Germany is a country rich with culture and history. Each of its numerous cities have something to offer but, due to a shortage of time and finances, many students lack the means to venture out and experience Germany to its fullest. For this reason, the International Office plans various excursions each year to offer students, both foreign and native, the chance to visit places of historic or cultural significance for free. Last year we had many memorable trips. These trips included a day trip to Weimar, the home of esteemed German author and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as well as Rothenburg ob der Tauber. One of the more well-preserved medieval cities in Franconia, it is known for its Christmas markets and classic Bavarian architecture.
November 30: Weimar
It was a sunny but chilly day in Weimar. As soon as the train got to the station, we set out to explore the city and have something hot to drink as we waited for our tour of Goethe’s house to start.
Goethe's house was an extensive museum of art, philosophy, poetry and music. Even as we entered the house, the group was already marveling at its beauty and architectural intricacies. We had a very helpful audio tour guide full of interesting information about rooms such as Goethe’s study where Goethe created some of the world’s most loved literary works. For the rest of the morning, the group explored long corridors leading into chambers full of Goethe’s beautiful art collection.
There were boundless artifacts to see but eventually we headed out to start the tour of the city. We walked through the main parts of town seeing many interesting sites including the Music Conservatory, a temporary residence for J.S. Bach, the colorful Rathaus and many other historical places.
We had a little time left over to enjoy the sparkling Christmas Market. Each member of the group received 5 € to spend on food and Glühwein. After some famous Weimar sausages and warm drinks, we were ready to head back to the train station to return home.