Day 2: Literary Walking Route In Classic Weimar
This itinerary is our second day discovering the literary heritage of Classic Weimar.
Please see here for day 1 and the first nine spots on the Google Map.
10. Frauenplan / Goethe’s Wohnhaus and Goethe National Museum
Goethe’s Residence is situated in the same building as the Goethe National Museum on Frauenplan.
After Goethe died, his last grandson gave his house and collections to the Goethe National Museum. This collection of private art, hand drawings, paintings, sculptures, majolica, natural scientific pieces and the personal library will be what you’ll see as you walk the 18 rooms of this stately home. The walk ends at the garden of the house.
The highlight of the tour is Goethe’s study with its original furniture and the fascinating private library.
Goethe had the privilege of reconstructing the house to his design; a spacious staircase, niches for sculptures and friezes were added. The house served as a place to expand and display his collection, but also this was the place where lived with his family and entertained friends.
You enter the museum after walking through a courtyard, and the first thing you see is the staircase with broad but shallow steps. After this point on, it’s quite a lot of information to swallow as you walk. Goethe has been a busy man who lived a long and fulfilling life – this museum is a proof to that.
11. Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan (The White Swan Guesthouse)
Once you’ve finished with Goethe’s house, a right place to contemplate on what you’ve seen and to calm your senses would be the White Swan Guesthouse. Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan is the oldest house on Frauenplan and Goethe is known to host his guests here.
12. Wielandplatz and Wieland Denkmal (Square and Memorial)
This brings us to the last of the four literary figures we’re following. Dutchess Anna Amelia invited Wieland to Weimar from Erfurt as a tutor to her sons. He was known to be a great pedagogue, poet, and writer. He is first of the four who arrived in Weimar.
The monument is a life-size bronze sculpture of Wieland shown holding his work Oberon in his left hand. His pupil Grand Duke Carl August revealed the monument to the public in 1857.
13. Charlotte von Stein’s House
Remember young Charlotte at the Palace Schardt? That’s her. This is where this cultured lady-in-waiting lived as a grown up. The servants walked the road between her house and Goethe’s Garden House carrying letters back and forth during their intimate relationship – about 1700 of them.
It’s a beautiful two-floor house and is a great stop just before you’ll be headed for the library.
14. Duchess Anna Amalia Library
The library is very popular and has a somewhat difficult way to obtain tickets. Every morning 50 tickets are released at 09:00 am so be there and organize your time accordingly. Again, be ready for a visually overwhelming experience.
The library today mainly serves for research purposes as one may guess. Walk around the historical building and think about the Herculean task Goethe undertook as his responsibility because he loved this library and its collection. He is believed to check 2276 titles in about ten years.
The grand collection goes back to 1552 and houses mainly German literature of late 18th and 19th centuries.
15. Goethe’s Residence at Burgplatz (ACC – Galerie, and Restaurant)
Goethe had lived in a few places in Weimar. This building is one of the earlier homes he lived when he first arrived in Weimar after the one at the Herderplatz and before the Garden house. It dates to around 1600s and was one of the most massive civil buildings in the city until it was destroyed in a fire in 1834.
This is a good time and place to end day two. The next two days we’ll be mostly on the outskirts of Weimar.
Please see here for Day 1 and Day 3.