Weimar City Castle

Complete renovation

of the Weimar City Castle

In the future, visitors will enter the castle through a new “portal” in the north wing, located at the former entrance to the Castle Museum. The visitor area will feature presentations on cultural-historical highlights of Weimar’s history from the Reformation to the 20th century. The “portal” will also comprise the ground floor of the east wing facing the Ilm River. This area will be freely accessible to visitors where they can learn more about the history of the castle.

Visitors will begin their tour of the new exhibition on the belétage from the east wing via the historical staircase designed by Heinrich Gentz. The exhibition will draw on the extensive holdings of the Weimar art collections and depict Weimar’s eventful political and cultural history. The presentation will also provide insights into the world of “service”, i.e. the hidden organisation of the castle as a social organism.

Axonometry of the future underground depository for the Graphic Art Collections of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, © Arge Schloss Weimar (Brenne Architekten, Berlin, und Tectum Hille + Kobelt Architekten, Weimar)
Sectional model of the future east wing of the Weimar City Castle, © Arge Schloss Weimar (Brenne Architekten, Berlin, und Tectum Hille + Kobelt Architekten, Weimar)

The renovation measures include the creation of a new underground depository for the Graphic Art Collections beneath Burgplatz with direct access to the south wing of the castle. There, the restoration workshops will be installed on the ground floor, while a presentation venue and seminar room will be integrated into the upper floor. Conceived as an “art-historical powerhouse” featuring world-famous masterpieces by renowned artists – from Albrecht Dürer to Andy Warhol – the Graphic Art Collections will be part of the publicly accessible area of the City Castle in the future.

The complete renovation of the Weimar City Castle is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in accordance with a resolution passed by the German parliament, and the Free State of Thuringia. The underground depository is financed through the federal and state aid programme “Hochwasser 2013”.

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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