Wall painting at the Wartburg depicting count Ludwig 'der Springer' in the year 1067 as he pronounces the famous words that later caused the castle to be called Wartburg: "Wart, Berg, du sollst mir eine Burg werden".
We had learned about Martin Luthers time in the wartburg in school and so it was very interesting to see this castle for me. The castle was bigger than I expected, nice tower to look out, 2 restaurants and even a hotel in the castle, but very expensive one.
Great Mosaiks in the castle also and very interesting the rooms of Luther.
An antique copy of the New Testament in German, to be found in the Wartburg Museum. Presumably this book is an early imprint of the text in German as established from the Greek source text by Martin Lüther. These two pages tell part of the story of the birth of Jezus and start off "Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit das ein Gebot von dem Kaiser Augusto ausgieng ..."
The Wartburg Castle is one of the most famous castles in Germany. The castle is very old and was built during the era of Ludowingian - in year 1067. In the medieval times was the castle setting for the minnesingers' contest. Here lived and worked St. Elisabeth. Martin Luther translated the Bibel into German in this castle.
Since 1999 is this castle on UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
A wedding scene - the banner says "Sponsalio ..." - too bad I resized this picture to fit on VT, I'll have to check the original picture to see what else it says. Back in those days, weddings often involved the act of climbing into a bed together in front of all the wedding guests ...
Large wall painting by Moritz von Schwind in the Sängersaal at the Wartburg. The scene depicts the moment in which master Klingsor - he's the one on the left in this painting with the red cape - pronounces his judgement in the rather protracted Sängerkrieg (Singers' Battle) that took place on the Wartburg in the years 1206-1207. Due to strife among the competitors and the hotheadedness of some of the singers, they had decided that the worst singer of them all had to be put to death that same day!
This is the reason you are here - to climb this hill, visit the castle (significant in German history) and leave. If you are not interested by the contents you should be interested by the process. Owning a car is not enough in Wartburg. The parking lots are crowded in summer and the newly established businessmen of Eastern Germany (at the time) were out in full force. What you pay is probably not a big deal and the experience is worth it. You are invited to board a Wartburg, meaning the luxury sedan of East Germany, squished together with three other victims/customers and driven away in clouds of exhaust fumes with a very particular smell. The happy-to-disembark customer is presented with a postcard conveniently depicting the castle and the car with the same name. Now you can go sure that you will never forget this unforgettable experience. The castle is well placed and the views are lovely.
Mosaic apparently depicting count Ludwig getting ready for battle, the banner says: Ludovico lhndgravio ..., that's "Count Ludwig" or Louis in English.
Two aquamaniles, they're "special ewers for the ritual washing of hands (aqua + manos) over a basin" - says Wikipedia.
A portrait of Martin Lüther, wo stayed at the Wartburg as a refugee and translated the New Testament from Greek into German.