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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

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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Updated: 01 25, 2017

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

Routes through this place

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Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
92.9 km
5:20 h
452 m
479 m
169 km
44:57 h
2521 m
2301 m
7.5 km
1:30 h
0 m
6 m
49.6 km
5:47 h
940 m
949 m
36.5 km
10:00 h
465 m
472 m
4.4 km
1:25 h
166 m
166 m
515 km
10:30 h
8272 m
8161 m
1.7 km
1:00 h
163 m
0 m
33.3 km
10:00 h
589 m
943 m
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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  • 18 Routes nearby
05 31, 2016
moderate open
9.4 km
3:00 h
207 m
206 m
8
by Lisa Schmidt,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
Bicycle Ride · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich

ADAC GrenzTour 3: Wartburg grüßt Stiftsruine

03 23, 2016
easy
92.9 km
5:20 h
452 m
479 m
by ADAC Hessen-Thüringen e.V.,  ADAC Hessen-Thüringen e.V.
03 03, 2015
moderate Multistage tour open
169 km
44:57 h
2521 m
2301 m
1
by Paul Hentschel,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
11 10, 2017
difficult open
454.1 km
100:00 h
12515 m
12299 m
by Paul Hentschel,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
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Werra Wasser Wandern 7: Hörschel - Creuzburg

03 24, 2017
easy
7.5 km
1:30 h
0 m
6 m
by Werratal e. V.,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
08 08, 2018
moderate open
10.3 km
3:11 h
238 m
217 m
by Lisa Schmidt,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
Hiking trail · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich

Luther Trail Tour Tip: Wartburg Castle – Eisenach – Hohe Sonne site

05 04, 2016
moderate
14.2 km
4:30 h
418 m
418 m
4
by Paul Hentschel,  Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
Mountainbiking · Rhoen

MTB-Tour 29.07. Wandertag

05 12, 2017
49.6 km
5:47 h
940 m
949 m
by ADAC Hessen-Thüringen e.V.,  ADAC Hessen-Thüringen e.V.
Hiking trail · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich

Luther Trail: Section 04 – From Eisenach to Treffurt

05 13, 2016
moderate
36.5 km
10:00 h
465 m
472 m
by Paul Hentschel,  Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
07 10, 2018
difficult open
4.4 km
1:25 h
166 m
166 m
by Lisa Schmidt,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
11 14, 2018
moderate open
3.9 km
1:19 h
150 m
151 m
by Lisa Schmidt,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
08 08, 2018
moderate open
515 km
10:30 h
8272 m
8161 m
by Paul Hentschel,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
02 02, 2016
moderate
17.7 km
5:30 h
405 m
311 m
by Paul Hentschel,  Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
06 06, 2019
difficult open
33.2 km
4:14 h
638 m
637 m
by Lisa Schmidt,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
Hiking trail · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich

Luther Trail Tour Tip: Luther Experience Trail Eisenach

02 23, 2016
moderate
1.7 km
1:00 h
163 m
0 m
by Paul Hentschel,  Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
Hiking trail · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich

Luther Trail: Section 03 – From Eisenach to Berka on the Werra

05 12, 2016
moderate
24.5 km
6:20 h
426 m
442 m
by Paul Hentschel,  Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
Hiking trail · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich

Luther Trail: Section 01 – From Glasbachgrund to Eisenach

05 09, 2016
moderate
33.3 km
10:00 h
589 m
943 m
by Paul Hentschel,  Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
03 22, 2017
moderate
26.2 km
4:30 h
0 m
15 m
by Werratal e. V.,  Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
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