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Jena-Auerstedt 14 October, 1806


In the footsteps of Goethe and Schiller

Jena and the surrounding area
The museum of Romantic Literature, am unteren Markt, Jena, is dedicated to Jena romanticism. The building was in fact the former home of the philosopher J. Fichte, who at one time taught in Jena.
The museum concerns all the personages and esthetic, artistic and philosophical schools of thought of the period. It represents a good introduction to the discovery of the great cultural events at the end of the 18th and of the 19th century in the area of Weimar and Jena.
Schiller's garden pavillion, SchillerBächen 2, Jena. This pavillion, bought by Schiller in 1797, was one of the residences of the poet and University professor. It was here that Schiller wrote some of his works, including his famous Wallenstein trilogy. The museum, carefully renovated, belongs to the University, and still gives off the spirit of the place.
Goethe's "garden pavillion II" nestles in the idyllic Tuscan thermal park in the town of Bad Sulza. It is an identical copy of the original at Weimar. Open to visitors in a new setting, and faithful to the spirit of Goethe, it is even possible to spend the night here.
In Weimar
The visit to Goethe's house, n°1 Frauenplan, brings us into the world of this great German author. The house, in the baroque style with a garden, was built in 1709. The poet, statesman and scientist Goethe lived here during nearly 50 years until his death in 1832.
The permanent exhibition in the adjacent National Goethe museum presents the various aspects of Weimar classicism.
Goethe's garden pavillion, in the park near the Ilm, is also an attractive place to visit. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe moved into this small house a few months after his arrival in Weimar. He lived and worked here until his move to the house on the Frauenplan in 1782. A walk in the park by the Ilm is an excellent way to discover this pavillion.
Schiller's house is another of the sights of Weimar, n°12 Schiller street. It was in 1802 that Friedrich Schiller bought the late baroque townhouse (built in 1777) on the esplanade at Weimar.
He lived here with his family until his death in 1805. Here he wrote "The fiancée of Messine" and "William Tell", as well as fragments of "Demetrius".
The Historic cemetary, am Poseckschen Garten
Contains a princely crypt, the tomb of the local princes, built between 1824 and 1827 on the orders of the grand-duke Charles-Augustus. It houses the tombs of Goethe and Schiller. In 1860/62, a Russian Orthodox chapel was added to the princes crypt, which houses the tomb of Maria Pavlovna, daughter of the Tsar and grand-duchess.
In Dornburg
The palaces in Dornburg, Krehenstrasse 2, are remarkable on several accounts. In fact, the Renaissance palace was built in the 16th century as a residence, and renovated in the 19th. It serves as a place of remembrance in memory of Goethe's stay here in 1828.
The rococo palace was built in the 18th century as a summer palace for the duke Ernst-Augustus of Saxe-Weimar. The old palace is mentioned in 10th century documents, as an imperial palace for the emperor Otto, that today serves as a meeting-place.

Other places of interest

It is possible to discover History in an original atmosphere, thanks to the Thuringian Ecomuseum at Hohenfelden. The museum is lodged in authentic historic buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The thirty museum-buildings include shepherd and farmhouses, barns, workshops of Thuringia, reconstituted in the museum.
The Leuchtenburg, Dorfstrasse 100, Seitenroda. The queen of the Saale valley, this 13th century castle built on the Leuchtenburg (with a museum) deserves a visit. The exhibition is dedicated to the Middle Ages, the history of the area, and porcelaine.
Johanistor und Pulvertum, Johannistrasse, D-07743 Jena: this ensemble of medieval ramparts and imposing towers is a reminder of the historic defensive works of the town, composed of walls with a walkway, moats, gates and towers. Moreover, from the heights of these towers, a superb panorama awaits you.
The principal museum of Jena, Markt 7, D-07743 Jena.
Situated in one of the oldest townhouses in Jena, the museum welcomes visitors with the "seven miracles of Jena". You can also see the banner of the guild of students of Jena, the flag of the Wartburg. The gallery presents exhibitions of modern art and of the history of Jena.
The protestant convent of the Augustinians, D-99084 The church and convent of Augustinian hermits were built around 1300. Martin Luther entered here on the 17th of July 1505, and an exhibition "Bible-convent-Luther" is dedicated to him. Since 1998, the convent serves as a rallying point for demonstrations and oecumenical reunions, as well as a memorial in memory of Luther.
Church of the palace of Eisenberg, Burgstrasse 1, D-07607.
The baroque church, with an altar and organ Donat-Trost, is one of the most exceptionnal sacred edifices in Thuringia. It is also a typical example of a protestant church, "baroque Theatrum sacrum". At the foot of the church, there is a herb garden and a tea room.
Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Bahnofstrasse 42, D-99510 Apolda This museum has acquired a great reputation in Germany thanks to its exhibitions. Art lovers appreciate the unique character of this building with its large - but intimate, rooms, which allow you to savour the works on display in their integrity.
Naumburg Cathedral Domplatz 16/17, D-06618 Built in the early gothic style, St Peter und Paul is the most famous symbol of Naumburg.
Castle of Neuenburg, Schloss 1, D-06632 Freyburg The oldest castle of the landgraves of Thuringia was built in 1090. The castle later became the residence of the prince elector and a hunting lodge of the dukes of Saxe-WeiBenfeld. The double Romanesque chapel is one of the unique features of the castle.
Ruins of the Convent of Memleben, Volkmar Kroll Strasse 22, D-06642 Memleben In the the tenth century, Memleben became one of the most important imperial palaces of the Ottos. The first German king Henry I and his son, the emperor Otto I stayed here on many occasions, and it was here that they died. The remains of the Romanesque convent were excavated in the 13th century and the crypt is almost entirely preserved.
The Rudelsburg, Burgstrasse 33, D-06628 Bad Kösen/ Saaleck The castle, mentioned for the first time in 1172, is the most famous castle of the Saale area, built to protect the valley and its ancient trade route.
Palace and Cathedral of Moritzburg
The baroque palace was built between 1657 and 1678 as a residence for the dukes of Saxe-Zeitz. The baroque cathedral is located in the heart of the palace, and the oldest part of it, the Romanesque crypt, is one of the oldest in Germany.
June 2006



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