tradition

I have one particular house in mind that has become a "home" for visitors of this city in Weimar for more than 175 years. Looking into the history of our city, there once was a garden until the year 1825 where this building now stands. Only a few citizens had started to build in the area. The city had become too small and the space to live was no longer adequate. Rooms and houses were to be developed and they had to be representative. Thus, the court solicitor, Karl August Büttner, decided to develop a residential building in his garden.

Our building was built in the year 1826/27. For many years, even decades, it served as the residential building for citizens of Weimar. At the beginning of this century, the mentioned property was in the ownership of the German branch of the international association of the (female) friends of young girls. The Thuringian association had its head office in Weimar in the so called Martha- Marien Home. Its purpose was to "fondly assist, help and advise every girl living on her own earning her keep far away from the family home. Positions, work and a place to live for free were demonstrated, good connections were procured and advice and information were issued."


Since 1904 this lovely house from the time of Goethe belongs to the founding members of the "Association of Christian Hospices". At the beginning of 1925, the hospice joined the Association of Inner Mission in Thuringia and passed into its ownership in May 1925. The Marthe- Marien Home Association was not dissolved until 1935.
It was still called "Marthe- Marien Home Christian Hospice" in 1991 - but who knows more about it? Surely many residents of the city of Weimar have used this house for accomodating other people, not only young girls were educated in home economics since 1904, but it also accommodated guests above all the time. Until it was closed for renovation in October 1989, it had served as a guesthouse.
Since July 1992 the portals of this house are once more open for guests from all over the world. Even in the future it will be possible to find a "hostel" that corresponds to all of the demands of modern hotel business. This "home" whilst travelling is what the Christian Hotel Amalienhof wishes to convey. But behind all that, we can encounter a piece of Weimar - a piece of classicism - which should be kept for posterity. It is due to Klaus Kaufmann (chief architect of the church) that it was possible to adapt the renovation to the flair of this city.
A German schoolteacher once wrote in our guestbook: "I am drawn every year to Goethe and to the Hospice." Neither the "Frauentor" (Woman's Gate) nor the "Ackerwand" (field wall) can block the view of the Goethe House. With a bit of imagination it is possible to still imagine Goethe today dictating to Mr. Eckermann.
Due to the personal atmosphere of this house you will experience the Weimar of the past and of today in our rooms steeped in tradition. Visit our house and see for yourself!