High above Eisenach, Germany you can find a wonderful castle that played an important role in German history: the Wartburg. It was created in the year 1067 CE and is today a UNESCO world heritage site. The castle is well known as the place where Martin Luther translated the New Testament of the bible from Latin to German between 1521-1522 (using the pseudonym ‘Junker Jörg‘ to hide away).
The Wartburg was also location of two big assemblies known as Wartburgfest. The first one in 1817 was to commemorate the reformation of the church and the battle of Leipzig (‘Völkerschlacht von Leipzig‘). The second one in 1848 was focussed on the (failed) German revolution. The beautiful castle Neuschwanstein was designed after the Wartburg – that is true concerning the shape but also concerning the design of the ballroom. Additionally the Wartburg is absolutely at the heart of Germany – it is only some kilometers afar of the geometrical center of the country.
You can reach the Wartburg easily by public transport; the Luthershuttle collects visitors throughout the city and brings them to the Wartburg. The trip costs 2.50 Euro and ends at the donkey station underneath the castle. From there it is a rather short but steep walk up the hill. But you can also have a 30 minutes walk from the city center to the castle. On the way you can read information about Martin Luther on multiple signs.
The entrance to the castle is free and you can book guided tours if you want. If you like some views from up above you can climb onto the southern tower – the fee is 1 Euro. At the Wartburg you will also find a hotel, two restaurants and restrooms.
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