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Goethe Gartenhaus


The former vineyard cottage in the Park on the Ilm, probably built around the end of the 16th century, was the first home acquired by Johann Wolfgang Goethe in Weimar in 1776, a few months after his arrival in Weimar, together with the surrounding garden. The purchase was financed by Duke Carl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. The Gartenhaus was Goethe’s main residence and workplace until he moved to Frauenplan in June 1782. He worked for the Privy Council, the Duchy’s highest governing authority, and performed other offices entrusted to him from there. A large part of his literary works dated back to that period were also written there, including the ballad of the Erlkönig and the poem To the Moon.

After buying the house, Goethe began to repair it and redesign the garden immedeately. He divided it into three parts which are still recognisable today: the park-like slope behind the house, the sunny orchard and the lower part of the garden where the vegetable beds can be found. Apart from supplying the household with fruit and vegetables, the garden was also a venue for social events. After moving to Frauenplan, Goethe only paid occasional visits to the property. When he reached old age, the Gartenhaus once again became an important refuge where he could work without being disturbed. In 1830, Goethe had the classical white garden gate built and the pebble mosaics arranged according to the Pompeiian model.

After Goethe’s death, the Gartenhaus became a place of pilgrimage for his admirers, and was opened to the public as a memorial site in 1886. Since the restoration in 1995/1996, the interior once again glows in the colours chosen by Goethe.


The tour includes the dining room – the so-called »Erdsälchen« (Little Earth Room) – and the kitchen on the ground floor along with four more rooms on the upper floor used by Goethe as his living room, study and bedroom.

The furnishings on display are part of the original inventory and are drawn from all stages in Goethe’s life. They include furnishings as rare and original as the pedestal desk with seating support in the study and the folding bed in the sleeping area. The pictures, objects and manuscripts on display all come from Goethe’s legacy and are related to the time when he lived there. A selection of his drawings can be seen, most of which were produced in the Gartenhaus or nearby.

Visitor information


Goethe Gartenhaus
Park an der Ilm
99423 Weimar

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

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

Christmas Eve (Dec 24)

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

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

Pentecost (Saturday and Monday)
10:00 - 18:00 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
Audioguide available

Handicap Information


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

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