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Weimar, the German Capital of Culture

No time to explore the whole country on your Germany holidays? Then head to Weimar, the Cultural Capital of Europe in 1999. You'll have your fill of castles, parks, and UNESCO World Heritage sites in this beautiful city. No wonder so many writers and intellectuals made this their home in the 18th and 19th centuries. You're sure to be drawn to Weimar, too.

A visit to National Goethe Museum and Goethe House is a must. This Baroque building was once the address of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe for 50 years. The writer, philosopher, and scientist, famous for his drama "Faust" and his novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther" (reputedly the first-ever worldwide best-seller), is one of the key figures in the Weimar Classicism movement, as well as in German literature. Inside the Goethe House is the Peking Room (so-called because of its Chinese décor), the library, the music room, the poetry room, and the puppet theatre. Meanwhile, you'll see paintings of the author and his friends in the Goethe Museum. Goethe's source of inspiration, his Summerhouse, is nestled in the countryside.

The Bahaus Sites are a collection of avant-garde buildings designed by the professors and students of the Bahaus School of Architecture. For a clearer picture of their style, go to Bauhaus-Museum, where you'll see 500 riveting exhibits. Another perfect example is the Haus Am Horn, cubic in form, and concrete and steel in make-up. It was made with the functionality of each of its rooms in mind.

Also a treat is the Roman House, a temple-like structure by the River Ilm. In the same area is Weimar Park Cave, a series of tunnels 12 metres underground. What was once the storage area for beer became an air raid shelter in WW II, and is now a museum.

Indulge your royal desires in The Widow's Palace, the dwelling of Duchess Anna Amalia, and a prime example of "noble interior design."

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