Wir starten! 😎 Suza hat mich in Weimar eingesammelt und nach einer Nacht bei Muddi (und einem Selfie, danke für deinen Support!!! ❤❤❤) sind wir jetzt endlich on the road Richtung Frankreich.
Time to do a video about Weimar! It was supposed to be sunny today, but all we could see was drizzle. Waited until 10am for it to clear up, but no luck. So off we went, into the rain. Filmed at various places around the town, including Goethe's house, Schiller's house, and a few other spots. Had lunch at the Christmas markets which had opened today - interesting to see the difference between these and the far more kid-focused ones at Dessau. Also interesting to see the difference between these local markets, and what I remember of the larger tourist markets in Munich and Vienna from our last trip.
More wandering and filming after lunch, eventually ending up in the large park designed by Goethe where it had happily stopped raining. Nice little place, Weimar - it feels very much like a student town, with a large university making up the majority of the population. It must be a real centre for music as well, since I constantly saw people wandering around with instrument cases.
Headed home and relaxed for a few hours, before having an early dinner of gnocchi and heading back out to the Christmas markets. Filled up the edges with sausages and sweet treats, and of course gluhwein. No snow, but it was definitely below zero and felt it. It's nice that most of the places have fires for heating, but it does unfortunately mean you go home smelling like a chimney!Read more
Back on the road, and not particularly sorry to leave Dessau. It's a long way from the tourist trail, aside from people doing world heritage site visits I guess, and it shows. Made the annoying walk across to the station one last time, caught the train up to Magdeburg, then another train out to Weimar - a city that's surprisingly important to German heritage.
Arrived around 12:30pm and had lunch at the station McDonalds to kill time, before heading to our Airbnb. Host Markus was waiting for us and happy for us to check in early, so we dropped our bags, basked in the warmth briefly and then headed back out.
First stop was the Bauhaus university, where the first Bauhaus school was originally located. Finished up our video here, though it wasn't particularly interesting since the main building pre-dates Bauhaus architectural style. Not a whole lot to see sadly.
Also went for a wander through the old town to get the lay of the land, as we'd need to do some filming here over the next day or so. Weimar was home to a real German cultural hub in the late 18th century - it was home to Goethe, Schiller and Herder among many others, and not long prior it had been a centre for music too - home to Franz Liszt and (briefly) JS Bach. In the 20th century there were the Bauhaus connections, and Germany's first constitutional republic - the so-called Weimar Republic - was declared here. The centre of town is a World Heritage site, mainly for the late 18th century cultural impact of Goethe, Schiller and the rest.
So we had a look at the nice buildings and squares, though didn't really do much filming. They aren't looking quite as nice as usual, sadly, since the Christmas markets are starting tomorrow and there's work vans everywhere. Satisfied with our afternoon of ambling, we headed home with some supplies to cook.Read more
Since the Weimar WHS comprises of quite a few buildings, museums and so on, we'd originally allocated two days to get all the filming done. Or one and a half days, I suppose, since daylight hours are in such short supply at the moment. But we'd filmed 95% of what we needed yesterday, so just finished off a couple of things in the morning.
The main visit we wanted to make was to the Duchess Anna Amalia library, a beautiful Rococo library building in the palace. The Duchess in question was a big patron of the arts, and one of the driving forces behind the cultural goings-on in the city. It's one of the most impressive libraries in the world, with over a million volumes of old books and folios. An original Luther bible, an original Shakespeare folio and so on. Though a big chunk of the collection was lost and/or damaged during a fire in 2004, just weeks before the books were due to be moved to a new secure facility.
It's funny, you often read about devastating fires that happened a long time ago, but to see video footage of one happening so recently, and firemen in modern outfits spraying foam at stacks of ancient books - very sad. But we grabbed an early lunch around 11:30 at the Christmas markets, then headed for home where we stayed the rest of the day.
Headed out to the Christmas markets again for dinner - this time I had a kartoffelpuffen which is basically just a potato schnitzel covered with apple sauce. It was .. interesting. Though the banana dipped in milk chocolate I had to follow it up was excellent, as was the enormous chimney cake!Read more
Die Besichtigung beginnt, als erstes geht es zu dem Gefängnis und das Lager der Insassen. Die gesamte Gruppe ist ruhig und nachdenklich geworden. Was hier passiert ist - wo wir gerade standen - kann keiner wirklich fassen und verstehen.
In Zelle 1 verbrachten die Häftlinge ihre letzten Stunden vor der Hinrichtung.Read more
Zum Abendessen begab sich dann die ganze Stufe in das Restaurant Jagemanns, nach deutscher Küche. Wir wurden herzlich Empfangen und das Essen schmeckte allen sehr gut. Nach dem Essen, hatten die Schüler und Schülerinnen Freizeit, somit gingen ein paar von uns ein letztes Mal die Stadt erkunden und die restlichen gingen zurück zum Hostel um den Abend unvergesslich zu machen.Read more
Ein Gedicht von Goethe
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