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"Wartburg - a place of German history" Top 5 Page for this destination Germany Things to Do Tip by globetrott

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  the Wartburg high above Eisenach
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  • the Wartburg high above Eisenach - Germany
      the Wartburg high above Eisenach
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  • Lutherstube / Luther's Room in the Wartburg - Germany
      Lutherstube / Luther's Room in the Wartburg
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  • Elisabeth-Kemenate in Wartburg - Germany
      Elisabeth-Kemenate in Wartburg
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  • woodcarvings by Tilman Riemenschneider - Germany
      woodcarvings by Tilman Riemenschneider
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  • Der Festsaal der Wartburg - Germany
      Der Festsaal der Wartburg
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Wartburg, high above a hill in Eisenach is an important place of german history. The castle was founded according to the ledgends in the year 1067 by "Graf Ludwig dem Springer" and it became the family-seat of the so-called "Ludowigers" a powerful noble family that became the most important family in the "Holy Roman Empire of Germany" for almost 200 years. In the year 1080 Wartburg castle is mentioned for the first time in the history-books: The Bishop of Merseburg wrote about the "Wartberg" in his book "De bello Saxonico"
In 1155 the Palas, the central building of the castle was built and in 1206 there is the "Saengerkrieg auf der Wartbrg" - it is just a ledgend, but similar events had of course taken place (Mostly without killing the looser of such a competition)
1211-1228 is the period when holy Elisabeth is living at the Wartburg, she was a hungarian princess, and married Landgraf Ludwig IV in 1221. After his death in 1227 she lived a simple life of poverty according to the rules of Franz von Assisi and she died very young in 1228. She became a holy saint in the year 1231.

On my 2nd pic : Lutherstube / Luther's Room is that small room of Wartburg, where Martin Luther stayed between may 4th 1521 and march 1st 1522 under the synonyme "Junker Joerg". It was his living- and workingroom, where he wrote the so-called Wartburg-papers (Wartburg-Postille) and translated the New Testament. Still today the Wartburg-library holds 45o writings by Luther.
The room was not changed a lot since that time, but unfortunately millions of tourists have left their traces over the centuries...

My 3rd pic : Elisabeth-Kemenate is certainly the most beautifully decorated room of Wartburg and while this room was called Fräulein-Elisabeth-Camin-Stuben since the 17th century it became decorated with golden mosaiques showing scenes of the life of holy Elisabeth at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
Especially when you think of this lovely room it might make sense for you to pay the small extra-fee of 1 euros in order to be allowed to take pics for your personal use (without flash and without tripod of course)

My 4th pic : Various woodcarvings made by Tilman Riemenschneider and paintings by Lucas von Cranach dem Aelteren are the highlights of the museum in Wartburg castle. Many of these works of art are well known and shown in the historybooks, but I had no idea, I may see the originals in the Wartburg.
In my picture : 2 angel candlestick-holders, sculptured from limewood by Tilman Riemenschneider around 1510.

My last pic : Der Festsaal der Wartburg is the large hall at the top of the old Palas of Wartburg and after a visit of "mad" King Ludwig II of Bavaria in Wartburg, he ordered his architects to build exactely this same hall also into his castle of Neuschwanstein. It is a pity, that during the guided tour through the Wartburg you may just stand in the back of this hall and take your pics from a quite large distance, but at least you are allowed to take pics (againsts a small fee of 1 euro), unlike Neuschwanstein, where photography is strictely forbidden !
The Festsaal is still used for performances, "Tannhaeuser oder der Saengerkrieg auf der Wartburg" is the most popular !

Wartburg is open throughout the year :
March-October daily 08.30a.m. - 05.00p.m.
Gate closes at 08.00p.m.
Nov-Feb:09.00a.m. - 03.30 p.m. the Gate closes at 05.00p.m.
Dec 24th : last tour is at 11.00a.m.
New Years Eve : last tour is at 11.00a.m.
Entrancefee for the guided tour : 6,50 euros
Photo-Permission : 1 Euro !

Directions: Wartburg and Eisenach is in Thueringen, maybe 1 hour to drive east of Dresden. Of course you can also go there by train !

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  • Updated Sep 9, 2008
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