For culture vultures

As we all know, there are many reasons to travel. But Thuringia’s cultural landscape can provide some of the finest. Here, world heritage sites line up close to each other. You can experience ‘Classical Weimar’ and the Bauhaus and see for yourself how alive history and tradition can be. There is a special atmosphere around authentic places linked with Luther, Bach, Goethe and Schiller as well as Wartburg Castle near Eisenach. And if you are not yet a ‘culture connoisseur’, you can become one in the process of travelling and start planning your next Thuringia trip – to attend a top-class concert, a magical opera performance or a one-of-a-kind festival.

Which cultural treasures do you want to discover?

Bienenwiese auf Schloss Tonndorf
Cycling in the Ilm valley

Bees in a sea of blossoms

Rambling roses and old fruit trees are a common sight in the middle valley of the Ilm river, which flows at a leisurely pace past rolling hills, idyllic villages and meadows buzzing with bees – perfect for a laid-back cycling trip.
Auf der Bühne des Ekhof-Theaters Gotha, Inszenierung „Marc´Antonio e Cleopatra“ von Johann Adolph Hasse
The Ekhof Theatre in Gotha

Travelling through time to the Baroque period

The enchanting moment lasts just under seven seconds. A bell rings - and the curtains move with a gentle rattle as if moved by magic. The cliffs rise up, and the forest approaches. Afterwards the opera begins without interruption. Welcome to the small Baroque world of the Ekhof Theatre in Gotha, a cradle of modernday theatre culture!
Cranach-Altar in der Kirche St. Peter und St. Paul in Weimar
On the trail of Cranach in Thuringia

Art and passion

Lucas Cranach the Elder was one of the most exciting artists of his time. He was friends with Martin Luther and printed flyers for the Reformation, yet he still had Catholic patrons …
Herzogin-Anna-Amalia-Bibliothek in Weimar, Rokokosaal
World Heritage in Weimar

A German Classic?

Weimar boasts a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage, with a total of 19 individual sites. The Classical Weimar ensemble comprises 16 locations, while ‘Bauhaus and its sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau’ includes three sites in Weimar. Weimar is steeped in culture; it offers encounters with literary history and celebrated intellectuals around every corner. The leading thinkers of the classical era were Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Martin Wieland and Gottfried Herder, but women such as the Duchess Anna Amalia and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna also had influential roles. We have brought some aspects of classical Weimar to life – featuring the people and stories associated with the individual locations.
Das Weingut Zahn, Blick von der Terasse in die Weinberge
Feine Weine, erstklassiges Restaurant, spannende Events

Das Weingut ZAHN

In der kleinen Gemeinde Kaatschen reiht sich ein Fachwerkhaus ans andere. Auf der einen Seite fließt die Saale gemächlich dahin, auf der anderen Seite liegen kleine Berge voller Weingärten. Schon die Ortseinfahrt ist ein Genuss: Über eine steinerne Brücke geht es über die Saale hinein in den Ortsteil von Großheringen. Hier, in dieser idyllischen Lage, liegt das Weingut Zahn – und hinter dem alten hölzernen Tor wird es noch ein kleines Stück romantischer: Hier befindet sich das Restaurant mit gemütlicher Terrasse. Wein rankt über den Köpfen der Besucher und bildet ein natürliches grünes Dach.
Frauen am Bauhaus

Die Avantgarde war auch weiblich

Das Bauhaus wurde von den unterschiedlichsten Protagonisten geprägt. Doch sind es zumeist männliche Vertreter wie Walter Gropius, Henry van de Velde oder Wassily Kandinsky, die unweigerlich mit der wichtigsten Kunstschule des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts in Verbindung gebracht werden. Doch was war eigentlich mit den Frauen? Obwohl deren beachtliche Anzahl etwa ein Drittel der Bauhäusler ausmachte, standen sie zu Unrecht im Schatten der Schule.
An interview with Rolf C. Hemke, artistic director of the Kunstfest Weimar arts festival

Weimar is a pocket-sized cultural hub

The Kunstfest Weimar arts festival is one of the town’s cultural highlights during the summer months. Internationally acclaimed artists join Weimar’s young, creative scene to transform its streets into a vibrant and inspiring stage. In this interview, the festival’s artistic director, Rolf C. Hemke, provides a fascinating look behind the scenes and also reveals which famous person from the past he would like to have coffee with.
Außenansicht Museum Neues Weimar
A conversation with curator Sabine Walter of the Museum Neues Weimar.

The Bauhaus didn’t come out of nowhere!

Around the turn of the 19th century, three major figures in Weimar were committed to establishing a glittering new era which they described as the ‘new Weimar’. A permanent exhibition dedicated to them opened at the Museum Neues Weimar in 2019. It portrays the emergence of the modernist movement and its role as precursor to the Bauhaus in Weimar using outstanding international examples of realist, impressionist and art nouveau works. We are talking to Sabine Walter, the curator who was instrumental in putting together the permanent exhibition ‘Van de Velde, Nietzsche and Modernism around 1900’ at the Museum Neues Weimar.
Windischenstraße in Weimar
Getting to know the real Weimar

Hidden gems of Weimar

Weimar is the home of German Classicism. But it is also so much more than that. Anyone who takes a leisurely stroll through its enchanting old lanes will discover a town full of charm, with secluded spots, friendly people and lovely little shops.
Bauhaus-Museum Weimar
Exploring the Bauhaus-Museum Weimar

Modernism cubed

As the saying goes, there’s no accounting for taste. The new Bauhaus Museum, which opened in Weimar in 2019, has certainly been controversial. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar foundation, together with the architect, Heike Hanada, opened the innovative building to coincide with the Bauhaus centenary in Weimar. Since then it has been home to the oldest Bauhaus collection in the world, compiled by Walter Gropius himself.
Eingangssituation Konzert von Vikingur Olafsson bei den Thüringer Bachwochen in Weimar
Thuringia Bach Festival

3 Questions to Christoph Drescher

With over 50 concerts at Eastertime, a whole region raises a sound. For the guests of the Thuringia Bach Festival it is exhilarating to listen to Bach´s music in authentic places. We have met the festival director for an interview.
Historischer Festsaal auf der Wartburg
Richard Wagner in Thuringia

Experience music and more in original settings

Wagner was no stranger to Thuringia. He visited the Venus Grotto and Wartburg Castle, where he found inspiration for his opera Tannhäuser, stayed in Meiningen with the duke and his family and obtained a fake passport in Jena. His legacy reflects the way he lived his life – bold, unconventional and full of drama …
Stelzen bei Reuth Festival, agricultural machinery symphony, romantic duet between saxophones and tractor engines ©Gregor Lengler, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
Stelzen bei Reuth Festival

A symphony with tractors

The Stelzen Festival (stilt festival), held in the far south-east of Thuringia, may well be the quirkiest music festival in Germany. Every year, the latest version of the ‘agricultural machinery symphony’ kicks off a whole weekend of music interspersed with a generous helping of humour.
Hauptgebäude der Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar (UNESCO-Welterbe)
Questions and answers on the Bauhaus

The Bauhaus concept

It originated in Weimar. And it went on to conquer the world – and our living rooms …
Kann das Bauhaus ein Klassiker sein?
A journey of discovery through Weimar and Thuringia

Modernist architecture – the Bauhaus.

“Square, triangle and circle – red, blue and yellow.” Form follows function. Timeless design, art, culture and modern architecture that are well ahead of their time? In 1919, the world is in upheaval.
Timeless classics

Bauhaus UNESCO World Heritage sites in Weimar

More than 100 years ago, the most influential art school of the early 20th century opened its doors in Weimar. Its founder, Walter Gropius, couldn’t have known back then that the revolutionary ideas of the Bauhaus would go on to conquer the world, and would continue to influence the work of many architects and designers to this day. Although there are authentic Bauhaus locations all over Thuringia, Weimar should be at the top of your must-see list, as it has three Bauhaus sites that were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996.
Blick auf Schloss Belvedere aus der Vogelperspektive
Weimar’s green spaces

Garden design on the river Ilm

“Paths are silent guides,” says Andreas Pahl, quoting the great landscape gardener Prince Pückler and points to a romantic, moss-covered stone structure flanked by a curved bridge – a picture-perfect ruin. The spruce trees nearby were by no means coincidental either. Weimar’s green spaces are admirable!
Ausstellung im Bachhaus in Eisenach
Johann Sebastian Bach in Thuringia

A life of music

Throughout his life, the most famous scion of the Bach dynasty, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), proved that musicians are a restless sort … Bach was born in Eisenach, while Weimar, Ohrdruf, Arnstadt and Mühlhausen had the good fortune to provide a home to his talent, even if his paymasters of the time did not always appreciate it.

Weimar – A German Classic?

Whether Goethe, Schiller and the Weimar Classicism, Modernism and Bauhaus, castles and gardens or the Quartier der Moderne - Weimar is a city for culture lovers. But it is much more: a place of enchanting old alleys, secluded corners and nice little shops.

 

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