in the reign of Duchess Anna Amalia, which was given the shape of a dilapidated chapel through which the wind howls through various extensions and conversions. An Aeolian harp once on the porch reinforced the impression. The design corresponds to the park architecture of the Age of Romanticism. In a niche of the ground floor there is a wall fountain. Through a lattice door, the interior of the ground floor can be viewed. On the upper plateau, a gazebo offers a view of the Possenbachtal. A bridge over an arch leads up to it. In the 1970s and 1990s, their condition required safeguards. In 2014, restoration work on the Great Grotto continued.

Wikipedia: Große Grotte (Weimar) (DE)

334 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 2: Eishaus

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In the park of Belvedere (Weimar) near the road to Possendorf and Vollersroda is the ice house, built around 1863, with a stone bench and flower basket. The flower basket is located opposite the stone bench. The stone bench does not have a backrest, but volutes on the seat. The legs are decorated with triglyphs. Both are made of sandstone. It was created during the reign of Grand Duke Carl Alexander, for whom this was, so to speak, the refrigerator. After this, there were no significant changes in the park of Belvedere.

Wikipedia: Eishaus (Weimar) (DE)

212 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 3: Russisches Heckentheater

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The Russian Hedge Theatre or Green Theatre was built in 1823/24 in the Belvedere Palace Park. It is an extension of the Russian Garden, which was established there from 1811 onwards and was set up as a new facility behind the Soot Garden by Carl Friedrich of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach for his wife Maria Pavlovna, modelled on the Tsar's residence in Pavlovsk near St. Petersburg.

Wikipedia: Russisches Heckentheater (Weimar) (DE)

169 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: Schloss Belvedere

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The Baroque palace Schloss Belvedere on the outskirts of Weimar, is a pleasure-house (Lustschloss) built for house-parties, built in 1724–1732 to designs of Johann August Richter and Gottfried Heinrich Krohne for Ernst August, Duke of Saxe-Weimar. The corps de logis is flanked by symmetrical pavilions. Today it houses part of the art collections of Weimar, with porcelains and faience, furniture and paintings of the eighteenth century. As the summer residence, its gardens, laid out in the French style in 1728–1748, were an essential amenity. A wing of the Orangery in the Schlosspark contains a collection of historical carriages.

Wikipedia: Schloss Belvedere, Weimar (EN), Website, Heritage Website

398 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 5: Gärtnerei

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The nursery at Belvedere near Weimar is significantly larger than that of the park on the Ilm, which is located in the area of the Liszt House, because the need for flowers is much greater than there and cannot be met by the orangeries alone. The foundation of the nursery probably took place around the year 1730. The court gardener Johann David Gentzsch was commissioned in 1730 to create gardens. This also required numerous flowers.

Wikipedia: Gärtnerei (Belvedere Weimar) (DE)


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