Weimar 2018 – Photo Scavenger Hunt

Follow the Traces of History in Weimar

Your Task: Find 15 of the following places and take a picture of your group in front of the historical monument. (Hint: don’t visit the places in the sequence they appear here).

The Prize: Dinner with Dr. Gaettens and Dr. Fontenot, our treat, in the coming week or two, and the satisfaction of winning 🙂

Hints and Rules:

  1. With your team, read all of the clues and locations below.  Strategize about where you’re going to go first, second, etc.
  2. When you find one of the locations of interest, as a group, take a picture/”selfie” in front of it.  All group members should be in the picture.
  3. Save clue 21 for last, and it is a required one 🙂

And now, the clues!

Renaissance and Baroque: The Development of a Small Capital City

In 1547 Weimar became the main residence of the Ernestine-Saxon dukes.  The noted renaissance painter, Lucas Cranach the Elder moved to Weimar in 1552.

1) The Marktplatz (market) was the center of life in the city.  Find Cranach’s house.

2) Stadtkirche St. Peter and Paul (City Church of St. Peter and Paul) at Herderplatz. Look at the three-winged altar painting which the son of Lucas Cranach completed.  Take your picture outside the church, then visit the inside to see the painting (no pictures inside the church).

Classicism as a Lifestyle: Weimar becomes Germany’s “Literary Capital”

The importance was laid down by Anna Amalia. The multi-talented princess was brought up in the Protestant court of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, and was married to the Duke of Weimar. After the death of her husband, she took over as a regent in 1754.

3) Find the Wittumspalais (widow’s palace) and take a picture in front of the main entrance.

4) Duke Carl August (1757-1828) reigned in Weimar during the time the two famous German poets Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Friedrich Schiller lived here.  Find him sitting on a horse.

5) Find the house of either Schiller or Goethe.

6) When Goethe first came to Weimar, he lived in a small house in the ILM park.  Find Goethe’s Garden House.

7) On the other side of the park is the Roman House, the weekend house of Carl August, where he spent time with his lovers.  Take a picture in front of the Roman House.

8) For Classical Weimar, the redesigned park landscape was very important.  Find one of the romantic wooden bridges across the Ilm and take a picture of your group gazing into the water.

9) Find the house of Goeth’s first girlfriend in Weimar, Charlotte von Stein.

10) Find the monument of handsome Shakespeare.

The Historicism of the 19th Century: Weimar in its “Silver Age”

11) Franz Liszt, composer and musician, became the central figure of a new artistic blossoming. He came first in 1841 to Weimar to perform and stayed with interruptions until 1886. There are three places in Weimar intimately connected with Liszt. Find one of them.

12) Goethe and Schiller archive opened in 1896 with its classicist façade. Find the building and take a picture.

Art Nouveau and “Staatliches Bauhaus”: The Rise and Fall of the “New Weimar”

Weimar on the threshold of the 20th century: Henry van de Velde, who came to Weimar in 1902, founded the Arts and Craft school here.

13) Find the Van de Velde building of the Bauhaus University and take a picture in front of it.

14) Find the main building of Bauhaus University, and take a picture in the foyer with the staircase.

The Weimar Republic

15) The first democratic German constitution, the constitution of the Weimar Republic was debated and drawn up in the theater in Weimar. Take a picture of the theater (DNT: Deutsches National Theater).

National Socialism

16) Weimar was one of Hitler’s favorite towns and he often visited the city. He loved to address the citizens from the Führer balcony of the Hotel Elephant. Take a picture in front of Hotel Elephant with the balcony in the background.

17) Find the Gauforum (“Gau” was an administrative unit under the Nazis) whose construction began in 1937.

18) Crushed History. A Project of Retrospection. Find the memorial constructed at the site of the Gestapo prison. (Hint: it is located near the castle in the Marstal (stable of the castle).

The German Democratic Republic

19) The high-rise dormitory reminds us of the GDR (German Democratic Republic from 1949-1990). It is the only high-rise in Weimar and not pretty (Jakobsplan 1).

Weimar and SMU 

20) Sometime, you may just want to step back into Texas for a bite to eat.  Find a restaurant that shares its name with SMU’s home state.

The Final Search

21) This should be the last thing you search for.  There is no shortage of places to grab a quick scoop of ice cream (or gelato) or a warm cappuccino. Find two SMU professors chatting at one of Weimar’s best Eis Cafes.

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