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Even in the 19th century, the Russischer Hof was the place for artists such as musicians and poets to meet regularly. In recent years, though, many scientists and politicians have been our guests, in addition to artists.

Our prominent historic guests include:

  • Czar Alexander I., the Russian emperor
  • Hoffmann von Fallersleben, German linguist, poet and writer of  the "Lied der Deutschen"
  • Eduard Franz Genast, singer, actor, composer and director
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Weimar's classic poet laureate
  • Franz Liszt, the great pianist, composer and director
  • Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, sister of Czar Alexander I and wife of Grand Duke Carl Friedrich
  • Ernst Rietschel, sculptor and creator of the Goethe-Schiller monument outside the National-Theatre
  • Clara and Robert Schumann, husband-and-wife pianists and composers
  • Rudolf Steiner, philosopher and founder of anthroposophy
  • Theodor Storm, the great German writer
  • Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, the famous Russian writer
  • Richard Wagner, famous composer and dramatist as well as musical and stage director
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer, opera composer

In the recent past, several prominent personalities from the world of art, culture and politics have stayed here, including:

  • Mario Adorf, actor
  • Iris Berben, actress
  • Senta Berger, actress and producer
  • Kurt Biedenkopf, CDU politician and First Minister of the Free State of Saxony from 1990 to 2002
  • Peter Boenisch, journalist and government spokesman under Helmut Kohl until 1985
  • Pierre Brice, French actor, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
  • Grace Bumbry, US soprano and mezzo-soprano
  • Rudi Carrell, showmaster
  • Joschka Fischer, Green politician, Foreign Secretary and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1998 to 2005
  • Evelyn Hamann, actress
  • Maria and Margot Hellwig, Bavarian singing duo
  • Rolf Hochhuth, dramatist
  • Leslie Howard, Australian-British pianist, composer and Liszt interpreter
  • Cyprien Katsaris, French pianist and composer
  • Roland Koch, CDU politician and First Minister of Hessia
  • Federal President Horst Köhler with his wife
  • Gidon Kremer, German-Latvian violinist
  • Ruth Maria Kubitschek, actress, who did some of her studies in Weimar
  • Oskar Lafontaine, First Minister of the Saarland from 1985 to 1998, SPD chairman from 1995 to 1999, Federal Finance Minister to 1999 and now chairman of the "Die Linke" party.
  • Volker Lechtenbrink, actor, film and theatre director, song-writer and singer
  • Prof. Edda Moser, star soprano
  • Ivo Pogorelich, pianist
  • Federal President Johannes Rau with his wife
  • Jerome Rose, US pianist
  • Otto Schenk, Austrian actor, cabaretist, film and theatre director
  • András Schiff, Hungarian pianist
  • Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schipanski, scientist and CDU politician
  • Peter Schreier, singer and musical director
  • Barbara Sukowa, actress and singer
  • Wolfgang Wagner, opera director, stage designer and former artistic director of the Bayreuth Festival
  • Guido Westerwelle, Foreign Secretary and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany since 2009
  • Anna Netrebko, globally celebrated soprano and opera star
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