Castle Wartburg, Eisenach
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the castle Wartburg in Eisenach Germany was first build by Count Ludwig I in 1067. Standing on top of a mountain on the outskirts of Eisenach, it is considered one of Germany’s most prolific national symbols.
A medieval fortress, it stands looming above the town with a rich history dating back a thousand years. Though its history includes many different people including a history of poets and musicians dating back to its early years, it is most well known for its history with Martin Luther in 1521. During this time, Martin Luther, had been excommunicated by the pope, outlawed by the Emperor and spent his time in the bailiffs lodge at Wartburg, living only to translate the New Testament into German from the original Greek texts. Today, this room, known as the Luther Room, is one of the most well known and visited places for religious tourism today.
Tours of this castle include the Luther Room as well as many other of its more famous areas including the Hall of Songs, the Knights Hall and the Landgrave’s Hall. Open daily, plan around the busier times and seasons to maximize the experience.
The town of Eisenach is known for other popular destinations and historical features as well including its other most popular, Johann Sebastian Bach. The Bachhaus or the Bach House and monument is the first monument and museum dedicated to the life of Bach and was constructed in 1884. Standing next to the house where Back was born in 1685, the museum includes many artifacts of his life and 18th and 19th century music as well.
A small city of less than 50,000, many other attractions exist including the city center, the Stadtschloss, the Rathaus and the Kreuznacher House and Lutherhaus. A beautiful and historic town, this is a great choice for any lover of history in the beautiful country of Germany.
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