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Wartburg Castle near Eisenach

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  • Wartburg Eisenach Palas
    / Wartburg Eisenach Palas
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Wartburg Eisenach Sängersaal
    / Wartburg Eisenach Sängersaal
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Wartburg Eisenach Burghof
    / Wartburg Eisenach Burghof
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Wartburg Eisenach Festsaal
    / Wartburg Eisenach Festsaal
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Wartburg Eisenach Elisabeth Kemenate
    / Wartburg Eisenach Elisabeth Kemenate
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Wartburg Eisenach Großer Saal
    / Wartburg Eisenach Großer Saal
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
Map / Wartburg Castle near Eisenach

The world famous Wartburg Castle is over 900 years old. It towers above the city of Eisenach and is visible from far and wide. Legend has it that Louis the Leaper announced the founding of Wartburg Castle with the words ‘Wart! Berg, du sollst mir eine Burg werden!’ – ‘Wait! Mountain, thou shalt bear me a castle!‘

The Wartburg is far more than just a castle; it is a witness of German history. It tells the story of the courtly art of the Middle Ages, St Elizabeth lived and worked here and it was here where Martin Luther translated the New Testament. The Reformer’s authentic living and working quarters, where he stayed from May 1521 until March 1522, have been a pilgrimage destination for centuries and may also be classed as the birthplace of the Lutheran Bible and the modern German language. The Fest der deutschen Burschenschaften (German Student Fraternities' Festival) was held at Wartburg Castle and it was also here where Wagner wrote his romantic opera ‘Tannhäuser’. All of this still contributes to the castle’s attraction and charm.

The ‘Jägerzimmer’ (Hunting Room) is the official branch office of Eisenach registry office. It is located on the first floor of the Romantik Hotel ‘Auf der Wartburg’. The ‘Hubertus’ murals were created in the 1920s by the Weimar-based artist Kurt Roquette and give the room its name.

Tip: The traditional 20-minute donkey ride up to the castle is a great treat for kids. The donkey stables operate in the summer months when the weather is fine.

Since 1999, Wartburg Castle has been recognised as ‘an outstanding monument of the feudal period in central Europe’ by UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Other UNESCO World Heritage sites in Thuringia can be found at: https://www.visit-thuringia.com/travel-hotel-holiday-tour/unesco-world-heritage-sites-127956.html

 

3D panoramic images:

Interior courtyard of Wartburg Castle >>click here<<

View from the south tower >>click here<<

Large hall in the palace >>click here<<

Opening hours

open today
April – October:

Tours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

English language tour: 1:30 pm

Castle gates close: 8:00 pm

November – March:

Tours: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

English language tour: 1:30 pm

Castle gates close: 5:00 pm

 

Last tour on Christmas Eve: 11:00 am
Last tour on New Year's Eve: 2:00 pm

Fee:

Palace tours and independent museum visits (approx. 1 hour):

Adults and seniors: €9.00

Registered groups of 25 or more: €8.00

Disabled: €7.00

Pupils and students: €5.00

Family ticket: €21.00

Exhibition/Museum only:

Adults: €5.00

Disabled: €4.00

Pupils and students: €3.00

 

It is possible to make reservations for groups of more than 25. Cancellations are free of charge up to 10 days before the date booked. Reductions can only be given on presentation of a valid ID. Children under the age of 6 get in free of charge. Due to our confirmed non-profit status, no VAT is charged on tickets.

Photo/Video permits: €2.00

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Paul Hentschel
Updated: 2017-01-25

Public transport

From Eisenach station, take the number 10a bus to Wartburg Castle. Timetable

Getting there

Coming from the A4, drive through Eisenach and follow the signs to 'Wartburg'.

Parking

Sufficient parking spaces are available at the castle (subject to charge).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Tours through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
Bicycle Ride
92.9 km
5:20 h
452 m
479 m
Long distance hiking trail
169 km
44:57 h
2521 m
2301 m
Canoeing
7.5 km
1:30 h
0 m
6 m
Mountainbiking
49.6 km
5:47 h
940 m
949 m
Hiking trail
36.5 km
10:00 h
465 m
472 m
Hiking trail
4.4 km
1:25 h
166 m
166 m
Scenic Route
515 km
10:30 h
8272 m
8161 m
Hiking trail
1.7 km
1:00 h
163 m
0 m
Hiking trail
33.3 km
10:00 h
589 m
943 m
Canoeing
26.2 km
4:30 h
0 m
15 m
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Wartburg Castle near Eisenach

Auf der Wartburg 1
99817 Eisenach
Phone +4936912500 Fax +493691203342

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238 m
217 m
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moderate
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4:30 h
418 m
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Hiking trail Georgenkirche Eisenach
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moderate
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10:00 h
465 m
472 m
by Paul Hentschel,  Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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difficult open
4.4 km
1:25 h
166 m
166 m
by Lisa Schmidt,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
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moderate open
3.9 km
1:19 h
150 m
151 m
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moderate open
515 km
10:30 h
8272 m
8161 m
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moderate
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5:30 h
405 m
311 m
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moderate
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Hiking trail Lutherhaus Eisenach mit Anbau
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moderate
24.5 km
6:20 h
426 m
442 m
by Paul Hentschel,  Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
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Hiking trail Luther memorial from 1857 near Steinbach
2016-05-09
moderate
33.3 km
10:00 h
589 m
943 m
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moderate
26.2 km
4:30 h
0 m
15 m
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