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The world-famous, more than 900-year old Wartburg Castle towers over Eisenach and is visible from afar. Legend says that Ludwig the Jumper announced the creation of Wartburg Castle with the following words: "Wart! Berg, du sollst mir eine Burg werden!" (Wait! Mountain, you shall become a fortress!)

It is not only the epitome of a fortress but bears witness to German history. Wartburg Castle reflects the the courtly art of the Middle Ages. Saint Elisabeth lived and worked here.  Martin Luther translated the New Testament here. The room in the steward's building is the authentic place where the Great Reformer lived and worked from May 1521 until March of the following year. For centuries, it has been the destination of innumerable "pilgrims" and can be seen as the birthplace of the Luther Bible and our modern language.
The festival of German fraternities was held at Wartburg Castle and Wagner wrote his romantic opera “Tannhäuser” here.

All this gives Wartburg Castle its very special attraction today. 

The Hunters' Room is an official branch of the Eisenach Registry Office, located on the 1st floor of the hotel with a view of the inner courtyard and Wartburg Castle. Weddings can be held here. The "Hubertus" wall paintings were completed in the Twenties by Weimar artist Kurt Roquette and gave the room its name. Innumerable couples from all over Germany have enjoyed their most romantic moment here and married in a festive ambience.

Tip: Great fun for children is the traditional approx. 20-minute donkey ride to Wartburg Castle. The donkey station is open in fine weather during the summer months.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Since 1999, Wartburg Castle has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site as "an outstanding monument to the feudal epoch in Central Europe".

Further UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Thuringia can be found at unesco.thueringen-entdecken.de

Opening hours

Monday: 8:30 - 17:00
Tuesday: 8:30 - 17:00
Wednesday: 8:30 - 17:00
Thursday: 8:30 - 17:00
Friday: 8:30 - 17:00
Saturday: 8:30 - 17:00
Sunday: 8:30 - 17:00

Nov - March: 9 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. (guided tours)
Fortress gates close: 8 p.m. from April - Oct.; 5 p.m. from Nov. - March

Guided tours, museum and Luther room, concerts in Grand Hall, historic Christmas market

Detailed information

  • Historism
  • Romanesque

Services

  • Guided tour without appointment
  • Café
  • Snack bar
  • Restaurant
  • Language: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Parking for coach: 22
  • Parking for car: 200
  • For children and families: Donkey rides for children from April to October, depending on weather

Accessibility

Marked parking spaces for the disabled available Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons Assistance for persons hard of hearing Special and personal assistance resources for the disabled

Parking facilities (2.30 x 6.80 metres) below the castle. The approx. 800-metre long path to the castle is only accessible on foot. Visitors with limited mobility can use the shuttle service. A wheelchair-friendly van is available.

Access to WC at car park via a ramp with 2 tracks (6 metres and 7.30 metres long, 1.70 metres wide, 3.5%). Info: accessible at right only = 70 cm, depth = 43 cm, mobility area in front of WC = 140 x 110 cm. Another WC in the hotel at Wartburg Castle. Info: accessible at right only  = 65 cm, mobility area in front of WC = 110 x 120 cm.

The castle site is difficult for wheelchair users because of cobbles and inclines (in some cases up to 20%). Assistance necessary. Paths in Castle with many steps and stairs. Users of manual wheelchairs can visit the museum or concerts by prior appointment and with an escort. Use of a variable aid to climbing steps. Guide dogs permitted outside. Wheelchair for hire. Tactile model of Wartburg Castle with labels in Braille.

Guided tours can be adapted to meet the needs of guests with disabilities by prior appointment.

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Contact information

Wartburg

Auf der Wartburg
99817 Eisenach

Telephone: +49 (0) 3691 25 00
Fax: +49 (0) 3691 20 33 42

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