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Goethe's house in Weimar houses the National Museum today

After a day of rest after our cruise we decided to check out Weimar, which is only a short 20 minute ride from Erfurt.

I never put much thought into this town. I knew of it, but not what happened here.  Of course I’m familiar
with the Weimar Republic and such, but please don’t ask me any questions about
that piece of history. Google would certainly give you better answers.  I know Buchenwald concentration camp is on
the outskirts of Weimar and I had been there on a previous trip with a friend.
(See previous post of this blog)

Today wasn’t about that sad part of history.  It turns out Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived
in Weimar, along with his buddy Friedrich Schiller.

Horse carriages that take you around town
 Goethe’s house on Frauenplan square is a
museum today.  Most of the interior was
kept the way it was when Goethe had lived there.  He was an avid collector of art and was in
general interested in many fields.  He
wrote about the “Color theory” and was part of the “Sturm und Drang “movement.  Of course his most famous work is Faust

Weimar is also famous for its architecture and particularly
the Bauhaus University which sprung an architectural movement that influenced
the whole world.  “Less is more” was
their motto and Bauhaus in general was more about function than lavish design
and décor.  Bauhaus did not only teach
architecture, but also influenced furniture and other objects that could be
readily used and mass produced.

Me and Juno - I look so small
  The
Bauhaus university was closed by the Nazi regime, but was reopened by its famous
architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who is considered to be one of the first
modern architects. He settled in Chicago and designed several buildings there.

We walked past the Bauhaus University’s main library to get
to Frauenplan.  Here we paid the entrance
fee to check out Goethe’s residence and the Goethe museum which are in the same
building.  We spent nearly 3 hours
inside. It was highly interesting.  Many
walls were decorated with Goethe’s poems and others showed art that he
collected.  The rooms in his apartment
all have names.  Goethe knew how to place
his collections and walking through his living quarters reminded more of a
museum than a place where someone had lived.

My buddy Shakespeare
 

The separate museum under the same roof houses all the
original pieces, since most of the ones in his apartment are replicas, no doubt
to keep them from sticky fingers. 
Handbags were actually not allowed inside. I put mine in a locker along
with my jacket. All I needed was a 1 Euro coin, which was returned when I
picked the items back up.  I only had to
hold onto the key.

I was very impressed with both, the apartment and the
museum.  I wasn’t familiar with any of
Goethe’s work, even though I have a German and English version of Faust on my Kindle for when I’m really
bored.  That hasn’t happened yet though.

After we were done with Goethe’s residence we headed to the
main market square to grab a bite to eat.

Detail of the towers
 
Original Thuringer sausages are sold at nearly every street corner and
do make sure you try one. They are delicious!! 
After our snack we headed to the park along the Ilm river.  Here we saw Goethe’s garden house, a
sculpture of my buddy Shakespeare, and a house that reminds of Roman
architecture, but isn’t that old. 

After the park we headed to the historic cemetery to see the
Orthodox Church there.  The cemetery was
recently put on the UNESCO heritage list and was undergoing heavy restoration
work.  We had to enter from a side
entrance and walk about 5 minutes to get to the “main attraction”.  The Orthodox Church is gorgeous though and
well worth the walk. The crypts where Goethe and Schiller’s remains are buried
are right next door, but it was closed when we got there.  This was a long and informative day, but it
was definitely nice to explore this part of German history.

spocklogic says:
I saw something in Zurich (a quote by Goethe) that I thought was quite good:
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Posted on: May 29, 2013
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Goethes house in Weimar houses th…
Goethe's house in Weimar houses t…
Horse carriages that take you arou…
Horse carriages that take you aro…
Me and Juno - I look so small
Me and Juno - I look so small
My buddy Shakespeare
My buddy Shakespeare
Detail of the towers
Detail of the towers
Art on the square at Frauenplan
Art on the square at Frauenplan
Someone knitted this sweater for…
Someone knitted this "sweater" fo…
Inside the National Museum - Goeth…
Inside the National Museum - Goet…
Inside the National Museum - Goeth…
Inside the National Museum - Goet…
Inside the National Museum - Goeth…
Inside the National Museum - Goet…
Inside the National Museum - Goeth…
Inside the National Museum - Goet…
Welcome
Welcome
Inside the National Museum - Goeth…
Inside the National Museum - Goet…
Inside the National Museum - Goeth…
Inside the National Museum - Goet…
One of many sculptures
One of many sculptures
Greek Homer
Greek Homer
One of many rooms in Goethes hous…
One of many rooms in Goethe's hou…
Rafael painting and another bust -…
Rafael painting and another bust …
Medusas head
Medusa's head
Looking through several rooms at o…
Looking through several rooms at …
The small dining room
The small dining room
Small dining room
Small dining room
Ceiling with Pompeii style décor
Ceiling with Pompeii style décor
Another beautiful sculpture
Another beautiful sculpture
Sculpture
Sculpture
This is the bridge room where he k…
This is the bridge room where he …
View into the garden
View into the garden
Garden
Garden
Portrait of Goethe by Angelika Kau…
Portrait of Goethe by Angelika Ka…
One of Goethes sketches showing h…
One of Goethe's sketches showing …
Through and through the house has …
Through and through the house has…
His wife furnished this room
His wife furnished this room
The small dining room from the oth…
The small dining room from the ot…
All furniture you see is original
All furniture you see is original
This used to be a bedroom, but was…
This used to be a bedroom, but wa…
The ceiling room - The ceiling d…
The "ceiling room" - The ceiling …
The Juno room
The Juno room
Juno room other side
Juno room other side
One of his prized possessions whic…
One of his prized possessions whi…
An original Vienna piano - Goethe …
An original Vienna piano - Goethe…
A very nice piece of furniture
A very nice piece of furniture
The Urbino room
The Urbino room
His library - closed off due to th…
His library - closed off due to t…
His study
His study
Goethes bedroom - He died in that…
Goethe's bedroom - He died in tha…
People used to be shorter
People used to be shorter
The garden
The garden
The garden and Goethes house from…
The garden and Goethe's house fro…
Me
Me
His carriage
His carriage
One of Goethes poems
One of Goethe's poems
Reading area in the little Goethe …
Reading area in the little Goethe…
Goethes works in several languages
Goethe's works in several languages
Welcome to the reading room
Welcome to the reading room
Goethe exhibit
Goethe exhibit
Goethe exhibit - A replica of Raff…
Goethe exhibit - A replica of Raf…
Goethe exhibit - The exhibits look…
Goethe exhibit - The exhibits loo…
Goethe exhibit - Venus of Milo (wi…
Goethe exhibit - Venus of Milo (w…
Goethe exhibit - Cupid feeding a N…
Goethe exhibit - Cupid feeding a …
Goethe exhibit - Squirrel, hamster…
Goethe exhibit - Squirrel, hamste…
Goethe exhibit - Yet another portr…
Goethe exhibit - Yet another port…
Goethe exhibit - Sketch of Raffael…
Goethe exhibit - Sketch of Raffae…
Goethe exhibit - Schiller and Goet…
Goethe exhibit - Schiller and Goe…
Around the City hall square
Around the City hall square
City hall
City hall
Painter Cranach, the Older, used t…
Painter Cranach, the Older, used …
Famous library on the left
Famous library on the left
The park in Weimar
The park in Weimar
In the park
In the park
Goethes garden house in the park
Goethe's garden house in the park
Here he smiles
Here he smiles
... and now he doesnt
... and now he doesn't
Raise your gaze and linger
Raise your gaze and linger
The arrow is pointing toward this
The arrow is pointing toward this
Roman house in the park
Roman house in the park
Random building in Weimar
Random building in Weimar
Bauhaus university campus
Bauhaus university campus
Voodoo?
Voodoo?
At the historical cemetery - UNESC…
At the historical cemetery - UNES…
One of the mausoleums
One of the mausoleums
Orthodox church in the cemetery
Orthodox church in the cemetery
Weimar
photo by: missandrea81