Tiefurt Park

The 21-hectare park surrounding Tiefurt Mansion extends along both sides of the Ilm River. The sweeping meadows with beautiful clusters of shade trees gently descend to the edge of the water. On the opposite side of the Ilm, a densely wooded slope rises steeply to a high plateau from which one can get a good view of the surrounding landscape and park grounds.

Prince Friedrich Ferdinand Constantin started building the English landscaped park in 1776 together with his tutor Karl Ludwig von Knebel. The winding paths were laid between the first park structures and benches, and hedged by various decorative shrubs. Following Constantin’s departure from Weimar in 1781, Duchess Anna Amalia made Tiefurt Mansion her summer residence. She continued expanding the park and gradually created a sentimental garden along the Ilm valley with romantic park structures, Vergil’s Tomb, the Temple of the Muses and the Tea Salon.

After French troops plundered the mansion in 1806 and Anna Amalia died the following year, the focus shifted away from Tiefurt. It wasn’t until the park was re-landscaped by the court gardener Eduard Petzold between 1846 and 1850 that Tiefurt regained its former status. Many of the old groups of trees growing today in and around the park were planted during that time.

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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