Not far from the artificial ruins in Ilmpark stands a monument to the English writer William Shakespeare. The tribute of a British poet in Weimar surprises, but there are interesting links. Goethe is considered one of the main protagonists in the German Shakespeare reception in his time.
The monument was created by the Berlin sculptor Otto Lessing (1846-1912) and unveiled in 1904. It is considered the only monument erected in continental Europe for the famous playwright from England.