Weimar

Marketplace
Cranach house

Weimar is the town of Goethe and Schiller and is found in Thuringia (Thüringen) state, Germany. It is one of the all-time favorites with German school classes (or rather their teachers) because of the high density of both cultural (Goethe, Schiller) and historic (Weimar republic, a former Nazi concentration camp close by) sights.

Get in

Weimar is a small town with lots of tourists, most of whom come in on buses for day-visits. Roads can be congested in the mornings and evenings.

Railway station

By train

The best and most convienent way is by train. Deutsche Bahn offers direct long-distance-train connections from Berlin, Leipzig, Erfurt and Frankfurt. Regional trains connect from Göttingen and Jena, Gera. Weimar Hauptbahnhof is about a kilometre from Goetheplatz, in the city's center: you can

Travelers with Thüringen-Ticket and VMT-Hopper-Tickets can use this ticket on the local transport, too.

By car

Weimar is connected to the Autobahn A4.

By plane

The nearest airport is in Erfurt but few connections and high fares make it only feasible for very few people.

Leipzig Halle Airport (IATA: LEJ) is the closest airport for all intents and purposes. It is an international airport, with most major cities one stop away. from the airport take the S-Bahn to either Leipzig or Halle main-station (if you arrive in Leipzig you have to go up the escalators to change to long distance and regional trains, as the tunnel only serves S-Bahn) and change onto long-distance or regional trains there. The Sachsen-Ticket is valid for the S-Bahn as well as for all regional trains (RE and RB) in Saxony, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, so unless you are in a hurry it is probably your best option.

Otherwise you can also arrive at Frankfurt Airport (IATA: FRA) and take a train from there. You may have to change trains in Erfurt, though.

By bus

Weimar also has some domestic bus lines passing through

Get around

Weimar is small and the best way to get around is by foot or by bike. The city has a public transport system but as a tourist you won't need it. At night taxis come in handy when you feel lost and they are used to cater to tourists.

See

Lobby of the Bauhaus University of Weimar

Weimar is one of the most historic sites in Germany. It was home of Goethe and Schiller, two of the most famous German poets and writers. The first fully democratic German constitution that was enacted was passed in Weimar's national theatre, hence the name Weimar republic for the period of 1919-1933 in German history. Later Weimar became one of the centres of the Bauhaus architecture movement along with Dessau.

Do

The best thing is to take a guided tour through the town as most buildings have a story. Either you have time or plan a tour through all buildings of interest.

The nation of thinkers and poets (Land der Dichter und Denker) became a country of judges and hangmen(Richter und Henker) in the period from 1933-45. To complement the experience of Weimar, the cultural capital, make the short trip to the Buchenwald Memorial just 10 kilometers outside town. This is a good experience to see how close genius and nightmare of German history can come.

Eat

The market square is the home of the centuries-old and extremely tasty Thueringer Bratwurst, which can be bought at one of the many sausage stands during the day. It is widely considered a delicacy. The area is also famous for its cakes, such as the Zupfkuchen, all widely available generally costing around €1.

There are many good restaurants in the city catering to the tourist market selling all manner of cuisine, and with the compact nature of the city you can never be far away from the food you are wanting.

Drink

In the Hauptbahnhof there is a snack bar where you may find an excellent iced tea.

Sleep

Cope

Go next

With a direct connection (no change of trains), Göttingen can be reached in under two hours.


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