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Wieland Estate in Ossmannstedt

The two-storey Baroque manor in Ossmannstedt, about ten kilometres north-east of Weimar, was built from 1757 by the Weimar minister Count Heinrich von Bünau. Duchess Anna Amalia and her sons used the estate as a summer residence between 1762 and 1775. Once the ducal family lost interest in Ossmannstedt, the estate was taken over by a tenant in 1777.

Christoph Martin Wieland

Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813) was one of the 18th century’s most successful writers, and earned acclaim as a narrative poet, novelist, translator, editor, publisher and journalist. He purchased the Ossmannstedt estate in 1797. Like the Roman poets Horace and Cicero, he and his large family lived here for six years as »poetic landed gentry«. In Ossmannstedt, he translated old scripts, wrote novels and novellas, edited newspapers and received numerous guests including Johann Wolfgang Goethe, the Herders, Duchess Anna Amalia, his first love Sophie La Roche, Sophie Brentano, her brother Clemens Brentano, Jean Paul and Heinrich von Kleist. They also created works there, hosted by Wieland. In 1803, financial difficulties forced Christoph Martin Wieland to sell the estate and return to Weimar.


After his death in 1813, the poet was buried according to his wish in a remotecorner of the Park besides his wife Anna Dorothea and Sophie Brentano, who had died in Ossmannstedt aged just twenty-four after a serious illness. Along with the birth and death dates of the poet and the two women, the gravestone, a triangular obelisk, bears the following inscription composed by Wieland: Love and friendship | embraced these kindred | spirits in life, | and their mortal remains are covered | by this one stone.

Wieland Museum

»A site redolent with symbolism for the late Enlightenment in Germany« is how Jan Philipp Reemtsma described the estate with its newly furnished museum, the restoration was done according to the Wieland's researcher. The historic rooms contain furnishings and decor which were formerly Wieland’s property. Visitors can also take a virtual trip through Wieland’s era and gain an insight into the poet’s life and work. Detailed texts and images related to the cultural history of the 18th century and the latest research findings can be viewed in the »Digital Osmantinum«.

Education and Research Centre

The Weimar-Jena Academy operates the Education Centre at the Wieland Estate in Ossmannstedt on behalf of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. In addition to offering cultural seminars, the centre provides visitors with overnight accommodation and conference rooms. It is also home to the Wieland edition research group, which is currently producing a historic-critical »Ossmannstedt Edition« of Wieland's complete works.

Visitor information


Wieland Estate in Ossmannstedt
Wielandstraße 16
99510 Oßmannstedt

Opening hours

31.3. - 26.10.
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


Adults 4,50 € | Discount 3,50 € | School Kid (16-20 years) 1,50 €
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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