We took an early train at Freiburg but then suffered a delay of one hour. With our train being behind schedule we missed our connection to Erfurt in Fulda. A one hour delay on the Deutsche Bahn is typical for during daytime major train connections in Germany are served every hour. So you just wait for the next train although seat reservations are lost. We filled the wait at Fulda's train station with a forced coffee and arrived in Weimar around 3 p.m.
|Henry van der Velde advertising Weimar's onion market|
|View on Weimar's market place from our room. In the background the Herderkirche|
|HE showed us the way to a souvenir shop|
|The well know Goethe-Schiller monument in front of the Weimar National Theater |
modified: Thomas Mann Goethe's life-long venerator stands in for Friedrich Schiller. We visited the Schiller- and not the Thomas-Mann-Haus:
|Entrance to Schiller's house|
|Schiller made citizen of revolutionary France|
Elisabeth and I closed the day having dinner at the Elephantenkeller. The round table of 1990 was still in place but this time empty. From the menu I choose a delicious Kohlroulade (stuffed cabbage leaf) and a Pilsner beer from nearby Apolda.
|Delicious stuffed cabbage leaf|
|Goethe's summer house from a distance|
The evening we had dinner at Weimar's Ratskeller where I had a Rindsroulade (beef olive) that I drowned in and downed with the usual Köstritzer Schwarzbier.
|Rindsroulade mit Thüringer Klößen (Thuringian dumplings)|
|The Herder church in October 2012, a building site|
|Herder in front of "his" church originally called Stadtkirche|
|November 1989: Prayers for peace not only in Leipzig: We are the people!|
|Famous altarpiece apotheosizing the Reformation. Lucas Cranach the Elder started the painting in 1552, one year before his death. It was finished in 1555 by his son Lucas Cranach the Younger. |
The original painting was covered in view of the building activities inside the church.
I took this photo of a photo print on canvas displayed for the benefit of the visitors.
On the right you recognize Martin Luther, left to him the painter Lucas Cranach.
On the other side sits John the Steadfast who introduced the Reformation in Thuringia and his wife.
|The castle's medieval tower crowned by a Baroque helmet|
|Goethe's garden where he grow his vegetables|
|Many people still consider Ernst von Wildenbruch's citation engraved into the monument:|
Ich kämpfte nicht um anzugreifen, sondern um zu verteidigen
(I did not fight to attack but to defend)
as a proof that it was Germany that was attacked by the surrounding countries in 1914.
The problem is that von Wildenbruch had already died in 1909.
|Lebensfluten, Tatensturm (Floods of life, storms of action)|