Park on the Ilm

Services for the blind and visually impaired

On the following page, you will find information about our services for the blind and visually impaired. These include specially developed tactile floor plans and guided tours. Please contact us if you have any questions or require personal assistance. You can find contact details at the bottom of this page.

Tactile floor plans

Blind and visually impaired guests can receive specially designed tactile floor plans for better orientation at the ticket counters of selected historical buildings and museums.
Tactile floor plans are available at the following locations:

Goethe National Museum (Goethe Residence und Goethe Exhibition)
Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
Wittumspalais Weimar
City Castle
Haus Hohe Pappeln

Guided tours

Selected objects can be touched as part of the interactive guided tours. Material samples, miniature models and tactile plans are also available. No tour fee is charged for these guided tours.

Castle Museum

The tour introduces you to the architecture of Weimar’s City Castle and its historical interior while allowing you to explore different materials and surfaces with your fingers. Specially prepared tactile plans explain the décor in the ballroom, which was influenced by Goethe. The museum basket, a special package, with contemporary music, scent and material samples brings the historic rooms to life. You may ask for reproductions of historic costumes and numerous original objects for a tactile approach to contemporary history.

Goethe’s Home

A visit to Goethe’s home will acquaint you with Goethe’s ideas of architecture and space. The poet had his house radically rebuilt between 1792 and 1795, giving it a whole new structure. The public part of his house open to visitors was clearly separated from the private living areas. Does his house give the impression of being »well-built«, or can any unevenness be felt? Is the arrangement of the rooms attractive or inconvenient?
A small model of Goethe’s house and a tactile floor plan conclude your experience after visiting these rooms and inspire reflection on present-day ideals in interior design.

Goethe National Museum – »Flood of Life – Storm of Deeds«

This permanent exhibition features items of Goethe’s literary work, his art and natural science collections, personal mementos and objects of daily life. They impressively demonstrate Goethe’s multifaceted interests and present him as one who was fascinated by life in all its diverse forms. In addition to tactile floor plans, haptic and olfactory exhibits in most of the seven thematic areas will help you orientate yourself through the rooms and themes of the exhibition.

Duchess Anna Amalia Library

The guided tour of the Library starts in the Renaissance Hall, where you can touch some of the architectural details. The sound of the historic clock in the adjoining art and curiosities room is a rewarding acoustic experience. The magnificent Rococo Hall is vividly described to you in words.
Finally you can touch the spines of the precious books on the shelves. The tactile materials in the museum basket show you how the historic books were bound and produced.

Wittumspalais – The World of Duchess Anna Amalia

The interactive tour through the Wittumspalais appeals to multiple senses and presents diverse views of the world around 1800. Duchess Anna Amalia moved into her widow’s residence after handing over the affairs of government to her son Carl August. In these rooms, you can experience Anna Amalia’s passion for drawing and making music in social gatherings. You will also learn fascinating details about the furnishings and interior design of her downtown mansion.

Park on the Ilm River

The walk gives you an impression of the well-considered park design and its historical contexts. You can explore the memorials and park architecture at first hand. Goethe’s garden house is shown to you with small models; busts of Duchess Anna Amalia and Goethe can also be touched. The natural surroundings themselves can be vividly experienced: you can touch various plants, rocks and stones, inhale the scent of the plants, listen to the birdsong and enjoy the splashing of the fountain and the sound of running water in the river Ilm.

Information and assistance

Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Stabsreferat Forschung und Bildung
Lena Kittel
Burgplatz 4
99423 Weimar
Telefon: +49 3643 545-781
Fax: +49 3643 545-569