Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #3 in Weimar, Germany


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 20 sights
Distance 6.1 km
Ascend 124 m
Descend 110 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: Ilmpark

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The Park an der Ilm is a large Landschaftspark in Weimar, Thuringia. It was created in the 18th century, influenced by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and has not been changed much, preserving a park of the period. It forms part of the World Heritage Site "Classical Weimar along with other sites across Weimar bearing testimony to the city's historical importance as a cultural hub during the Weimar Classicism movement in the late 18th and 19th centuries".

Wikipedia: Park an der Ilm (EN), Heritage Website

300 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 2: Haus am Horn

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The Haus am Horn is a domestic house in Weimar, Germany, designed by Georg Muche. It was built for the Bauhaus Werkschau exhibition which ran from July to September 1923. It was the first building based on Bauhaus design principles, which revolutionized 20th century architectural and aesthetic thinking and practice.

Wikipedia: Haus am Horn (EN), Heritage Website

368 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 3: Goethes Gartenhaus

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Goethes Gartenhaus

Goethe's garden house in the park on the Ilm in Weimar was one of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's residences and workplaces. Since 1998, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the "Classical Weimar" ensemble. The Corona-Schröter-Weg runs past it. It stands at the foot of the Horn.

Wikipedia: Goethes Gartenhaus (DE), Heritage Website

530 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 4: Leutraquelle

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The Leutra springs are three karst and fault springs of the Leutra in the Park an der Ilm in Weimar. The source is located on the right bank of the Ilm south of the Sternbrücke bridge at the foot of the Horn. Two of the springs were artistically designed at the end of the 18th century as a sphinx grotto and as a so-called ox's eye. The Sphinx Grotto was built in 1784 at the behest of Duke Carl August by Martin Gottlieb Klauer, who created it according to designs by Georg Melchior Kraus. The ensemble is one of the oldest facilities in the park and is now part of the "Classical Weimar" World Heritage Site.

Wikipedia: Leutraquelle in Weimar (DE)

711 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 5: Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul

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The church of St Peter and Paul in Weimar, Germany, is also known as Herderkirche after Johann Gottfried Herder. It is the most important church building of the town, and is called Stadtkirche, opposed to the courtly Schloßkirche. It has been the church of a Lutheran parish since 1525, after the Reformation. The church is part of the World Heritage Site Classical Weimar, together with other sites affiliated with the Weimar Classicism movement. Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1998, these sites bear testimony to the cultural importance of Weimar during the late 18th and 19th centuries and the outstanding architecture that arose in response to the cultural values of the time.

Wikipedia: St. Peter und Paul, Weimar (EN), Heritage Website

311 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 6: Wittumspalais

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Wittumspalais is a museum in Weimar, operated by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. The building was a long-standing widow seat of Duchess Anna Amalia and during her lifetime formed a center of social and literary life in Weimar. It is located between Theaterplatz, Schillerstraße, the Zeughof and the Geleitstraße. The entrance road passing the Franciscan monastery from there in the middle of the old town is called Am Palais.

Wikipedia: Wittumspalais (Weimar) (DE)

152 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Goethe-Schiller-Denkmal

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The original Goethe–Schiller Monument is in Weimar, Germany. It incorporates Ernst Rietschel's 1857 bronze double statue of Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749–1832) and Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805), who are probably the two most revered figures in German literature. The monument has been described "as one of the most famous and most beloved monuments in all of Germany" and as the beginning of a "cult of the monument". Dozens of monuments to Goethe and to Schiller were built subsequently in Europe and the United States.

Wikipedia: Goethe–Schiller Monument (EN)

70 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 8: Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar

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The Deutsche Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar (DNT), or German National Theater and Weimar State Orchestra, is the most significant arts organization in Weimar. The institution unites the Deutsches Nationaltheater with the Staatskapelle Weimar. It plays on a total of six stages across the city. All sections of the theater and orchestra periodically give additional guest performances and appear in electronic media.

Wikipedia: Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar (EN), Website

275 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 9: Gänsemännchenbrunnen

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Since the 17th century, the wells in Weimar have supplied the inhabitants of the city of Weimar with water from the spring areas outside the city via an independent "tube travel system". Today, the cityscape is still dominated by about 30 historic and modern fountains. A special curiosity are the dog fountains suggested by Theodor Lüdde, a pharmacist and animal lover. In general, there are many fountains in Weimar's old town.

Wikipedia: Brunnen in Weimar (DE)

91 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 10: Schiller Museum

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The Schiller House Weimar is a museum operated by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar in the former home of Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805) in Weimar. In 1988, the new building of the Schiller Museum was erected behind the residential building, which is now used for special and temporary exhibitions of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.

Wikipedia: Schillerhaus Weimar (DE), Website

347 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 11: Goethe-National-Museum/Goethes Wohnhaus

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Goethe-National-Museum/Goethes Wohnhaus Owron / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Goethe-Nationalmuseum is a museum devoted to the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in the town of Weimar in Germany. Originally comprising the Goethe House, where Goethe lived intermittently for 50 years from 1782 to 1832, the museum was founded on 8 August 1885 as a result of the will of Goethe's last living heir, his grandson Walther von Goethe, who left the Goethe House to the state.

Wikipedia: Goethe-Nationalmuseum (EN), Website

241 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 12: Christoph Martin Wieland

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Christoph Martin Wieland

Christoph Martin Wieland was a German poet and writer. He is best-remembered for having written the first Bildungsroman, as well as the epic Oberon, which formed the basis for Carl Maria von Weber's opera of the same name. His thought was representative of the cosmopolitanism of the German Enlightenment, exemplified in his remark: "Only a true cosmopolitan can be a good citizen."

Wikipedia: Christoph Martin Wieland (EN)

266 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 13: Die Badende - Das Ei

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The Bather – The Egg is a 1.4-ton egg-shaped sculpture with a height of 1.26 m and a diameter of 0.79 m, which depicts a girl's figure bathing, in Carrara marble, from which the water trickles into a circular shallow and vaulted basin made of cobblestones. This is set up in the middle of the square of the university campus of the Bauhaus University in Weimar at Marienstraße 13–15, in an inner courtyard not far from the Mensa am Park. This ornamental fountain was created in 1983 by Hubert Schiefelbein. The square itself is covered with paving stones, which are arranged in a circle around the fountain, which further enhances the effect of the fountain. The egg itself is installed in the middle of a tube, which gives the impression that this sculpture is literally floating. In 2015, this sculpture was restored.

Wikipedia: Die Badende – Das Ei (DE)

125 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 14: Fakultät Architektur und Urbanistik- Hauptgebäude

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The Grand-Ducal Saxon Art School, Weimar was founded on 1 October 1860, in Weimar, Germany, by a decree of Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. It existed until 1910, when it merged with several other art schools to become the Großherzoglich Sächsische Hochschule für Bildende Kunst. It should not be confused with the Weimar Princely Free Drawing School, which existed from 1776 to 1930 and, after 1860, served as a preparatory school.

Wikipedia: Grand-Ducal Saxon Art School, Weimar (EN), Website, Heritage Website

78 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 15: Fakultät Kunst und Gestaltung - Van-De-Velde-Bau

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The Grand Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts Weimar was a private educational institution founded and financed by Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar on 1 April 1908 on the initiative of the Belgian architect Henry van de Velde, which existed in Weimar until 30 September 1915. It is not to be confused with its neighbouring former Grand Ducal Saxon Art School in Weimar. After the end of the First World War, her legacy was absorbed into the State Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919. The associated building, the School of Arts and Crafts built in 1906, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 as a Bauhaus site.

Wikipedia: Kunstgewerbeschule Weimar (DE), Website, Heritage Website

328 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 16: Museum für Ur-und Frühgeschichte Thüringens

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The Museum of Prehistory and Early History of Thuringia in Weimar combines a museum with a 1000 m² exhibition area and the Thuringian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments and Archaeology under one roof, which is the sponsor of the museum. The entrance to the museum is on Amalienstraße.

Wikipedia: Museum für Ur- und Frühgeschichte Thüringens (DE), Website, Website

345 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 17: Fürstengruft

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The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is one of the largest and most significant cultural institutions in Germany. It owns more than 20 museums, palaces, historic houses and parks, as well as literary and art collections, a number of which are World Heritage Sites.

Wikipedia: Weimarer Fürstengruft (EN)

77 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 18: Russisch Orthodoxe Kirche

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The Russian Orthodox Chapel is a funerary chapel built in Weimar in 1860 for Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia. It was constructed in the Historical Cemetery behind the Weimarer Fürstengruft, to which it is connected by an underground passage. Maria Pavlovna's coffin is located in the passage, with her husband Charles Frederick's coffin placed directly beside it. A spiral staircase leads to another underground connection to the Fürstengruft, though this is now closed by a metal plate.

Wikipedia: Russian Orthodox Chapel, Weimar (EN)

255 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 19: Hauptfriedhof

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The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is one of the largest and most significant cultural institutions in Germany. It owns more than 20 museums, palaces, historic houses and parks, as well as literary and art collections, a number of which are World Heritage Sites.

Wikipedia: Historical Cemetery, Weimar (EN), Heritage Website

1182 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 20: Kreuzkirche

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The Evangelical Lutheran Kreuzkirche in Weimar has been part of the local Evangelical Lutheran parish since 1928, and since 2009 a community of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany. Sacral building was originally consecrated in 1899 as the Church of England as Church Saint Michael and All Angels.

Wikipedia: Kreuzkirche (Weimar) (DE)


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