Mir ist nicht bange, daß Deutschland
Der Mensch in der Zeit muß sich
in Weimar, der Kulturstadt Europas 1999! (Welcome to Weimar, the city of culture in Europe 1999!) This way or similar you were greeted at least once every half an hour at the daytime on the main train station of Weimar. Maybe you will be greeted that way even today.
The recently renovated and still in construction station with its bright, classicistic building is the first matching impression of the town. Anyways, the train is really accordant for reaching Weimar. It costs a bit more than four hours to the travel by regional lines from Berlin Zoologischer Garten over Halle to Weimar main station. If it is neccessary to return at the same day, the return time - depending on the season and route - is four and a half to six hours.
Compared to the three hours rush on the autobahn for one tour, travelling by train is somewhat more time consuming and you have to leave Weimar before eight. But compared to the danger for nerves and life on the speedways around Berlin the loss of time is somewhat irrelevant.
The first mentioning of Weimar is stated for the year 899 AD. This was one of the reasons for the festivities in 1999. Another big anniversary was the 250th birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), who resided most of his time from 1775 on until his death in Weimar. He influenced Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) in 1787 to settle in Weimar. Schiller has his 240th birthday in 1999. Something a bit lesser to find in the city at that year: 1999 is also the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Weimar Republic, the first democratic period of Germany, and the 50th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), of which Weimar belonged to for 40 years.
After the fall of the wall in 1989 in search of a single capital for both parts of Germany besides of Frankfurt/Main also Weimar was handled as a possible location for the future parliament and government. In a positive way the town near the center of Germany had deserved the chance for a second experiment of a Weimar Republic. But this had meant that the governmental institutions had to move from one small town to another, without a near airport, without a fast train connection, without further infrastructure. So 1999 became also the year of the movement of the German government - from Bonn to Berlin.
Pictures of Weimar
One of the motivation for the visit of Weimar was the rumour about a sundial. It was uncommon to know that the town was the European city of culture this year. The following collage (115kB GIF) is referencing to 17 views on Weimar and the Ilm park at a first visit in the summer of 1999:
The collage is an image map, leading to the following photos at a click on the corresponding part if the map:
Pictures from the Belvedere
The following collage (107kB GIF) is referencing to 10 views from the Belvedere near Weimar in 1999:
The Belvedere near Weimar was a summer residence of duke Ernst August, erected from 1724 on south of Weimar. 1730 the center part of the main building was ready for moving-in. The main yard is framed by the "clock houses". Besides of the English park, part of the Belvedere were also a pheasantry, menagery, bird cages, and an orangery, where only the orangery with garden and sundial are left.
Pictures from the onion market and some more Weimar views
The following collage (92kB GIF) is referencing to 11 photos from the onion market (Zwibbelmarkt) in Weimar and to some remaining views on Weimar:
The onion market in Weimar is stated to be the biggest public festivity in Thuringia. - It takes place at one of the weekends within the first half of October in the inner city of Weimar. 1999 this was from October 8 - 10. Although the weather was somewhat mixed, the city was one single crowded pedestrian zone.
Weimar is a city of the (new) German federal state Thuringia (Thüringen). Main city of Thuringia is Erfurt. As from Berlin one has to cross also the states Brandenburg with the main city Potsdam, and Saxxon-Anhalt with the main city Magdeburg.
The following links provide some more infos about Weimar (some of the links may point to pages with German languange):
The following links are referencing to some famous citizens of Weimar:
Source of most of the historical facts on this page is the book "Weimarer Museumsführer" by Siegfried Seifert, 1st edition, L&H Verlag Hamburg 1999. This book is currently only available in German.
Nearly all images except the Weimar 1999 logo are from the author of this page. The photo of the Tiefurt castle park sundial was done in Summer 1999 by D. Tost and is used with kindly permission.
*I am not afraid that Germany will not be united, but above all it should be united in love together. (Goethe)
**The man in time must ennoble himself to the man of the idea, as the nation of its originally only sensual state (of distress) must change into the state of freedom. (Schiller)
created: 1999-07-12 image map pict + first links + main text
modified: 1999-07-13 image map + 3 sketches
modified: 1999-07-17 Belvedere image map pict
modified: 1999-07-18 translated
modified: 1999-07-19 Belvedere image map, celebrity links
modified: 1999-07-20 small changes
modified: 1999-07-28 small changes - names
modified: 1999-10-10 big mistake changed and more
modified: 1999-10-28 Zwibbelmarkt images included
modified: 1999-12-30 very minor changes
modified: 2000-03-03 Tiefurt castle park sundial
modified: 2004-05-25 small changes
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