Wartburg Castle

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Eisenach, Germany
Wartburg Castle - on a cold winter day
Wartburg Castle - The Wartburg Castle
Wartburg Castle - The Wartburg Castle
Wartburg Castle - View from the Wartburg
Wartburg Castle - Impressive building
Wartburg Castle - Impressive building
Wartburg Castle - Impressive building

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4711north 4711north
1 reviews
Wartburg castle Sep 18, 2010
I really enjoyed Wartburg, well maintained, helpful staff, a lot of history. This part of Germany is beutiful, and often neglected.The town of eisenach is a nice town, easy to get around, lots of history.
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Koralifix Koralifix
104 reviews
History lesson surrounded by ancient walls Mar 25, 2009
The Wartburg Castle, located in the town of Eisenach in the German state of Thuringia, is one of the country's very historic and interesting places.

Since 1999 the castle belongs to the UNESCO World Heritages and is an even more exciting magnet for history and architecture enthusiasts!

This castle is mostly known as the place, where in 1521/22 Martin Luther translated the Bible's New Testament from Latin into German that every citizen had been able to understand the important context of the church's writings.

The view from the top onto the neat town of Eisenach is truly wide and impressive, the castle's architectural style makes the hearts of many tourists beat faster and the courtyard brings a lovely atmosphere to every visitor.

You can look around the museum and the exhibition on your own but I also recommend an informative guided tour through the building's imposing decorated interiors because that's the perfect way of feeling ancient times come to life again.

(If you are interested in taking as much photos as you like while taking part in a tour you have to pay a small amount for the permission).

You won't regret a flying visit at the Wartburg because this is an absolutely nice sight, which offers both interesting background knowledge about German history and an enjoyable atmosphere high above the daily hustle and bustle.
The Wartburg Castle
Impressive building
View from the Wartburg
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petrarchanprincess petrarch…
34 reviews
Amazing Castle on a Mountain Mar 22, 2008
To me, student discounts at this place are A-MA-ZING (just make sure you've got your card). Okay, just so you know, if you want to go to this place, you have to drive up a mountain, then park, then walk up more of the mountain...it's not for the faint hearted, but let me tell you, if my mom can do it, so can you! (98 year olds in walkers on the other hand need not apply). You can stay at the hotel attached to the castle and they drive you up to the top though...so that's always and option. Anyway, I was really impressed and excited about this place. It's a really cool castle, built with a fantastic view on the top of a mountain. Luther stayed here and wrote numerous theological tracts during his stay, you can even visit his study room. The castle is also very well preserved, and has medieval and renaissance aspects to it. They have a preserved interior medieval staircase...which is virtually unheard of and they have most of the original chambers still intact and following their medieval model. The *only* downside to this place is that a lot of it is reconstructed. Usually this bothers me, but in the case of this castle, it really didn't...and the only explanation I have for that is, that they weren't pretending it was original. For instance, the room of St. Elizabeth has an AMAZING mosaic depicting her life story, that was made in the 1990s. The rooms throughout the castle have frescoes on the wall done in the late 1800s...but again, they were well done and depicted the history of the castle and kept the rooms to their purpose, and thus were still quite impressive. Perhaps most exciting for me was the hall of minstrels, where it has been recorded, some of the greatest German medieval writers and poets performed before Ludwig and his successors.
petrarchanprincess says:
Well then my tour guide lied to me about the dates.
Posted on: May 09, 2010
eirien says:
nice review !!! :)
BUT the glas mosaic was actually made between 1902 and 1906 at the instance of the last German emperor Wilhelm II.
Posted on: Feb 25, 2010
pinchora says:
Oh how I wish we had castles in the USA!!!
Posted on: Apr 04, 2008
eirien eirien
5 reviews
Jan 02, 2008
Overlooking the town of Eisenach in Thuringia, Germany and the green hills of the Thuringian Forest, the Wartburg Castle can be seen from far.

The castle was founded in 1067 by the landgraf Ludwig der Springer and is the only German castle that was chosen to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It was the home of Saint Elisabeth of Hungary and gave shelter to Martin Luther after his excommunication by Pope Leo X and his refusal to recant at the Diet of Worms. During this time Luther translated the Bible in German vernacular, making it more accesible to the ordinary people. His work had a tremendous influence on the Reformation and the German culture.

The castle has a very special magic ... it's like you enter another world and history still seems to be very much alive in the thick stone walls.

In summer there are many tourists but the tours are well organized and available in English.

In December there is every weekend before Christmas a mediaeval Christmas market and if you ever have the chance ... don't miss out on this!!

The prices are very moderate compared to similar sights in France or England.

A trip worth is also the town of Eisenach which is amongst others the birth place of the world famous musician Johann Sebastian Bach.
on a cold winter day

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