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Belvedere Castle, Park and Orangery

Belvedere Castle stands on a hill at the south of Weimar and is surrounded by 43 hectares of parkland. Duke Ernst August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach had a Baroque summer residence including an orangery, pleasure garden and labyrinth built here between 1724 and 1748. Since 1923, Belvedere Castle has been used as a museum of 18th century crafts.

History

The castle, which originally served as a hunting lodge, is surrounded by stables with the knights' quarters at the side, giving it the typical atmosphere of an absolutist estate of the time. After the death of Ernst August in 1748, the parks began to run wild. They were restored to their former glory only when Duchess Anna Amalia took up the residence every summer. Duke Carl August, who came to power in 1775, pursued botanical studies at Belvedere together with Goethe. By 1820, a botanical garden had been created to keep approximately 7900 plant species from Germany and abroad. In 1811, Carl August left Belvedere Castle and Park to his son Carl Friedrich and the latter’s wife, the Russian Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. The later duke had a so-called Russian garden laid for his wife at the west of the castle. The park had by now gone to rack and ruin, and between 1815 and 1830 it was transformed into a country park in post-classical, romantic style with meandering paths and numerous ornamental park constructions. Grand Duke Carl Alexander, whose reign commenced in 1853, had the castle, park and orangery carefully preserved and maintained. The park was reconstructed between 1974 and 1978 and the Russian Garden between 1978 and 1982. Reconstruction and restoration work on the orangery complex began in 1998 and will be completed step by step over the next few years.

Visitation

The exhibits on display in the crafts museum in Belvedere Castle harmonize with the castle’s interior. The museum focuses on porcelain and glass from the ducal household. The collection includes court accessories along with French and German furniture dated back to the 18th century. The tour begins on the ground floor with Oriental porcelain, Thuringian earthenware and portraits of the owner and his family. Early Meissen porcelain and Thuringian dishes and figures are on display on the upper floor. The museum collection also focuses on products from the royal porcelain factory in Berlin, the Fürstenberg factory in the Duchy of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel and the imperial factory in St. Petersburg. Most of these items arrived in Weimar because of the ducal family’s dynastic connections. An exhibition on the ground floor of the West Pavilion sheds light on architecture and garden culture in Duke Ernst August’s day. In the East Pavilion, 18th century weapons which belonged to the ducal family bring the history of court hunting to life.

Visitor information

Address

Belvedere Castle, Park and Orangery
Weimar-Belvedere
99425 Weimar

Current information

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017
Orangerieanlage zugänglich 01.01. bis 25.03. und 29.10. bis 31.12. 8:00 - 18:00 sowie 26.03. bis 28.10.2017 8:00 bis 21:00 Uhr.

19.07.2017 - 13.08.2017
UNESCO World Heritage. Ausstellung im Gärtnerwohnhaus vom 19.07. bis 13.08.2017, Di bis So 11:00 bis17:00 Uhr. Eintritt frei

Schloss Belvedere

26.3. - 28.10.
Tu We Th Fr Sa Su | 11:00 - 17:00

Good Friday
11:00 - 17:00 open

Easter Sunday till Easter Monday
11:00 - 17:00 open

Labor Day (May 1)
11:00 - 17:00 open

Ascension Day
11:00 - 17:00 open

Pentecost (Saturday and Monday)
11:00 - 17:00 open

German Unification Day (Oct 3)
11:00 - 17:00 open

Orangerie Belvedere, Pflanzensammlung Langes Haus

23.12. - 25.3.
Fr Sa Su | 11:00 - 16:00

26.3. - 17.4.
Fr Sa Su | 11:00 - 17:00

Christmas Eve (Dec 24)
closed

Christmas Day (Dec 25)
11:00 - 16:00 open

Day after Christmas (Dec 26)
11:00 - 16:00 open

New Years Day (Jan 1)
11:00 - 16:00 open

Good Friday
11:00 - 17:00 open

Easter Sunday till Easter Monday
11:00 - 17:00 open

Prices

Adults 6,50 € | Discount 5,00 € | School Kid (16-20 years) 2,50 €
Youth under 16 years free
Audioguide available

Eintritt Pflanzensammlung Langes Haus:
Adults 2,50 € | Discount 2 € | School Kid (16-20 years) 0,50 €
Youth under 16 years free

Dauerkarte Pflanzensammlung Langes Haus (Dezember-April):
Adults 5,50 €
Youth under 16 years free

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Contact

Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Kommunikation, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Marketing
Besucherinformation - Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Frauentorstraße 4
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 545-400
Fax: +49 3643 419-816
info@klassik-stiftung.de

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