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Haus Hohe Pappeln


The Haus Hohe Pappeln was the private residence of the Belgian architect and designer Henry van de Velde (1863-1957), who came to Weimar in 1902 as the artistic counsellor to Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst. Van de Velde had the house built in 1907/08 according to his own plans, and lived there with his wife Maria and their five children until 1917. The growing hostility towards foreigners during World War I forced the family to sell the house and leave Weimar. The property subsequently changed hands several times in quick succession. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar has acted as conservator of the building since 2003. In summer 2012, it purchased the culturally historic artist’s residence with funding from the dependent Ilse Burghardt Foundation, which will use several rooms in the basement to promote young artists.

Van de Velde developed the exterior of the house to fit the interior structure and the arrangement of his fixtures. He paid special attention to the path of the sun. Van de Velde saw the Haus Hohe Pappeln as an organism in which every room had a specific function in fixed place within the interior structure. The central hub and heart of the house was the living area and hallway on the piano nobile. The salon with the neighbouring study and dining room, the stairway to the upper floor and the side stairs all opened off this space. Van de Velde deliberately dispensed with ornamental embellishments, focusing instead on the aesthetics of modern industry, and designed the Haus Hohe Pappeln in keeping with principles of practicality. The house is a unique synthesis of the arts, with every detail bearing Van de Velde’s signature.

Van de Velde designed the garden as well as the architecture, furnishings and fixtures. Each facade corresponds to a different section of the garden. Originally there was an ornamental country garden with fruit trees on the street side, an open area with a fountain on the south side which invited the residents to linger, and a kitchen garden on the west side. The house got its name from the »Pappeln« (poplars) which once towered over it.


Visitors to the Haus Hohe Pappeln can see the garden and the family’s everyday living area in the piano nobile with the salon, dining room, study, living area and hallway. The furniture on display was designed by Van de Velde in 1904 for the von Münchhausen family.

Visitor information


Haus Hohe Pappeln
Belvederer Allee 58
99425 Weimar

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 3,50 € | Discount 2,50 € | School Kid (16-20 years) 1,00 €
Youth under 16 years free

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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