Special Weimar Travel Tips by Bettina Kraft
Why I like Weimar: Although Thuringia may not be on the itinerary of most American tourists, this state offers an array of very interesting cities, not the least of which is the small city of Weimar. Weimar's fame is warranted on various counts, including the fact that it was the center of the German Enlightenment and was the home of two of Germany's most prominent literary figures, Goethe and Schiller. During the 1800s and 1900s, an array of avant garde artists and composers settled in Weimar, including Franz Liszt, Wassily Kandinsky, and Walter Gropius, who first established the Bauhaus here. Lastly, the Weimar Republic was founded in Weimar, which was the site of the signing of Germany's first democratic constitution in 1918. Today, Weimar is home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Bauhaus University. The sites to see here are almost too many to list: German National Theater, Goethe National Museum, Schiller Museum, Nietzsche Archives, Duchess Anna Amalia Library (which has a major Shakespeare collection and the world's largest Faust collection), Liszt House, Bauhaus Museum, Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial, Park an der Ilm (a UNESCO site), the German Bee Museum, and the Gauforum at Weimarplatz (the only realized Nazi government district outside of Berlin). It is easy to catch a train from Weimar and reach other rich cultural cities, including Leipzig (50 miles) and Erfurt (only 15 minutes by train).
These Weimar travel tips are compiled by Bettina Kraft. Bettina likes to help visitors from all over the world to experience Germany in a different, more personal way, and make it easy for them to do so by providing detailed travel tips and advise.
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There is unfortunately a lot of scam and fraud on the Internet today and we read sad stories about families who booked a cheap apartment on a rental site only to find out later when they arrived that this apartment did not even exist! Therefore when you see our LLAG quality seal next to an apartment listing that means that we have verified and approved this particular apartment and you can be assured that this is a good choice when booking this one.
Of course, given our large selection of vacation rentals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland we cannot personally inspect every one of them. However, here is what we do to to ensure overall high quality and minimze the risk of fraud:
First, we are very selective and don't accept apartments of poor quality based on submitted description and photos.
We verify the owner's address, require a web site, and a valid phone number. With many of our property owners we talk with them over the phone on a daily basis and we have built up with them a strong business relationship over the years.
If we experience communication issues with a property owner, e.g. they respond too slowly to inquiries or customer requests, we investigate and possibly cancel our business relationship with that owner. Reason is if we are not able to successfully communicate with an owner, how can we expect that it should work out with a potential tenant?
We have a very high customer satisfaction rate (please read our customer testimonials.) However, if a customer reports issues we also immediately investigate. In case of incidents where we believe the quality and overall service of an apartment is no longer up to our standards we also remove that one from our site quickly.
Those quality measures helped us in the past to successfully protect our customers when booking a rental through us. Look for the LLAG quality seal that indicates that we have approved and verified that apartment.