Wartburg Castle

With its thick walls and towering spires, this UNESCO World Heritage site has seen emperors, saints, and famous reformers walk its halls, making it an unmissable gem in the heart of Thuringia. Read more

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Wartburg Castle's historical significance is deeply intertwined with the cultural and religious evolution of Germany. Constructed in the Middle Ages, it became a significant center of power during the rule of the Thuringian landgraves. Its most notable resident, however, was Martin Luther, who sought refuge in the castle in 1521 and translated the New Testament into German during his stay, laying the foundation for the Protestant Reformation.
The castle's architecture is a melange of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles, showcasing the artistic evolution over centuries. Visitors are captivated not only by its magnificent Palas (main building) but also by its art collection, which spans from medieval times to the 19th century. The Singer's Hall, decorated with vivid frescoes, stands as a tribute to the medieval Minnesänger contest celebrated in Wagner's opera "Tannhäuser."
Wartburg Castle is more than just a historical monument; it's a journey through time, celebrating Germany's rich tapestry of art, religion, and history. Every stone and mural tells a story, waiting to be discovered by those who tread its ancient corridors.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Wartburg Castle

Palas (Great Hall)

The oldest and most significant part of Wartburg, it boasts a richly decorated interior with vibrant frescoes and wooden sculptures.

Luther Room

The very chamber where Martin Luther translated the New Testament, it remains preserved with period furnishings, allowing visitors to glimpse into the reformer's life.

Singer's Hall

An ode to the legendary Minnesänger contest, this hall boasts beautiful murals depicting the famous singing competition.

The Castle Museum

Showcasing an extensive collection of arts, crafts, and historical artifacts, it provides an in-depth look into the castle's storied past.

Elizabeth Chamber

Dedicated to St. Elizabeth of Hungary, this room displays intricate wall paintings detailing her life and deeds.

Wartburg's Battlements

Offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Thuringian Forest and Eisenach below, it's a must-visit spot within the castle.

South Tower

The oldest part of the castle, climbing it rewards visitors with unparalleled views of the surroundings.

Ritterhaus (Knight's House)

A Romanesque building with splendid architecture, hinting at the medieval aura of the castle.

Drawbridge and Gate

A beautifully preserved entry to the castle, evoking the defensive structures of the Middle Ages.

Wartburg Garden

A serene spot, ideal for relaxation, offering views of the castle and its lush surroundings.

What else to visit
In and around Wartburg Castle

Bad Hersfeld (43.71 km)

Delve into the spa town of Bad Hersfeld, a gem nestled in the heart of Germany's Hesse region. Famed for its therapeutic waters, historic ruins, and an acclaimed annual theater festival, this town is a blend of relaxation, culture, and rich history.

Erfurt (50.23 km)

Erfurt is the capital and largest city of the German state of Thuringia. A city with a rich history and monuments, with a university and important institutions, lies on the River Gera, 100 km southwest of Leipzig, 113 km east of Kassel and 180 km southeas

Erfurt (50.56 km)

Erfurt, the picturesque capital of Thuringia, Germany, captivates with its medieval charm and rich history. Often overlooked by tourists, this gem boasts half-timbered houses, grand churches, and a legendary bridge complex that rivals Venice's Rialto.

Fussen (63.54 km)

Füssen, a picturesque Bavarian town at the foot of the Alps, is the gateway to the magical world of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. Get ready for a journey into a fairytale landscape full of history, beauty and an unforgettable atmosphere.

Fulda (63.54 km)

Uncover the historical essence of Fulda, a captivating German town brimming with baroque architecture and deeply rooted in religious significance.

Buchenwald Concentration Camp (66.32 km)

Buchenwald stands as a somber testament to the darkest chapters of human history. Opened in 1937, this concentration camp witnessed unspeakable atrocities and has since become an enduring symbol of the Holocaust's horrors.

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