Weimar
THE CULTURAL HEART OF GERMANY

Goethe-Schiller-Denkmal © Brüggemann/DAAD
Goethe-Schiller-Denkmal© Brüggemann/DAAD

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, the Bauhaus – Weimar is famous for its illustrious artistic and cultural history. Weimar also offers everything a student needs to study and live – vibrant campus life, cultural diversity, lots of nature and short distances.

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WELCOME TO WEIMAR

The quaint town of Weimar is located between the cities of and in the state of Thuringia. Culturally speaking, Weimar has played an enormously important role in Germany’s history. Following World War I, the “Weimar Constitution” formed the basis for Germany’s first democratic government, provisions of which still exist in the present constitution. And in recognition of its cultural significance, Classical Weimar and the Bauhaus sites in Weimar (the Main Building of the university, the small Van de Velde Building, the „Haus Am Horn“) were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For this reason, droves of tourists come to visit Weimar every year.

Indeed, tourism is now one of the main pillars of Weimar’s economy. Tour groups, day-visitors and tourists, pulled along in horse-drawn carriages, marvel at the city and its numerous historic sites. Many people are employed in the service sector and cater to the guests. But even apart from the touristic attractions, there’s always a lot going on in town.

You can reach Weimar very well by car or Intercity Express train (ICE). The busses will take to most destinations in town quickly. But it’s even easier to get around Weimar by bike. The routes are short and the quaint historic city centre is relatively small.

The best known museums and historic sites are located in the centre of town. In front of the Deutsches Nationaltheater (DNT), you’ll see the famous statue of Germany’s national poets Goethe and Schiller. The Goethe Residence and the Goethe National Museum are located nearby, as is the Schiller Residence, formerly inhabited by the poet Friedrich Schiller.

The bauhaus museum weimar is definitely worth visiting. It will reopen in a new building in 2019. There you will learn all about the legendary history of the Bauhaus and its school of architecture. Weimar is also home to the famous Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, a centre of creative architecture and technical design. You will find the more musically inclined and gifted students at the University of Music Franz Liszt.

The , now a national memorial site, is located near Weimar, and there’s a bus line that can take you there.

Weimar is also a centre for the media branch. A newspaper and smaller radio and TV broadcaster have their headquarters in Weimar. So if you’re interested in studying Media, then you’ll have several potential employers at your doorstep.

LIVING IN WEIMAR

Although Weimar is one of the smaller university towns in Germany, its students are extremely active. The campus is close to the centre of town. You can apply for a room in the student residence hall, centrally located at Jakobsplan. You’ll find numerous small cafés and pubs, like the “Planbar”, all around campus. The most popular student meeting place is the “” – the student union in Weimar. Inside there’s a small café and student advisors who can answer any questions you have.

You’ll find a number of useful shops and stores in the pedestrian zone around the Theaterplatz. In addition to clothing stores, a cinema and bookshops, there are also numerous souvenir shops where you’re certain to find a little something to remember Weimar by.

If you want to play sports, Weimar has a lot to offer. The swimming pools at the Schwanseebad are a perfect way to cool down. Both the indoor and outdoor pools are open every day of the week. The is an umbrella organisation for numerous sport clubs in Weimar. On the website, you can search for various sports which appeal to you. Joining a sports club is an easy way to meet people in Weimar.

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