Walking through Ilm Park (Park an der Ilm), I came across this monument to William Shakespeare. What a surprise. I knew that Weimar is famous for Goethe, Schiller, and Herder. What is the link to Shakespeare? In fact, Goethe played a role in this question.
This manhole cover near Friedenstein Castle (Schloss Friedenstein) shows the coat of arms of Thuringia. The inscription promotes the foundation Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten. This organisation is responsible for about 30 castles, monasteries and parks.
Cycling the Ilm Valley Cycle Path you may visit the Kromsdorf Renaissance Palace. Visiting the castle grounds you will be awarded with 64 stone busts decorating the garden wall. There meaning is still disputed.
During a stay at an IBIS hotel in Erfurt, I had this view from my room: It shows the ruins of the Barfüsserkirche, a church named after an order of the Franciscan (Barfüsser). A bombing raid destroyed the building in 1944.
Memories! For many children in Germany and Austria, these wise guys were stars of the TV series Die Sendung mit der Maus (The Show with the Mouse). On your urban walk through Erfurt, you will find several heroes of German children’s TV series.
The manhole covers of Erfurt show the city arms. The local coat of arms reminds of the Mainzer Rad (Wheel of Mainz). Is there a reason for this similarity? The chronicle of Erfurt tells the answer to this question.
View of Friedenstein Castle (Schloss Friedenstein) taken from the staircase of the Ducal Museum of Gotha. The early Baroque palace was built in the mid-17th century by Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha. It is notable for hosting the Ekhof-Theater, which is still featuring the original Baroque machinery for changing the scenery.
In 2013 the German states of Saxony and Thuringia are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the architect and designer Henry van de Velde. For this reason, exhibitions take place in cities like Weimar, Jena, Erfurt, Gera, Apolda, Bürgel, and Chemnitz.