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Gasthaus ,Zum weißen Schwan‘ Weimar

History With more than 450 years, the Schwan is one of the most historic inns in Europe. The guesthouse has maintained its original exterior almost unchanged until today. Due to its advantageous strategic location at Frauentor, almost the entire trader traffic had to pass by the inn since the 16th century. The inn was very popular with the travellers. The first "VIP" guest was Lucas Cranach the Elder, who stopped by in 1552 to drink a beer when he arrived in Weimar.

Goethe and the Schwan: After Goethe moved into his house next to the Schwan, he became a regular guest and also recommended the inn to his many visitors and friends. In a letter to his friend, the composer Carl Friedrich Zelter, Goethe wrote the famous sentence: "The white Swan always welcomes you with open wings". By the way, Goethe's usual seat was supposedly in the common room "right next to the tap". When he was 82, Goethe wanted to meet Zelter again and wrote him to Berlin "That would be a reading, if fate would have it that you came and visit us again. The Swan would spread its wings over it.“

The cannon ball cemented into the western side of the house reminds of the bombardment of Weimar by Napoleon's troops in 1806. At the time the art college was founded in 1860, Franz Liszt, Peter Cornelius, Arnold Böcklin and Franz von Lenbach met in the Schwan.

Karl Ziege purchased the Schwan in 1910. The Ziege family operated the Schwan until the late 60s.

Gasthaus „Zum Weißen Schwan“, Frauentorstrasse 23, D-99423 Weimar Telefon +49 3643 9087-51 Telefax +49 3643 9087-52


Gasthaus ,Zum weißen Schwan‘ Weimar

In 1989, the Schwan was restored within 11 months by order of Interhotel by the Swedish construction company NCC in cooperation with the urban development authority Weimar and private enterprises and reopened in January 1990. Herbert Frauenberger was the tenant and chef de cuisine back then.

On September 16, 1993 the Schwan received a special honour: the visit of the Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife Michiko.

The tenants changed once again at the end of the 90s and 2001 the Schwan was closed for good.

The community of heirs sold the Schwan to a subsidiary of Schörghuber Corporation in August of 2002. Restoration works commenced in the fall of 2002 on the ground floor and the 1st floor. The festive reopening took place at Easter 2003 with the Prime Minister of Thuringia.

Gasthaus „Zum Weißen Schwan“, Frauentorstrasse 23, D-99423 Weimar Telefon +49 3643 9087-51 Telefax +49 3643 9087-52

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Karl Ziege purchased the Schwan in 1910. The Ziege family operated the Schwan was 82, Goethe wanted to meet Zelter again and wrote him to Be...

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