Weimar Germany: 1-day Itinerary

Weimar is a city in Germany located in the state of Thuringia.

It is famous as the center of classical German literature, where Luther, Cranach, and Bach lived and worked. In the 18th century Weimar was also home to Goethe, Schiller and Nietzsche.

Weimar GermanyWeimar Germany – Photo Credit: Dana Ward

How to spend 1 day in Weimar Germany

In this 1-day itinerary in Weimar, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Weimar

Start the day by visiting the Goethes Wohnhaus, where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived. Much of the furniture and accessories from the last years of Goethe’s life have been preserved.

Also visit Schillers Wohnhaus, the home of Friedrich Schiller, the attached museum houses a large collection relating to his life and work.

Head to Stadtschloss, located at the north end of Ilm Park. The Stadtschloss is home to the Schlossmuseum, a museum focusing on 15th- and 16th-century paintings and Weimar-related artwork.

Schloss Belvedere is a baroque summer palace and other attraction located 4.2 km (2.6 miles) from the historic center of Weimar.

Things to see

  • Goethes Wohnhaus
  • Schillers Wohnhaus
  • Stadtschloss
  • Ilm Park
  • Schloss Belvedere

Day 1 Itinerary Map

Sights in Weimar

1. Goethe House

Weimar Goethe House Germany

The Goethe House (Goethes Wohnhaus) is the place where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived between 1782 – 1789 as a tenant and between 1792 – 1832 as owner.

Many of the accessories of the last years of Goethe‘s life have been preserved.

Goethes Wohnhaus, Frauenplan 1, 99423

2. Schiller House

Schillerhaus Weimar

The Schiller House (Schillers Wohnhaus) was the home of Friedrich Schiller, famous for his poetry, as well as for his friendship with Goethe.

It was his home from 1802 until his death in 1805. The attached museum houses a large collection relating to his life and work.

Schillerstraße 12, 99423

3. Goethe und Schiller Archiv

Schiller Goethe Archiv Weimar

Goethe und Schiller Archiv is the oldest literary archive in Germany.

Due to the unique profile of its collection, it is recognized as one of the central archives of the world of German literature of the 18th -19th centuries.

Jenaer Str. 1, 99425

4. Stadtschloss Weimar

Stadtschloss Weimar

The Stadtschloss was the residence of the Dukes of Saxe-Weimar and Eisenach.

Since 1923 the building houses the Schlossmuseum, a museum focused on paintings from the 15th – 16th centuries and work of art related to Weimar.

Burgpl. 4, 99423

5. Schloss Belvedere

Schloss Belvedere Weimar

The Schloss Belvedere is a castle built between 1724 and 1732. Today it houses an art collection including porcelain and 18th-century paintings.

As a summer residence, its gardens had French-style between 1728 and 1748. After 1811, the gardens were converted to adapt the English style, as an “English Garden”.

Schloss und Park Weimar-Belvedere, 99425

6. Buchenwald

Buchenwald Germany

The Nazi Concentration Camp known as Buchenwald existed between 1937 and 1945.

More than 250,000 people of more than 50 nationalities have been imprisoned in Buchenwald and over 50,000 have not survived.

The memorial is located 10.2 km (6.4 miles) north of Weimar.

99427 Weimar

Where to stay in Weimar

1. Leonardo Hotel Weimar

Leonardo Hotel©Leonardo Hotel Weimar

The Leonardo Hotel Weimar is located 1.4 km (0.8 miles) from the Goethe House.

The hotel has 294 rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV and hairdryer.

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Belvederer Allee 25, 99425 Weimar, Germany

2. Best Western Premier Grand Hotel Russischer Hof

Best Western Premier Grand Hotel Russischer Hof©Best Western Premier

Centrally located, the Best Western Premier Grand Hotel Russischer Hof features a modern spa and a Viennese-style café.

All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk, electric kettle, and minibar.

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Goethepl. 2, 99423 Weimar, Germany

3. Dorint am Goethepark

Dorint am Goethe Park©Dorint am Goethepark

Located within walking distance of the Markt square and attractions such as the Goethes Wohnhaus museum and the Schiller-Museum, the Dorint Am Goethepark Weimar offers comfort and elegance.

The Bauhaus-style rooms are equipped with a TV, work desk, and minibar.

The hotel has a sauna, a gym, and a spa.

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Beethovenpl. 1/2, 99423 Weimar, Germany

4. Hotel Elephant Weimar, Autograph Collection

Hotel Elephant Weimar, Autograph Collection©Hotel Elephant Weimar, Autograph Collection

Hotel Elephant Weimar, Autograph Collection is a historic and elegant hotel located in the heart of Weimar.

The individually decorated rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, coffee maker, minibar and feature Bauhaus-era details and paintings.

The hotel has a gym, a sauna, and a restaurant serving traditional regional dishes and varied cuisine.

Markt 19, 99423 Weimar, Germany

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5. Hotel Hollerbusch

Hotel Hollerbusch©Hotel Hollerbusch

Hotel Hollerbusch is located within walking distance of the main attractions of central Weimar.

Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, work desk, kettle, coffee maker, and minibar. There are also apartments and studio options with a kitchenette.

The hotel has a gym, three saunas, and a spa.

Humboldtstraße 22B, 99423 Weimar, Germany

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6. Familienhotel Weimar

Familienhotel Weimar ©Familienhotel Weimar

Located in a wooden building in the center of Weimar, Familienhotel Weimar is an aparthotel that offers excellent value for money.

The aparthotel offers four types of apartments, all equipped with a flat-screen TV, kettle, coffee maker, kitchenette, and a balcony.

The aparthotel has a restaurant that serves dishes made with regional and seasonal products.

Seifengasse 8, 99423 Weimar, Germany

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Shopping in Weimar

1. Weimar Atrium

Weimar Atrium is a mall located in the center of Weimar within walking distance of the Bauhaus Museum.

The mall is home to brands such as Tom Tailor, Esprit, Bonita, New Yorker.

Friedensstraße 1, 99423

Plan your Trip

Weimar has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Leipzig, Erfurt.

Distances

Leipzig – 139 km (86.4 miles)

Erfurt – 23.5 km (14.6 miles)

Kassel – 168 km (104 miles)

Braunschweig – 253 km (157 miles)

Hannover – 266 km (165 miles)

Dresden – 198 km (123 miles)

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