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