A hotel with over 100 years of tradition
I have my eye on a house in Weimar that has been a “home” for visitors to this city for more than 200 years. Looking at the history of our city, where this building stands today was still garden land in 1825. Only a few citizens had started building in the area. The city had become too small and there was no longer enough living space. Representative rooms and houses were to be built; there was something to show off. So the court lawyer Karl August Büttner decided to build a house in his garden.
Our building was built in 1826/27. For many years, even decades, it served as a residential building for citizens of Weimar. At the beginning of this century, the property mentioned was “owned by the German branch of the International Association of Friends of Young Girls”. The association had its headquarters in Thuringia in Weimar in the “Martha Marien Home”. His aim was to “provide loving help and advice to every single girl who earns her living away from her parents’ home.” Positions, work and housing were provided free of charge, good connections were provided, and advice and information was given.”
Since 1904, this beautiful house from the Goethe era has been one of the founding members of the “Association of Christian Hospices”. At the beginning of 1925, the hospice joined the Internal Mission Association in Thuringia and became its property in May 1925. The “Martha-Marien-Heim” association was only dissolved in 1935. In 1991 it was still called “Martha-Marien-Home Christian Hospice” – but who knows it exactly? Certainly, many residents of the city of Weimar have already used the services of this house for other people, because since 1904 young girls have not only been trained in home economics, but, above all, guests have also been accommodated. A guesthouse was run here until it closed for renovations in October 1989.
On July 1, 1992, the doors of this house will be open again to guests from all over the world. In the future, too, it will be possible to find a “hostel” that meets all the requirements of today’s hotel industry. The Christian Hotel Amalienhof wants to provide this “home” when traveling. But behind it we can encounter a piece of Weimar, a piece of classicism that wants to be preserved for our posterity. We owe it to Mr. Klaus Kaufmann, church building officer, that the renovation adapted to the flair of this city. A German university professor wrote in the guest book: “Every year I am drawn to Goethe and to the hospice.” Neither the “Frauentor” nor the “Ackerwand” can block the view of the Goethe house. With a little imagination you can still imagine Goethe today, as he dictates to Mr. Eckermann.
Thanks to the personal atmosphere of the house, you can experience the Weimar of yesterday and today in our traditional rooms. Take a look!