Photographer's Note

Leaving Bayern, travelling north...the first stop is Weimar, the heart of Germany, heaven and hell.


WEIMAR is located in Thuringen in Central Germany. This rather small city played an enormous role in German culture and history.

As the centre of German Enlightenment, Weimar was home of the leading writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. In the 19th century, noted composers such as Franz Liszt made Weimar a music centre. Later, artists and architects such as Henry van de Velde, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, and Walter Gropius came to the city and founded the Bauhaus movement, the most important German design school of the interwar period.

The city was where Germany's first democratic constitution was signed abd gave its name to the Weimar Republic period in German politics (1918–33).

But with the Buchenwald concentration nearby, Weimar represents both the best and the worst in German history. It is German heaven and hell.


THIS PICTURE shows the heaven part of it. It's the dome of the Fürstengruft, the ducal burial chapel of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in the Historical Cemetery in Weimar.

This building is quite dull from the outside (see workshop), but it houses the tombs of Goethe and Schiller, so it's a must-visit for anyone interested in German culture and literature.

This is the view up from where the tombs are located.

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