Weimar, Germany, an Unexpected Surprise

Two days in Weimar isn’t enough. Known for its famous writers, composers and artists, Weimar offers plenty of museums and cultural experiences. The Market Square, the heart of town, is buzzing with activities, from theater groups to food vendors and local artisans. 

WHERE TO START

The Town Hall, Lucas Cranach House, Tourist Information Center (Markt 10, Weimar) and Hotel Elephant flank the Market Square. Explore streets that meander off the square to find plenty of restaurants, local shops and museums. You might stumble across a wine tasting bustling with locals and tourists alike in the evening.

 

WHERE TO STAY

The Hotel Elephant (hotelelephantweimar.com)  dates back to 1696. The lobby has high ceilings, stately columns, a beautiful spiral staircase and a relaxing lounge area. Dine out on the front sidewalk while enjoying activities in the square. Sleeping rooms are large with accents of Bauhaus style furniture. There’s no air conditioning, so open the oversized windows for a breeze.

 

Cappuccino in Weimar

 

WHAT TO EAT

Sample the local Thueringer bratwurst at one of the many vendor stands around town. For dessert, Gelateria Giancarlo (Schillerstraße 11) has an assortment of gelato, cakes and cookies.

 

 

Buchenwald

WHAT TO DO

Weimar is known for the Bauhaus Movement, which began in 1919. The Bauhaus-Museum, (Theaterplatz 1) is a good place to start for the history of the movement, which is touted as the most important influence on the classical modern style of design. 

 

 

Buchenwald Concentration Camp

BONUS

Buchenwald Memorial is twenty-minutes from Weimar; it serves as a reminder that Buchenwald was one of the largest concentration camps built by the Nazi party in 1937. Official site  

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