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Weekend Breaks to Weimar

Planning a short break to Weimar? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Weimar. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Weimar. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Goethe Nationalmuseum

Am Frauenplan 1. This is the house where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived from 1782 to untill his death in 1832, and is Weimar's main attraction. This typical baroque-German nobleman's house has 14 exhibition rooms. The library has over 5,000 volumes, the museum also has Goethe's mineral collection and original art.

The museum is open 15 March to 25 October from Tuesday to Sunday 09h00 - 18h00; and 26 October to 14 March from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 16h00. Admission is $3 for adults; $2.40 for seniors and students; and free for children under 6.

Bauhaus Museum

Located at Theaterplatz, across from the Deutsches Nationaltheater. The Staatliche Bauhaus was founded here by Walter Gropius in 1919, this architectural school of design was famous for its program that synthesized technology; craftsmanship; and design aesthetics. Exhibits on displaty here include arts and crafts; graphics; paintings; and representative works of the best painters and teachers of the era. The museum is open April to October from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 18h00; and November to March from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 16h30. Admission is $4.80 for adults; $3.60 for seniors and students; and children under 6 are free.

For more information visit: augentier.de/kusa

Hotel Elephant

Markt 19, take bus 1 or 12. This is Weimar's most famous hotel, many celebrities have stayed here and the hotel's most notorious guest was Adolf Hitler. The hotel is housed in an elegant building that dates back to 1696, with Art Deco decor and bold color schemes. The hotel offers a range of facilities, including two restaurants; bar; lounge; room service; babysitting; and laundry. The stylish and comfortable rooms have TV; minibar; safe; telephone; ISDN connections; video; and a full bathroom.

For more information visit: www.arabellasheraton.com

Christmas Fair

In the Old City. Every year the city of Weimar transforms into a magical place filled with lights and Christmas spirit, the Christmas Fair is one of the most popular events of the year and attracts many visitors from around the world. There are a large number of stalls selling a wide variety of goods, including gifts; arts and crafts; jewellery; and local food and drink. There is also a live entertainment program, with music shows and Christmas carols. The Christmas Fair runs from 26 November to 23 December, and is open everyday from 10h00 - 20h00.

Schlossmuseum

Burgplatz 4, off Am Markt. This special art museum is often missed out on by tourists, but is a must for any art lover. The museum has a large collection of European art from the Reformation period to the 20th century. The museum occupies three floors, with the main works on the first floor; end German works are displayed on the second floor. IT also has an amazing collection of religious icons from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is open April to October from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 18h30; and November to March from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 16h30. Admission is $5.40 for adults; $4.20 for seniors and students; and children under 6 are free.

For more information visit: augentier.de/kusa

Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul

Herderplatz 8, take bus 1 or 8. This beautiful church dates back to the founding of Weimar, and is a sight not to be missed. The building consists of naves designed in a late-Gothic style. The church's top attraction is an altar painting started by Lucas Cranach the Elder in the last year of his life and was completed by his son. The church is open April to October from Monday to Saturday 10h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 16h00, Sunday 11h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 15h00; November to March from Monday to Saturday 11h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 15h00, Sunday 14h00 - 15h00. Admission is free.

Neues Museum Weimar

Weimarplatz 5. This museum is the first museum dedicated to modern art in eastern Germany, and is housed in a restored 1869 building. The museum's permanent exhibitions include works of American minimal and conceptual art; pieces by Italian painters; and expressive works of the "Wild painters" from Germany. The museum is open April to October from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 18h00; and December to March from Tuesday to Sunday 10h30 - 16h30. Admission is $3.60 for adults; $2.60 for seniors and sudents; and children under 6 are free.

Buchenwald

Located just out of town, take bus no.6 from Hauptbahnhof. Buchewald was one of the concentration camps used by the Nazis from 1937 untill it was liberated by the U.S. Army in 1945. Buchenwald was a worker camp, but 56,000 people still lost their lives here, it was also where medical experiments on prisoners was practised. There are still a few buildings left in tact, and it is a very eerie place to walk around. There is also a museum in the original storehouse, which depicts the Nazi and Soviet history of the camp. Buchenwald is open May to September from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 18h00; and October to April from Tuesday to Sunday 08h45 - 17h00. Admission is free.

Liszt Haus

Marienstrasse 17. This is the house where the Hungarian composer and pianist, Franz Liszt, spent the last years of his life. The house is filled with many mementos from his life, including letters between Liszt and his son-in-law; and the piano that he played and taught his pupils. The house was also the home for the royal gardeners of Weimar. The house is open May to October everyday from 09h00 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 18h00; and November to April everyday from 10h00 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 16h00. Admission is $2.40 for adults; $1.80 for students and children 6 - 18; and children under 6 are free.

Antique Shopping

Browsing through antique shops and looking for porcelain; silver; crystal; and furniture that survived the of World War II, is one of the most fun things to do in Weimar.

There are many antique shops throughout the city, the best of which are Antikitaten am Palais at Schillerstrasse 22; Kaiser Antikitaten at Schillerstrasse 22; Antikitaten am Schloss at Obereschlossgasse 2; Goethe-Antiquariat at Marktstrasse 6; and Thiersch Antikitaten at Brauhausgasse 15.

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