Wartburg Eisenach

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"Wartburg" in Eisenach, Thueringen
     My second day in Thuringen and the weather has not improved. It's June for crying out loud!!!! Anyways, today my dad wants to show me the Wartburg Eisenach which is about an hour drive from Erfurt. As soon as we got near the city of Eisenach I was already able to spot the fortress up in the hills. The Wartburg castle was supposedly built in 1067 by a Graf which means count or earl. It is said that this earl had dirt delivered from his own land to build the castle on top of. That's just crazy if you ask me. hahaha The castle has played an important role in history as well.
The drawbridge
In 1521 to 1522 Martin Luther was hiding in this very castle. In this time he translated the New Testament into German. But enough with history already. hahaha So we drove through the very nice town of Eisenach but our goal was to see the castle so we didn't bother to look for parking until we got high up on the hill. The parking fee was pretty steap from what I remember but who cares. If you want to see something you have to make sacrifices. hehe From the parking lot you can take a bus up to the castle but we decided to walk. Even though it was raining, but hey, that's my dad for ya! So we huffed and puffed all the way up to the castle's wall. Right outside the draw bridge is the first spot where you can get a nice view of the surrounding area. There's a few old canons standing around and a lot of chances to get a good picture of the Wartburg.
Wartburg

Now to how to get into the castle. The castle gate behind the drawbridge is the only access to the castle, and it has remained exactly as it was throughout the centuries. A lot of things have been added or overbuilt by new structures and halls. In the 1960s the Wartburg was actually restored to what it had looked like in the 16th century by the East German government. They wanted to keep the room that Luther stayed in as original as possible. So they kept the original desk, hardwood floors and walls intact.
We didn't pay to go see the inside of the castle but you still get to see quite a lot of the inside of the castle grounds and parts of the museum for free. Martin Luther's room was of course chained off so no one would write/carve their name on his desk. However there are no guards so I guess you could have if you wanted to.
The Wartburg
haha
The south tower is the only thing that has been kept original from the medival times and has a dungeon. I also didn't get to see that, but just the thought gave me the creeps.
After we had explored the castle and the grounds around it we decided to go back down to the foot of the hill because we had read something about a Drachenschlucht or dragon valley. We found it and parked on the side of the road, this time for free. :-)
We started walking which turned out to be a very muddy hike with it raining and all. In my head I was crying over my ruined Sketchers because I knew my dad didn't care of course. haha
The trail went along a creek that every once in a while was so swollen from the rain that we had to find a dry(er) path to walk. After a while the stone walls came closer and were rising high on our right.
old canon
To the left the small creek was getting wilder with every other step. Now we had reached a spot where the creek turned and went in between two rock walls. There was a wooden path built OVER the creek so if you looked in between the wooden branches you could see the water running underneath. The bath had also not been renewed in a while. There's always a little adventure when going somewhere with my dad. So we kept going. At some points I thought for sure that we would turn around cause my dad had to move sideways through some of the path because he couldn't fit any other way. hahaha There was also some spots were someone else obviously had broken through the wood with a foot, so you really had to watch your step.
Then we reached a little opening in the walls with actual ground underneath our feet. A little waterfall came crashing down next to us. We walked around a couple more corners but decided that if the path would really crash under our feet there was a slim chance that we could call for help from a cell phone so we turned around.
So no dragons in this valley, sorry if I built up your hopes. ;-)
The drive back to Erfurt was uneventful, so I'll spare you from that.
missandrea81 says:
He's very adventurous, but he's getting more quiet now. I'm glad he got to see a lot of Europe by now, since he worked his butt off for the first half of his life. :)
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012
sylviandavid says:
LOL..... great entry.... your dad has pluck!
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012
marksreynolds says:
What, no Dragons!! I was so looking forward to that! :) hahaha
Posted on: Aug 21, 2009
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Wartburg in Eisenach, Thueringen
"Wartburg" in Eisenach, Thueringen
The drawbridge
The drawbridge
Wartburg
Wartburg
The Wartburg
The Wartburg
old canon
old canon
Inside the Wartburg
Inside the Wartburg
Inside the Wartburg
Inside the Wartburg
Part of a fountain
Part of a fountain
Fortress wall
Fortress wall
Stairs up the watch tower
Stairs up the watch tower
Inside the wartburg
Inside the wartburg
Old armor in the museum of the War…
Old armor in the museum of the Wa…
Martin Luthers room inside the fo…
Martin Luther's room inside the f…
Silly hat picture
Silly hat picture
In the Drachenschlucht
In the "Drachenschlucht"
Walking through the Dragon valley …
Walking through the Dragon valley…
The Dragon valley
The Dragon valley
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