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UNESCO World Heritage Site #161: Classical Weimar

Posted by on November 28, 2011

UNESCO World Heritage Site #161: Classical Weimar

UNESCO World Heritage Site #161: Classical Weimar


From the World Heritage inscription:

The high artistic quality of the public and private buildings and parks in and around the town testify to the remarkable cultural flowering of the Weimar classical period. Enlightened ducal patronage attracted many of the leading writers and thinkers in Germany, such as Goethe, Schiller and Herder, to Weimar in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, making it the cultural centre of the Europe of the day.

Weimar became the capital of the Duchy of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach in 1572. For many years the painter Lucas Cranach the Elder worked in Weimar, where he died in 1553. This marked the start of a long period of growing cultural importance in which many painters, writers, poets, and philosopher lived in the city – Johann Sebastian Bach, Christoph Martin Wieland, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Johann Gottfried Herder, Friedrich Schiller, Franz Liszt, Henry van de Velde, and Walter Gropius.

You have probably heard of Weimar from the “Weimar Republic”, the name given to the German government between WWI and WWII. What you probably didn’t know is how this small city of 44,000 people played such an important part in German culture.

Weimar was the home to three of Germany’s greatest authors: Goethe, Schiller and Herder. Composers JS Bach and Franz List lived in Weimar for a time as did architect Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus School. Martin Luther preached here and reformation artist Lucas Cranach died here.

The above photo is of Goethe’s home in Weimar.

It is an amazingly remarkable city considering its size.

This was the sixth stop on my November 2011 Eurail trip of UNESCO sites in Europe

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Monday Travel Update – Holyhead, Wales

Posted by on November 28, 2011

Valle Crucis Abbey in Llangollen, Wales

Valle Crucis Abbey in Llangollen, Wales

The last week has been much less stressful than the previous week. I flew from Berlin to Liverpool where I stayed for three nights at the Hotel Indigo. I mostly spent my time catching up on work, enjoying the warm(er) weather and doing a bit of exploration of the waterfront area. I also got a tour of Anfield Stadium, the home of the Liverpool Football Club.

On Friday, I hopped on the train and headed to Wales for the first time as a guest of Visit Wales. I went canoeing on a 200 year old aquaduct and visited several of the castles built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales. Both the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Edwardian castles are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I also paid a short visit to the train station with the longest place name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. (no, I cannot pronounce it) (more…)