|The Elephant Hotel on April 1, 2012. |
The rose building in the back is the famous Anna-Amalia-Bibliothek
|Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxony issued a concession to Christian Andreas Barrtig|
In 1696 the duke's cupbearer Christian Andreas Barrtig got a concession for an inn bordering Weimar's market square that he named The Elephant. Later it became a stagecoach station and was enlarged to house all the merchants and visitors. When in those days somebody asked at the city gate for Wieland, Herder or Goethe he was directed to the Elephant because people were sure that they were to be found there. In 1938 Thomas Mann made the hotel famous when it played a central role in his novel Lotte in Weimar. Charlotte Buff had been one of young Goethe's sweethearts but she had married another guy. Deceived and in a dark mood Goethe wrote his bestseller The Sorrows of Young Werther -- a (still) famous/infamous book, which brought early renown to Goethe. Mann takes Lotte's visit to Weimar and her stay in the Elephant in 1816 where she also met the aging Goethe as the starting point for his novel.
|An early photo of the Elephant around 1860. |
On the right Weimar's oldest inn: Zum schwarzen Bären from 1540.
|Peeping through a window of the Haus Elephant the NSDAP boss is greeting the crowd on the market place|
|The newly built Haus Elephant as a national-socialist shrine|
|New Year's eve dinner 1943 at the Elephant. |
Note that the courses have rather low rounded prices but required those precious food ration card coupons.
|Entrance to a set of rooms|
|Following the Wende (the end of German division) new splendor with illustrious guests and their interpreter|