Specialist Tour in history
Democracy in GermanyThe adoption of the Weimar Imperial Constitution and the emergence of democracy in Germany are synonymous with the House of the Weimar Republic. As a "Forum for Democracy" since 2019, a key role of the house is to provide a comprehensive political education. Exhibitions and group tours are offered.
5 days / 4 nights, extension day possible
- Day 1 - Departure from your home town - Arrival in Weimar Arrival in Weimar and check into your accommodation. Stroll through the charming city centre. Not far from the centre is the idyllic "Park an der Ilm", an UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Goethe Garden House, which was a place where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived and worked.
Day 2 - Culture Day - Poets & Thinkers - Art - History - Music & Theatre
DICHTER & DENKER: Goethe's and Schiller's residences and the sensational rococo hall with the famous Duchess Amalia Library are an absolute must on the city tour, which is also accompanied by a SENLAC city quiz. Walk in the footsteps of the great literary figure of Weimar Classicism (1786-1832) not far from the historic Old Town in the Goethe National Museum, which also includes Goethe's residence and Goethe Park. Afterwards you can explore the famous residences of Franz Liszt, Friedrich Nietzsche, Gottfried Herder...? Or would you prefer the Cranach House on the market square?
ART: You can also visit the grand ducal art collection with paintings from Cranach to Beckmann in Weimar's city palace. The parks of Weimar's World Heritage castles Belvedere and Tiefurt offer relaxing breaks. Thanks to Duchess Amalia, Tiefurt became the meeting place of Weimar's court society and is still an insider's tip today. The Bauhaus Museum Weimar is also within walking distance and fascinates with avant-garde approaches from 1919 in the fields of architecture, design and art. Students here report on Walter Gropius and his fellow comrades-in-arms.
HISTORY: In the Weimar House you go on a journey through the exciting history of Weimar. The founding of the Weimar Republic in 1919, the end of the monarchy in Germany and the simultaneous founding of the Bauhaus as a modernist school in Weimar are vividly illustrated.
MUSIC & THEATRE: Your evening could end at the German National Theatre in Weimar. The programme includes plays, concerts and musical theatre... The Goethe-Schiller monument on Theaterplatz emphasises the gesture of friendship between the two great poets, who staged plays at the National Theatre in literary competition.
Day 3 - Buchenwald Memorial - Theatre
BUCHENWALD MEMORIAL: Today's excursion focuses on a dark chapter of German history. On the Ettersberg, you will visit the memorial site for the victims of National Socialism from 1937 to 1945 in the former Buchenwald concentration camp. The tour of the sprawling memorial site includes a guided tour that depicts the daily life of the prisoners and the extent of human suffering at these original sites, offering moments of remembrance and mourning at this counter-site of classicism.
THEATER: Perhaps you would like to experience dedicated youth theatre in Weimar today. Stellwerk e.V. at the Kulturbahnhof was awarded the Thuringian Theatre Prize in 2014. Here you can get to know theatre, costumes and workshops as well as a look behind the scenes and even perform according to your individual needs. Apply and try out as part of a team! Alternatively, you can also visit the "Theater im Gewölbe" below Weimar's oldest Renaissance house.
Day 4 - Excursion to Eisenach - Visit to Wartburg Castle
EISENACH: Stroll through the medieval alleys of tranquil Eisenach, the birthplace of the world-famous musician and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. A visit to the Bach House is a must.
WARTBURG: Visit Wartburg Castle, which has towered over the town in the Thuringian Forest for 900 years. It was already a centre of poetry and minnesong in the Middle Ages and remained a showplace of German culture and history. Perhaps you will hike to the castle on the beautiful Luther Trail? Valuable art treasures from 8 centuries, paintings by Lucas Cranach, masterly handicrafts and valuable furniture can be marvelled at. The famous Wartburg concerts take place every year in the impressively restored festival hall. In 1521, Martin Luther translated the New Testament in 300 days during his exile at Wartburg Castle.
- Day 5 - Arrival at home town After a historical and impressive search for clues in the city of poets and thinkers, we start the journey back home.
CoachDepending from where you are, we organise your arrival and departure in a fully equipped coach with our reliable contractual partners.
TrainDepending on where the journey starts from, we will take you by either train or coach to Weimar.