Weimar is an ancient city in the central part of Germany. For centuries it has been known as the economic, political and cultural center of the German counties and states.

The city of Weimar, after which an entire historical period from 1919 to 1933 is named. (Weimar Republic), located in Thuringia (central part of the country). Its population is 65 thousand people. The city covers an area of 84 sq. km, divided into 12 districts.

This is one of the most ancient and well-studied cities in Germany in terms of history. For example, in the southern part of Weimar, scientists have found traces of Neanderthals.

Weimar is one of the largest cultural centers in Europe, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, at the turn of the 18th-19th centuries, German classicism was born, the great poets Goethe and Schiller, the composer Liszt and the philosopher Nietzsche worked. People come to cozy Weimar to see the unique palace and park ensembles, sit in Goethe’s favorite tavern, and also taste an unusually delicious onion pie at the onion fair, which has been held in Weimar since the middle of the 17th century.

The town of Weimar on the banks of the river Ilm was first mentioned in historical documents of the 10th century. For several centuries it was a small provincial town. In the 16th century, it received the status of the main city of the Duchy of Saxe-Weimar. It was then that the first palaces, hunting residences and extensive parks began to be built here.

At the beginning of the 18th century, Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked as an organist in Weimar. However, the real fame came to the city at the turn of the 18th-19th centuries, when the great poet and outstanding educator Johann Wolfgang Goethe arrived here. In 1775, Goethe, who had become famous by that time, was invited by the Grand Duke Karl Alexander of Saxe-Weimar. The poet settled in Weimar, where he remained until the end of his life and where he wrote Faust. There is a legend that there are almost no ancient buildings in Weimar where Goethe has not been. Tourists today are offered a route to places related to the life and work of the great German. Here are just some of the milestones along the way: the poet’s house-museum on Frauenplan, his favorite tavern “White Swan”, Tifurt Castle, a monument in front of the German National Theater, which for many years was headed by Goethe. Another honorary citizen of Weimar, Friedrich Schiller, is also immortalized in bronze there. The route ends at the ancient cemetery, where both poets are buried in the prince’s sarcophagus.

Modern Weimar, despite its modest size, is full of all kinds of sights. Even the local restaurants are somehow reminiscent of the famous Weimarians. For example, the tavern Zum Weißen Schwan (At the White Swan), which serves traditional Thuringian dishes, is called Goethe’s favorite place. This 450-year-old boarding house is one of the oldest in Europe and has been featured in the Michelin Guide. At various times, composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt, Cranach artists, poet Friedrich Schiller and members of the Danish and Japanese royal houses stopped and dined here.

Among the highlights of the local cuisine is the Thuringian sausage with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes (Thüringer Bratwurst mit Schmandsauerkraut und Kartoffelpüree). As well as Goethe’s favorite dish, which is on the menu – Goethes Lieblingsgericht. This is boiled beef with green frankfurt sauce. To spice up such a hearty meal is a special beer brewed at the tavern “White Swan” (Schwanenblond).

In the summer, a wine festival (Weimar Weinfest) is held in Weimar in honor of Goethe’s birthday. The main August festivities, including tastings and the selection of the queen of the festival, take place right in front of the house where the great poet lived. Another gastronomic attraction of Weimar is the colorful and fragrant Onion Fair (Zwiebelmarkt). Fair festivities cover the whole city. This festival, which has been held every year since 1653 on the second weekend in October, features mouth-watering onion pie, another of Goethe’s favorite dishes. In addition, here you can taste the traditional onion soup, onion casserole, onion bread and a very specific onion ice cream. In winter, the traditional Weimarer Weihnacht Christmas market unfolds in the historic center of Weimar.

Picturesque Weimar on the banks of the Ilm River, surrounded by amazing parks and ancient palaces, filled with the poetry of Goethe and Schiller, the music of Bach and Liszt, continues to delight all visitors. In this city there is a place for everyone: from discerning connoisseurs of opera, architecture and literature to fine connoisseurs of the national traditions of German cuisine and lovers of gastronomic festivals.

Weimar’s central location in Thuringia and the Thuringian Chain of Cities ensures quick access by car, train or plane. Only a few kilometers separate the city from the neighboring regional centers of Erfurt and Jena.

The city is connected to an important east-west axis, the A4 autobahn (Frankfurt-Dresden), via the Weimar interchange. The Erfurter Kreuz (A4-A71) and Hermsdorfer Kreuz (A4-A9) motorway junctions can be reached in less than an hour.

From the Kulturbahnhof Weimar to the ICE Erfurt interchange it takes about 15 minutes.

Erfurt-Weimar Airport is only 30 km away.

Weimar land is considered to be a region of innovative developments.


The area of Weimar Land, previously characterized by agriculture, handicrafts and the knitting industry, has developed over the past 20 years into a commercial and industrial location with a wide range of industries. 28 developed and subsidized commercial and industrial areas along the A 4 and federal roads B 7, B 87 and B 85 are home to mainly small and medium-sized companies in the food, plastics/chemicals, metalworking, machine and instrument engineering, optical industry and logistics, construction and building materials, leather and knitwear industry.

In order to join forces and promote common interests, the city acts as a partner in various cooperation.

The Weimar/Weimar Land Master Plan contains a forward-looking concept for the development of the economic zone in Weimar/Weimar Land. Joint projects and events promote cooperation between the city and the district. Unified external marketing and regional networks have been created.

Weimar is part of and the geographical center of the impulse region of the cooperation zone. Together with partners in Erfurt, Jena and the Weimar region, measures are implemented from the concept of economic development.

We will be glad to meet dear guests from near and far abroad on our cultural and business tours. Do not hesitate to contact us about the cooperation bridge for information.


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