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Weimar

Weimar
It is located in the Bundesland of Thuringia (German:Thüringen)
Its current population is approximately 62,000.
The oldest record of the city dates to the year 899.
Weimar is one of the great cultural sites of Europe, since it was the home to such luminaries as Bach, Goethe, Schiller, and Herder.
It has been a site of pilgrimage for the German intelligentsia since Goethe first moved to Weimar in the late 18th century. The tombs of Goethe, Schiller, and Nietzsche may be found in the city, as may the archives of Goethe and Schiller.
The period in German history from 1919-1933 is commonly referred to as the Weimar Republic, as the Republic's constitution was drafted here while the capital, Berlin, with its streets rioting after the 1918 revolution, was considered too dangerous for the National Assembly to convene.
Weimar was the center of the Bauhaus movement. The city houses art galleries, museums, the German national theatre, and the Bauhaus University. During World War II, there was a concentration camp near Weimar, at Buchenwald, a little wood that Goethe had loved to frequent.
UNESCO selected the city as cultural capital of Europe ("Kulturstadt Europas") for 1999.
On September 3, 2004, a fire broke out at the Duchess Anna Amalia Library. The library contains a 13,000-volume-strong collection of Goethe's masterpiece Faust, in addition to a music collection of the Duchess. An authentic Lutheran Bible from 1534 was saved from the fire. The damage toll measures into the millions of dollars. The number of books in this historic library exceeded 1,000,000, of which 40,000 to 50,000 were destroyed. The library belongs to the UNESCO world heritage, and is one of the oldest public libraries in Europe. The fire, with its destruction of much historical literature, amounts to a huge cultural loss for Germany, Europe, and indeed the world. A number of books were shock-frozen in the city of Leipzig to save them from rotting.

  • Last visit to Weimar: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 21, 2005
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    You have done a splendid job of presenting this city and its sites. The tour was informative and interesting. Thank you.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    Thank you for introducing Weimar to me. Armchair travelling a bit this morning ;-)

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2009 at 3:58 AM

    Peter, lovely little page about Weimar which we have visited at the beginning of this year. I hope you are doing well down there in Switzerland. :-)

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Great page! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was certainly an enlightened man and a brilliant writer.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2008 at 3:36 AM

    Thanks for showing something of the city! Thinking of maybe visiting here.

  • Jan 30, 2008 at 5:44 AM

    Interesting page! :)

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2007 at 6:41 AM

    Turkish Viagra: Didn't buy it / Don't Need it. All the men in my life don't require it! (Snicker...) And my travel buddy is Gayer than Hollywood. He still didn't buy it. We think (!!!) it is a Rip Off for gullible TOURISTS!

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2007 at 7:02 AM

    Hi peter, great insight into the town of weimar! So it is winter in switzerland now, here in singapore we have the rainy season now :)

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2006 at 12:14 AM

    enjoyed your page, good information. happy birthday - have a great day

  • Applelyn's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2006 at 5:52 AM

    Nice tips on Weimar...Detaied as well...thanks for sharing

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