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"Weimar" Land Thüringen Things to Do Tip by Leipzig

Land Thüringen Things to Do: 62 reviews and 177 photos

  Goethe and Schiller
by Leipzig

Weimar, with a population of about 60.000 lies in central Thuringia on the Ilm River. It was founded in the 10th century and became capital of Saxe-Weimar in 1547. In 18th and the first decades of 19th century the city was Germany’s cultural center and the residence of such outstanding literary figures as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Gottfried von Herder, Friedrich von Schiller, and Christoph Martin Wieland. Following World War I, the German National Assembly was meeting in Weimar and established the German Republic, known also as the Weimar Republic. During World War II, the National Socialist government of Germany operated one of the largest and most notorious concentration camps in nearby Buchenwald. Today, Weimar projects a medieval quality, with its many narrow streets and old, gabled houses, and it is the site of numerous architectural landmarks.


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  • Updated Feb 24, 2010
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