During his school days from 1498 until 1501, Martin Luther lived in the town house of the Cotta family. Today, this building is known as the Luther House and has been completely renovated. It houses a new permanent exhibition entitled ‘Luther and the Bible’ featuring exceptional exhibits, multimedia presentations and surprising insights. Quite rightly, Eisenach is known as the ‘Reformation Town of Europe’.
On this section of the Luther Trail towards Treffurt, you will follow the highly elevated Rennsteig hiking trail from its beginnings at Hörschel, stop for a break at Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn with its café and organic shop until finally crossing the Werra Bridge of 1223 and passing the Liborius Chapel on the way to Creuzburg. Saint Elisabeth lived at Creuzburg Castle from 1223 until 1228 and even gave birth there to her two children, Hermann and Gertrud.
Normannstein Castle, towering above the town of Treffurt, can be seen from far away. The city centre of Treffurt is characterised by around 250 half-timbered houses built in the Hesse-Thuringian style. Stylistic elements can be seen on many houses. These include sun wheels, beam carvings and man figure strut work (also known as 'wild man', a traditional German timber framing method).
Rest stopsStiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn - Biohotel - Café - Restaurant
Safety informationThe route follows the banks of the River Werra in parts. Beware of slopes and flooding.
Tips and hintsLuther House Eisenach
Stiftsgut Wilhelmsglücksbrunn (German only)
Creuzburg Castle (German only)
Normannstein Castle (German only)
Getting thereComing by car from the A4, take the Eisenach-Ost exit and continue on the B19 towards Eisenach.
ParkingParking spaces can be found at Eisenach railway station or at the start of the tour in the city centre.
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EquipmentSturdy shoes and hiking sticks
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- 38 Waypoints