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About Weimar

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Located in central Germany, Weimar is famous for being the historical centre of the German Enlightenment. A home to influential and creative figures such as Bach, Goethe and Nietzsche, Weimar is an essential stop for anyone with an interest in Germany’s history and culture.

Weimar has a wide range of museums that highlight the influential figures who have called this city home. The Nietzsche Archive documents the life of the famous German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, featuring original works sourced from his sister. Elsewhere, the Goethe National Museum is dedicated to the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. You can learn all about his work from a collection on arts and nature, as well as a series of personal drawings.

Weimar is home to various examples of historical architecture. The city is renowned for being the birthplace of the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture, and the UNESCO-listed Haus am Horn was the first building based entirely on the school’s principles. Made of concrete and steel, the building went on to influence modern housing across the world. There's also the Church of St Peter and Paul, a Gothic UNESCO-listed landmark that has captivated visitors since 1500.


From $88 per night

This weekend

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From $167 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.09
Language German
Average weekend price $114 per night
Average weekday price $112 per night
Average stay 1 night

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Weimar is a great small city packed with history and I...

April 30, 2022

Weimar is a great small city packed with history and I certainly could have done with another day or two there. There is plenty for fans of classic German history (Schiller and Goethe) plus more modern times (Weimar Republic, New Weimar and Bauhaus for example) and everything is walkable. Also the Germany Bee Museum!

CleveDanMann United Kingdom

A quaint city of 65,000.

July 26, 2021

A quaint city of 65,000. Incredibly rich in art and literature. Beautiful buildings, lots of happenings in the streets, lots of pedestrian streets, and a wide choice of dining venues. I would say that it is an undiscovered jewel for those who look for a culture-rich travel experience.

George Greece

Historical old city with an interesting museum on Bauhaus...

January 3, 2020

Historical old city with an interesting museum on Bauhaus and lots of older buildings and some other museums. There is also a park in English landscaping style. Easily reached by railway or by car. If you are there, take some time to visit nearby Erfurt too.


I was made to feel very welcome.

December 13, 2019

I was made to feel very welcome. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I went to see things relating to Goethe and visited all the relevant places. A shame Frau von Stein's house and the Stadtschloss were closed. I had hoped the places that were open like Schiller's home and Goethe's places had been a little more furnished even if the furniture couldn't be authentic. It would have created a frienlier more lived in atmosphere.

Jutta United Kingdom

A surprising amount of interesting things for a town of its...

December 4, 2019

A surprising amount of interesting things for a town of its size. The new Bauhaus museum and exhibition is great, also Goethe's house and the Anna Amalia Bibliothek. We went on a great ramble through the Park an der Ilm and walked all the way to the Schloss Belvedere and back. Cultural activities good - classical music in the Weimar Salle. Nice cafes and restaurants - ACC restaurant and art gallery an interesting spot - there since 1988. Interesting bookshops. Well worth a visit.

Kathleen Ireland

So much history in a surprising small town.

November 2, 2019

So much history in a surprising small town. We were on a Bauhaus pilgrimage so were enthusiastic to wander in a charming town. Good museums and the German story of the republic and pre-war stories are told, then great new Bauhaus museum, and the City art gallery not to be missed.

Stephen Australia

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