Weimar and Erfurt

Weimar is an elegant historic town, one of the most visited in Germany with its long cultural history and its political importance. The city has been home to the composers Lizt, and Bach, the writers, Goethe and Schiller and  the artists and architects, Kandinsky, Klee, Feininger and Gropius at the Bauhaus, the most important German design school of the interwar period.
Standing high on a nearby hill is the memorial tower of Buchenwald concentration camp, it can be seen easily from almost every part of town serving as a reminder of its dark history.

Strolling around the town soon after dusk we came upon the start of an extraordinary evening, a musical event involving the whole town, it began in Theaterplatz,  with people stood still, looking forward and holding various music players. There were to be concerts, community bell-ringing, everyone in the town contributing to the musical night. Alan Bern – Sound Installation

Sound Installation
Sound Installation – comemmorating the 75th anniversary of the anti-Jewish pogrom throughout Germany on November 9/10, 1938 (“Kristallnacht”).

Unfortunately not speaking German, we had no idea of the events in store and instead of being part of it, we spent the evening elsewhere.

Long shadows on the wall in Kollegiengasse
Long shadows on the wall in Kollegiengasse
Platz Der Democratie
Smoke around the moon in Platz Der Democratie
Duchess Anna Amalia Library
Duchess Anna Amalia Library
Hotel Elephant Cocktail Bar
Hotel Elephant Cocktail Bar
Pink windows
Pink windows
Hinges
Unusual Hinges
Gothe's Door Handle
Gothe’s Door Handle

Some visual notes from a short visit to Erfurt

Erfurt, Domplatz
Domplatz, Erfurt
Golden Unicorn
Golden Unicorn 1905
Caught unawares
Caught unawares
Perfect geometry
Perfect geometry
Restoring a window
Restoring a window
Good brickwork at Bildungstatte
Good brickwork at Bildungstatte

 

Cars seen through steel gate
Cars seen through steel gate, minimalist construction, tiny rivets, water-jet cut steel.

2 thoughts on “Weimar and Erfurt

    1. Thank James, it took me a while to assimilate everything I’d seen, my visit was centred around the history of the Bauhaus school but there was so much else that fascinated me, I have many more photos and ideas to write.

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