Eisenach Travel Blog› entry 8 of 28 › view all entries
June 4th, 2006 – by: missandrea81
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 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.
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.
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