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

Hiking trail · Welterberegion Wartburg-Hainich
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  • Georgenkirche Eisenach
    / Georgenkirche Eisenach
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Lutherhaus Eisenach mit Anbau
    / Lutherhaus Eisenach mit Anbau
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Wartburg Eisenach Palas
    / Wartburg Eisenach Palas
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • Vachaer Stein
    / Vachaer Stein
    Photo: Metilsteiner, CC BY-SA, By Metilsteiner (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Dorfkirche Oberellen
    / Dorfkirche Oberellen
    Photo: Metilsteiner, CC BY-SA, By Metilsteiner (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Gasthof "Zur Post"
    / Gasthof "Zur Post"
    Photo: Metilsteiner, CC BY-SA, By Metilsteiner (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
0 150 300 450 600 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 St. Annenkirche - Eisenach Luther auf dem Reichstag in Worms

Follow Luther's footsteps west over the hills of the Thuringian Forest and down into the Werra Valley.
moderate
24.5 km
6:20 h
426 m
442 m
The Eisenach – Berka section is part of the route Martin Luther took in April/May 1521 to and from Wittenberg to the Diet of Worms until his ‘kidnapping’ near Eisenach.

After staying in Worms and making a speech at the Diet, Luther started on his journey back to Wittenberg on 26 April 1521. On 2 May 1521 he stayed at the ‘Alter Stern’ guest house in Berka. On 4 May 1521, Luther was ‘kidnapped’ in Glasbachgrund near Steinbach and taken into ‘protective custody’ at Wartburg Castle. Here he spent many months and translated the New Testament from Greek to German under the alias ‘Junker Jörg' (Squire George).

Legend has it that the devil disturbed Martin Luther in his rooms at Wartburg Castle in Thuringia during the winter of 1521 and 1522. It is said that when the monk, so engrossed in his work in translating the holy word, was interrupted by the scratching and scrapping, he courageously grabbed the ink well and hurled it at the devil's face.

Author’s recommendation

In 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, be sure to visit the special exhibition at Wartburg Castle entitled 'Luther & The Germans', which will be running from 4 May 2017 until 5 November 2017.
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Author
Paul Hentschel
Updated: August 25, 2017

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
421 m
Lowest point
207 m
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Rest Stop

Sängerwiese meadows
Romantik Hotel auf der Wartburg - Eisenach

Safety information

The route is well developed and signposted. There are no further safety precautions to observe.

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and hiking sticks

Tips, hints and links

3 Hammers – The full power of the Reformation

Wartburg Castle near Eisenach

Start

Thuringia Museum Prediger Church – Eisenach (223 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.974754, 10.317108
UTM
32U 592469 5647843

Destination

St Laurentinus – Berka on the Werra

Turn-by-turn directions

Eisenach – Wartburg Castle – Sängerwiese meadows – Hütschhof – Oberellen – Herda – Berka/Werra

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Eisenach is easily accessible on the Deutsche Bahn regional and long-distance trains. The KVG Eisenach bus network goes out to Berka on the Werra and you can travel back to Eisenach on the 52 bus. TIMETABLE.

Alternatively you can travel back to Eisenach by train from the neighbouring towns of Gerstungen and Wildeck Obersuhl.

Getting there

Coming by car from the A4, take the exit Eisenach-Ost and follow the B19 towards Eisenach.

Parking

The carpark 'An der Münze' is located right at the start of the tour. LINK.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
24.5 km
Duration
6:20 h
Ascent
426 m
Descent
442 m
Public transport friendly In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Culture

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