Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek270 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
Also known by its name in English, Duchess Anna Amalia Library, this place is the temple for German literature and historical documents. The library is a piece of wonderful architecture and was originally constructed as Anna Amalia’s residence in 1562. In 1761 she had it converted into a library.
A terrible fire in 2004 nearly destroyed the library; however, the bibliothek survived and is now home to some significant literary assortments. Today the library covers a wide range of subjects from German studies, literature, and philosophy to history, theatre studies and cultural anthropology. Its collection today comprises approximately 1 million books, 2600 book manuscripts, 8,600 maps and 29 globes with sound storage media, microfiches and electronic data carriers also as a part of the inventory.
Some significant collection and sites of the library include –
- A Shakespeare collection of approximately 10,000 volumes translated by Christopher Martin Weiland.
- The world’s largest Faust collection.
- The Duchess’s impressive 13000 volume music collection.
- A 16th century bible connected to the German friar Martin Luther.
- The brilliant Rococo hall (Rokokosaal) marked by the portrait of Grand Duke Carl August.
The main building of the library was formerly the Green Castle. The Red and Yellow Castle now form the study centre of the museum and are one of the oldest and architecturally exquisite buildings. The library regularly holds various exhibitions and events and is one of Klassik Stiftung’s Institutions. The historic building along with its infamous Rococo hall is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998.
Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Travel Tips
- The library has a capped entry of 290 people per day. Book your tickets online in advance or queue early at the ticket office.
- Last entry for group visitors till 3:30 pm.
Entrance Ticket Details For Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
- Concession price - €6
- Pupils 16-20years- €2.5
- Free entry for children
- Group guided tour price - €60 + admission price
- Pupil guided tour price - €35 + admission price
- Residenz Cafe and Restaurant
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Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Reviews & Ratings
A very beautiful library, though a bit overrated. The baroque hall was very nice but there wasn't much more to the library than that.
Absolutely gorgeous. Make time to stop if you're in the area - it is a fantasy setting with a rich history that cannot be replicated anywhere else on Earth.
A must-do for every visitor of Weimar. Be sure to order your ticket in advance. Otherwise you wouldn't be admitted!
Very bad reception and zero empathy with foreigners.
Totally overpriced. 8 euros to see a nice room that is the old library and that is all. You cannot even walk freely in this room.