Published: June 3rd 2012June 2nd 2012
Pottery market, Ilmenau
They go ahead in all weather.
We headed north and into the former DDR (Soviet East Germany), and the weather turned wintery. Followed the paths of Luther, Goethe and Schiller. In Eisenach we really appreciated the comforts of the Kaiserhoff hotel. Check the view from our window! The tour of the Wartburg is mostly indoors which was a relief in 12 degrees and mist. It is the castle whereLuther was incarcerated (for his own safety) after being kidnapped. He began his translation of the Bible while there.
Weimar is a stylish city with much to see. Goethe's influence is everywhere. Enjoyed the Goethe Haus museum, and the Schiller museum. A quick introduction to two German greats for me, and absorbing for Jeff.
The museum in the Stadtschloss has a wing devoted to paintings by the Cranachs, as well as being a lovely museum with works ranging from medieval church works, Russian icons, through to impressionists & Bauhaus. Also some lovely state rooms rooms with designs influenced by Goethe.
There are more photos below