For many years now, the historical Christmas market at Wartburg Castle has transported visitors back to a bygone era. You'll meet travelling merchants and all kinds of artisans – from candlemakers and glassblowers to stonemasons and herbalists. Musicians create a festive atmosphere.
Wartburg Castle: truly fascinating
The more than 900-year-old Wartburg Castle towers above the town of Eisenach, visible from afar. Legend has it that Count Louis the Springer announced the construction of the castle with the words: “Wart! Berg, du sollst mir eine Burg werden!” (“Wait, mountain – you shall become my castle!”).
Wartburg Castle is not only a castle par excellence but has also witnessed great German history. It reveals the past of courtly art in the Middle Ages. It was the home and place of work of Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia and the location where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German. The castle also was the inspiration behind Richard Wagner’s romantic opera “Tannhäuser and the Minnesingers' Contest at Wartburg Castle”. The acoustics in the breath-taking “Festsaal”, the ceremonial hall, are the work of Franz Liszt, the former Director of Music of the Court Ensemble in Weimar.
All these highlights continue to give Wartburg Castle its outstanding appeal and make it such a unique and attractive location in the present day. Come and experience the fascination yourself!
The “Lutherstube” in the bailiff’s lodge in the castle is the authentic chamber in which the Reformer Martin Luther lived and worked and has been a popular destination attracting countless pilgrims for many centuries. It is considered to be the birthplace of both the Luther Bible and the modern German language.
The Elizabeth Bower
The bower was created as a lasting monument dedicated to the Landgravine of Thuringia and Princess of Hungary. She was canonised in 1235 and went down in history as “Saint Elizabeth”.
The Castle Courtyards
Before you enter the castle building, it’s well worth taking a careful look at Wartburg Castle’s two courtyards. Both areas are full of fascinating highlights, with the first courtyard featuring an impressive fountain and the second including the castle keep and the south tower, which can be climbed by visitors with a good head for heights.
Five reasons why
Wartburg Castle, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, is not only the most important castle in Germany but also a location with its own exceptional charm and dignity.
The music sets the tone
The “Festsaal” ceremonial hall on the second floor of the residential quarters is considered to be one of the most stunning concert halls in Thuringia. The composer Franz Liszt was even consulted when it was renovated in the 19th century in order to ensure that the acoustics were perfect. This was a worthwhile decision, as can still be heard in the concerts held in the hall on a regular basis in the present day. Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhäuser and the Minnesingers' Contest at Wartburg Castle” is performed at the castle throughout the year. Wartburg Castle inspired the composer, who decided to use it as the setting for this performance. The chance to enjoy this historic piece on its original site is a truly unique experience.
Active adventures surrounding the castle
Anyone who wants to explore the history of Wartburg Castle and additionally enjoy an active adventure can incorporate their visit into a day of hiking or cycling. Several hiking trails lead up to the castle, for example the Luther Trail. Cyclists are sure to enjoy the ride along the Herkules-Wartburg-Radweg.
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