Excursion booklets

Our excursion booklets allow you to prepare, carry out and follow up your visit to Weimar. They are particularly targeted at teachers, students and cultural tourists. In addition to providing general information, they offer suggestions on historical sites and landmarks worth visiting during your stay in Weimar.

The excursion booklets are free of charge and can be ordered online at: bildung@klassik-stiftung.de


Seeking the Land of the Greeks with the Soul. Reception of Antiquity in the Context of Weimar Classicism

The intensive interest in antiquity that manifested itself in many forms in the 18th century is still evident in Weimar today in its buildings, art works and, not least of all, literature. The suggested excursions in this booklet illustrate such themes as Goethe’s and Duchess Anna Amalia’s Italian journey, the reception of antiquity, and how ancient art history influenced the understanding of art in Weimar.

Download the excursion booklet “Reception of Antiquity in the Context of Weimar Classicism” (PDF, 2.80 MB) (german only)

Allies, Companions, Kindred Souls. Friendships in the Context of Weimar Classicism

Numerous and diverse friendships played a key role in the development of Weimar Classicism. Specific references to places, objects and literary sources vividly portray the friendships between Goethe and Schiller, Duchess Anna Amalia and Louise von Göchhausen, and Christian Martin Wieland and Sophie Brentano.

Download the excursion booklet “Friendship in the Context of Weimar Classicism” (PDF, 2.95 MB) (german only)

Nietzsche – Van de Velde – Bauhaus. Constellations of Modernism in Weimar at the Beginning of the 20th Century

The ambivalent developments of modernism in German culture were clearly visible in Weimar at the turn of the 20th century. This booklet offers concrete ideas for excursions that invite you to discover the aesthetic innovations of that time and Germany’s strong orientation to established cultural traditions. The emergence of holistic lifestyles and aesthetic forms of expression played a central role in these developments.

Download the excursion booklet “Constellations of Modernism in Weimar at the Beginning of the 20th Century” (PDF, 2.60 MB) (german only)

The Primal Secret of All Creation. Nature in the Context of Weimar Classicism

The societal and historical changes of Weimar Classicism sparked a wave of philosophical contemplation on nature around 1800. This newly discovered appreciation of nature became an important subject in art and science and influenced the image of mankind at that time. The excursion booklet provides specific examples of objects at various sites which illustrate these themes.

Download the excursion booklet “Nature in the Context of Weimar Classicism” (PDF, 2.83 MB) (german only)

Humanity is the Character of Our Race. Johann Gottfried Herder in Weimar

Johann Gottfried Herder often bemoaned his many duties in Weimar, yet he was one of the most versatile, innovative and prolific philosophers and writers around 1800. Throughout his life, Martin Luther had been his constant paragon and role model. The concrete suggestions for excursions will take you to places where Herder’s ideas and references to Luther are visible today.

Download the excursion booklet “Johann Gottfried Herder in Weimar” (PDF, 3.09 MB) (german only)

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