Eisenach Travel Guide

  • Wartburg castle
    Wartburg castle
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  • the best known view of Wartburg
    the best known view of Wartburg
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  • Wartburg castle
    Wartburg castle
    by magor65

Eisenach Things to Do

  • Wartburg Castle

    Almost a castle village, spread out on a high hill top overlooking Eisenach. Here's where Martin Luther translated the New Testament from Latin to German in a very short time. I visited here in 2009 and made my Wartburg page here

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  • Reuter-Wagner Museum

    One of the things I want to do next time I am in Eisenach is to go to the Reuter-Wagner Museum, which is said to have the second largest Richard Wagner exhibition in the world -- the largest being at his former home "Wahnfried" in Bayreuth.Open Tuesday - Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays.Admission EUR 4.00, or EUR 2.00 if you get a...

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  • Bach tour - the cemetery

    Eisenach's old cemetery. A monument for the entire Bach family will be found here, within walking distance of the town centre.

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  • The Bach House

    The Bach House in Eisenach is a 600-year-old house which for nearly 100 years has served as a museum and study center devoted to the life and works of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). When the museum was opened in 1907 it was thought that this was the house where Bach was born. In the meantime some doubts about this have arisen about...

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  • Wartburg

    Almost a castle village, spread out on a high hill top overlooking Eisenach. Here's where Martin Luther translated the New Testament from Latin to German in a very short time.I visited here in 2009 and made my Wartburg page here

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  • Bachhaus/ Bach museum

    When visiting Eisenach it is inevitable that you visit the town house where the Bach museum is situated. The myth is carefully kept alive that 'it is said to have been the house where J.S. Bach was born'. However, it isn't. It's just one house that was like one that Bach could have been born in. Having said that, it is an interesting museum. In the...

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  • Beautiful forested path to Wartburg...

    First I like to mention that I didn't take a tour in/around the Wartburg Castle itself as I haven't felt attracted enough. I yet took the long HIKE UP to Wartburg Castle's, a most beautiful forested slope, I really enjoyed. To me this hike - very lonely path through fantastic woods - was the most worthy part of the visit at Wartburg Castle. Of...

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  • Narrow House

    Whenever I visit a new place I always try to find the Tourist Information office to get some suggestions or at least some tourist brochures about the visited area. With the changeable weather during our short trip to Eisenach we were lucky to enter the Tourist Information just in time to find shelter from the downpour outside. Here I learnt about...

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  • Bach house

    J.S. was associated with many German towns, but Eisenach as his birthplace and the place where he spent his childhood years, takes a special position in his biography.Born in 1685 as the son of John Ambrosius Bach - a town musician, John Sebastian was baptised in St George's church in the market square. His family lived in the house in Frauenplan...

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  • The Nicholas gate and church

    The Nicholas Gate and adjacent Nicholas church make a very photogenic couple.The church dating back to 1180 is said to be the last Romanesque church built in Thuringia. It used to be the parish church for the Benedictine convent which had existed here before the Reformation. It underwent alterations at the end of the 19th century.The impressive...

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  • St George's church

    I entered St. George's church just because it was on our way across the market square, only then did I realize its significance.St. George's church is strictly connected with the history of Eisenach and its most outstanding personages.It was here (strictly speaking in the predecessor of the present late-Gothic church) that Landgrave Ludwig IV and...

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  • Eisenach

    Althugh the Wartburg castle is undoubtedly the greatest tourist attraction of Eisenach, the city itself is also worth visiting. After all, it was a birthplace of J.S. Bach and the place where M. Luther spent his childhood, so we are sure to find the traces of their lives here. We started our short walk through Eisenach from its market square...

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  • The towers

    Wartburg has two towers of which only the South Tower (erected in 1318) has been preserved from the medieval castle. It's possible to climb to its top (it costs 0.50 Euro) from where you can have beautiful views over the Thuringian landscape. Halfway to the top there's an entrance to the dungeons where prisoners were kept.The other tower was...

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  • Luther room

    It is so exciting to visit new places, whether they are famous or not. I love admiring different styles and looking for architectural features and details that make the place special. But a building starts 'speaking' to me only when I 'populate' it in my imagination with people who used to be linked with it. In Wartburg and Eisenach it was fairly...

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  • The Elizabeth bower

    One of the rooms on the ground floor of the Palas is called the Elizabeth bower. Architecturally, it looks similar to other roooms on the floor - it has vaulted ceiling and a massive column supporting it, but it is covered with beautiful mosaic laid here in the early 20th century. it is devoted to the most remarkable woman in the history of...

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  • The Grand Hall (Banquet hall)

    The Grand Hall is the biggest hall of the Palas. With approximate 350 square metres it extends over the entire length and width of the Palace. The room was restored in the 19th century according to the perception of that time of the Middle Ages.The Hall was the witness to some important historical events. In 1817 five hundred students gathered here...

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  • The Hall of Minstrels

    One of the best known rooms in the Palas is the Hall of Minstrels. The reason for its fame is the legendary Sangerkrieg - singing contest.At the beginning of the 13th century Wartburg was the leading centre of culture in Europe. The fine arts were generously sponsored by Landgrave Hermann I who organised the contest of minstrels called the Praise...

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  • The oldest part of Wartburg

    The oldest part of the castle is the Palas dating back to the 12th century. It used to house the landgraves' private quarters besides official ones. Its interior architecture is typical of the Romanesque epoch with stone floors and cross vaulting supported by massive columns adorned with beautiful capitals. What's interesting, we can see today the...

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  • The architecture of the castle

    Approaching the castle you will see the best known postcard view of Wartburg - the long white wall with half-timbered tops, a dominating tower and the solid stone buildings. The whole structure looks so hard to access that you are bound to imagine how easily it could defend itself against the invaders. Surprisingly, the history of Wartburg is free...

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  • About the Wartburg castle

    Perched on a high hill and towering Eisenach, Wartburg is one of the oldest and most interesting castles in Germany. The castle was founded in 1067 by Duke Ludwig of Thuringia (aka Ludwik the Springer). As the legend goes the duke came upon the mount and cried: "Warte, Berg! Du sollst noch eine Burg bekommen" (Wait, mountain! You should become a...

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  • Saint Georg fountain

    Saint Georg is the patron of Eisenach. On the Marktplatz /Market square there is a fountain with the golden statue of Saint Georg slaying the dragon.

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Eisenach Hotels

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Eisenach Restaurants

  • How local can you get

    We almost always want traditional German food on our holidays in Germany. This is where we got it. Typical friendliness, very prompt service and a lovely atmosphere.Even though this address is recommended in an Eisenach gastronomic brochure (to be found all over the place, the brochure I mean), there was not a tourist in sight on Saturday...

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  • Delicious Thuringian sausage

    Though I haven't been at Wartburg Castle itself I yet did hike up there, and after my sporty-sweaty effort, I thought that little sausage booth, came perfectly to handy: providing with great, fresh made, fantastic smelling sausages, and hot coffee! This little sausage stand is located right below the Wartburg Castle.Sausage booth of Fleischerei...

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  • Pause for chocolate cake

    Cafe Moritz is right at Eisenach's main road (center) which is really loudy with loads of cars, trucks are passing by. Yet the cafe's indoor is very cosy, lovely a little old fashioned looking with very friendly service and a nice selection of cakes and other goodies. Just perfect after that Wartburg Castle hike is done. Here one can feel how this...

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  • selfservice with a great view

    Kaffee-Terasse Wintergarten is a self-service restaurant with a large terrace and reasonable prices and it is the same building as the 5star-hotel, BUT at the backside, with a different entrance and no way to walk through for the customers ! The prices of this Cafe are a lot more reasonable and the view of Eisenach and the surrounding area is...

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  • great dining in Wartburg

    For hungry visitors i can recommend this great restaurant at Wartburg : Burgschaenke "Gadem" !Burgschaenke or Burgschenke Gadem, there is an old spelling and a new one and it is that building with the half-timbered facade on my main picture. It is a nice place for your meal, a lot cheaper and also less formal than the Landgrafenstube !Burgschaenke...

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  • posh dining at Wartburg

    There are several restaurants of different levels at Wartburg, but Landgrafenstube is certainly the best of them and a special place for festivities and celebrations of all kinds !Part of this restaurant is also the terrace that you may see on my 1st picture.Landgrafenstube is open daily April-November:12.00-03.00 and 06.00-10.00p.m.reservation of...

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Eisenach Transportation

  • Eisenach Classic Card

    Eisenach Classic Card is valid for 72 hours and includes free rides of the buslines 1-15, 53, 93 und 94 to Hörschel (beginning of the hiking-area of Rennsteig) and buses 27, 27a und 32 to Stockhausen, 31 to Hohe Sonne (Rennsteig, Drachenschlucht).In addition it includes free entry to most of the museums of Eisenach likeWartburg, Lutherhaus,...

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  • driving around in a Wartburg vintage-car

    It is possible to drive yourself or be driven around by a chauffeur in a vintage-car in Eisenach. When you click on my link below you get to a hotel in Eisenach, that had such an offer of a vintage-Wartburg or the E 340, that you see on my main photograph.Maybe they own these cars, maybe they rent them somewhere, in any case it might be the best to...

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  • To Eisenach by train

    Haven't been in Eisenach by train. Been to train station nevertheless (to get newspaper), and was very surprised by this station's cleaness, such a neat station! Very lightful! Very friendly! No scary atmosphere, no dirt at all, no bad smell at all, and also it's a non-smoking station! Very impressive! And station has a Subway dining place! Anyway,...

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Eisenach Local Customs

  • Marriage / Heiraten auf der Wartburg

    Marriages are held at the Wartburg as well and the Wartburghotel will help you with all necessary prepaprations, BUT once again, their web-page explaines it only in german and so it might be the best to contact them at the web-adress below and I am sure, as soon as some foreign people had their marriage at Wartburg, they will also have it explained...

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  • Sommergewinn

    Eisenach is famous for its spring festival "Sommergewinn". It is celebrated every year 3 weeks before easter. The procession starts in Eisenach West at 2pm and makes it's way to the market square where the mayor receives them. Frau Sunna (the sun - female in German) and the winter argue on the market square, with Winter loosing and a symbolic straw...

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  • Spinning demonstration

    One of the attractions of the Schmelzer Street Festival was this demonstration of spinning thread on old-time spinning wheels.

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Eisenach Off The Beaten Path

  • Gotha - just 30 km from Eisenach

    Dont miss Gotha, it is so close to Eisenach and it is also a lovely town with a large palace and many interesting buildings. I had a short stop-over there and was impressed by the lovely townhall, that you will see on my 1st and 2nd picture. About 800 meters from the townhall you will see the impressive palace of Gotha, it was built on a narrow...

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  • The grand villas of Eisenach

    On our last visit I had already noted the many beautiful grand old villas in Eisenach. I had not noticed, however, how many there really were. It was only because we stayed at Villa Bomberg, in the 'Villa Quarter' that I realised I need perhaps the better part of a day (next visit!) to enjoy these great buildings of the past.These villas are built...

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  • Waverly is the sister city of Eisenach

    Waverly is a city in Bremer County, Iowa, United States. The population was 8,968 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Bremer County, and is part of the Waterloo–Cedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The sister city of Waverly is the German city of Eisenach, which is famous for the Wartburg castle. Waverly is also the home of Wartburg...

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From Hesse to Thuringia
Transportation
Dragon Gorge
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Town Hall
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Weimar is a great day-excursion from Eisenach
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The KZ Buchenwald -just 40km from Eisenach
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lovely halftimbered houses
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Alte Stadtapotheke
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Karlsplatz
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get to Wartburg by bus, donkey or by car
Transportation
Thueringen-Card
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Thueringer Landestheater
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Bahnhof Eisenach : a beautiful trainstation
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Schmales Haus / the narrowest house in Eisenach
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Marktbrunnen / Georgsbrunnen
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Rathaus / the townhall
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Nicolaikirche
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Nicolaitor
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Bürgerbuero / Stadtverwaltung
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Festsaal was the inspiration for Ludwig II
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a guided tour through Wartburg
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Nikolaikirche - St. Nicholas' Church
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House at Johannisplatz
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Bach Museum in the Bach House
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Creutznacher House at market square
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Stadtschloss - Eisenach Palace
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Bachhaus - Bach house and modern extension
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Georgenkirche - Saint Georg Church
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Martkbrunnen - Market square fountain
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Rathaus - Town Hall
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Karlsplatz - Karl Square
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Nikolaitor - St. Nicholas' Gate
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Wartburg - the part you can see free of charge
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Monument dedicated to Martin Luther
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Automobile Welt Eisenach
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HORCH - museum in Zwickau
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Stadt Apotheke - Town Pharmacy
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House at corner of market square and Badergasse
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Georgenkirche
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Museum
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Luther - museum
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Map of Eisenach

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