Park on the Ilm. Detail from »Grundriß von der Großherzogl.- Sächs. Residenzstadt Weimar, aufgenommen, berechnet und gezeichnet von J. V. Blaufuß«, 1818/22 © Klassik Stiftung Weimar



The Baroque city palais is located on Theaterplatz in the centre of Weimar. For many years, the castle was inhabited by Duchess Anna Amalia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1739-1807, reigned from 1759-1775), one of the few female regents of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. She acquired the castle in 1774 from her minister Baron Jakob Friedrich von Fritsch after a devastating fire had made the palace uninhabitable. The gardens which originally belonged to the Wittumspalais had to give way to the construction of Theaterplatz at the beginning of the 19th century. In the 1870s, Grand Duke Carl Alexander had the Wittumspalais renovated and set up a museum dedicated to Anna Amalia.


After moving into the Wittumspalais, Anna Amalia had the interior redesigned according to plans drawn up by Adam Friedrich Oeser, Director of the Leipzig Academy of Drawing. He was responsible for the ceiling frescos in the ballroom on the second floor and in the private rooms on the first floor. Numerous busts, oil paintings and watercolours show members of the ducal family and court as well as guests from Germany and abroad. Portraits of Christoph Martin Wieland, Johann Gottfried Herder, Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Friedrich Schiller are on display in the Red Salon, designated the poet’s room by Carl Alexander. The dining room, the so-called Round Table room, served Anna Amalia as a venue for social evenings. The interior and furnishings of the widow’s palace are distinguished by their simple elegance and sound craftsmanship. One highlight is the almost authentic décor in the Green Salon, once the Duchess’s living room, which dated back to 1785 and is in early classical style.

Renovation of adjoining buildings

Between September 2016 and March 2018, workers will be renovating the former dye house (Schönfärbe) and court ladies’ house (Kammerfrauenhaus), both of which are part of the Wittumspalais ensemble. For more details about this project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the Thuringian State Chancellery, Department of Culture and Art, click here.

Visitor information


Am Palais 3
99423 Weimar

Current information

closed im Rahmen des Festaktes zu 100 Jahre Weimarer Verfassung

Opening hours

1.1. - 30.3.
Tu We Th Fr Sa Su | 10:00 - 16:00

31.3. - 26.10.
Tu We Th Fr Sa Su | 10:00 - 18:00

27.10. - 31.12.
Tu We Th Fr Sa Su | 10:00 - 16:00

New Years Day (Jan 1)
10:00 - 16:00 open

Good Friday
10:00 - 18:00 open

Easter Sunday till Easter Monday
10:00 - 18:00 open

Labor Day (May 1)
10:00 - 18:00 open

Ascension Day
10:00 - 18:00 open

Pentecost (Saturday and Monday)
10:00 - 18:00 open

German Unification Day (Oct 3)
10:00 - 18:00 open

Reformation Day (Oct 31)
10:00 - 16:00 open

Christmas Eve (Dec 24)

Christmas Day (Dec 25)
10:00 - 16:00 open

Day after Christmas (Dec 26)
10:00 - 16:00 open

New Years Eve (Dec 31)
10:00 - 16:00 open


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

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Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Kommunikation, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Marketing
Frauentorstraße 4
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 545-400
Fax: +49 3643 545-401

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