Culture: Cinema, Theatre, Galeries, Museums and Churches

The Onion Market (Weimarer Zwiebelmarkt) is an annual festival held on the second week-end in October. Its Thuringia`s largest festival and attracts over 350.000 visitors.


  • You have spare time and are looking for cultural entertainment?
  • You want to know which cinema in Weimar shows films in original version?
  • You would like an overview of the museums and galeries in Weimar?

Weimar has a long artistic and cultural tradition. Its history and architecture have been shaped by such famous individuals as Goethe, Schiller, Herder, Liszt, van der Velde and Gropius. In 1999 Weimar celebrated its distinction as the European Capital of Culture. Below, you will find the most important information about recreational activities in and around Weimar:

Museums

Galeries

Cinemas

Theatres

Churches

A short overview about Weimar as a student city you can find here too.


Museums

There are more than 20 historic landmarks and museums in Weimar which appeal to a wide range of interests. The most famous of these include the Goethe House, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library and the Bauhaus Museum. For an overview, visit this website.

Galeries

Weimar’s art scene is very colourful and vibrant. Along with exhibitions by students and faculties at various venues, there are a number of established galleries that feature new programmes on a continual basis. You can find more information on the university’s Piazza and the following listing of art galleries in Weimar (only in German).

For you hobby artists who want to develop your artistic skills outside the university, Weimar’s adult education centre (VHS) offers several art and creative courses.

Cinemas

Weimar has several large and smaller cinemas. The large cinemas include “Cinestar” which usually shows the newest Hollywood blockbusters, and the “Cine Magnum” which features films in 3-D. There are also two art-house cinemas in Weimar, the “Lichthaus” and “Mon Ami”, both of which show the latest independent films and feature numerous film programmes. Some cinemas offer special concession rates to students. For more information, visit the cinema’s website or call the box office. For a listing of cinemas in Weimar, visit this website (only in German).

Theatres

The theatres in Weimar hold performances of both classical and modern plays, and offer concession rates for students. The “Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar” is the largest and best-known theatre in Weimar. There are also a number of smaller independent theatre venues in Weimar. If you’re looking for top-rate theatre and the best that German culture offers, you’ll certainly find it in these theatres (only in German).  

Churches

A number of religious communities hold regular services in Weimar. The largest churches belong to the Protestant, Catholic and Russian Orthodox denominations. For information about all the religious communities in Weimar, visit this website (only in German).