Weimar is an independent city of some 65,000 residents in the state of Thuringia. It is most famous for its cultural heritage, which has earned it several entries on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Weimar is the fourth-largest city in Thuringia after Erfurt, Jena and Gera.
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The 480 employees of Bayer Weimar GmbH und Co. KG are largely engaged in the production, quality control and packaging of solid, hormone-based drugs for the Pharmaceuticals division. Bayer opened this production site in Weimar in 1994.
Known as the “City of Culture", Weimar has several entries on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The category “Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau” includes three buildings in Weimar, while the “Classical Weimar” category was admitted to the list in 1998 with an ensemble of 13 buildings. These include, for instance, properties in Weimar’s Old Town, and the expansive parks and individual buildings representing Weimar’s classical period.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is without doubt Weimar’s most-famous citizen. The poet lived in Weimar for 50 years until his death in 1832. Goethe’s Baroque home, built in 1709, was a gift of Grand Duke Carl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. At this period in time, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had already been ennobled and named a member of the privy council. The renovations he had done to the building bear witness to his interest in classicism.
Weimar is home to two distinguished universities: The Bauhaus University for creative professions and the FRANZ LISZT University of Music.
- Bauhaus University of Weimar
The Bauhaus University of Weimar offers a unique range of subjects: Architecture and urbanism, civil engineering, design and media, and more. It offers 40 different degree programs in total. The term “Bauhaus,” from which the institution derives its name, stands for experimentation, openness, creativity, proximity to industrial practice and internationality.
- FRANZ LISZT University of Music
The FRANZ LISZT University of Music is a long-standing educational institution for young musicians, researchers and music educators from all over the world. Named after the composer, virtuoso, ensemble musician, teacher and thinker Franz Liszt, it is one of the foremost music academies in the world.
Weimar has a broad cultural range, from music to theater. The Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle (German National Theater and State Ensemble) are two significant cultural centers in Weimar.
- Weimar State Ensemble
The Weimar State Ensemble is one of the oldest and most traditional orchestras in the world. Since its establishment in 1491, it has been dissolved and reformed multiple times. In doing so, it always adapted its objectives to the era and continuously expanded.
- German National Theater
The National Theater encompasses all forms of theater performance with its stage, music theater and dance theater programs. The historic building that houses it was almost completely destroyed in the air raids on Weimar in February 1945; only the facade was left standing. It was rebuilt in 1948 as the first German theater after the war and reopened with Goethe’s Faust as the first performance.