Eisenach attractions

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Wartburg

When it comes to medieval castles and their importance in German history, Eisenach's Unesco-listed Wartburg dominates the landscape. This huge medieval castle, 40,000 tonnes of sandstone on a craggy hill, has featur…
Museum in Eisenach

Bachhaus

Comprising two 15th-century houses knocked together in the early 17th century, this is Johann Sebastian Bach's actual birthplace, and an international site of pilgrimage for music lovers. Founded in 1907 and still o…
Historic Building in Eisenach

Lutherhaus

The religious reformer Martin Luther lived here as a schoolboy from 1498 to 1501, in one of Thuringia's oldest and most handsome half-timbered houses. Now including a modern annexe, the museum's permanent collection…
Museum in Eisenach

Automobile Welt Eisenach

Housed in the 1936 Automobilwerk Eisenach (AWE) factory, this museum celebrates a history of auto-manufacture dating to 1896, when the first 'Wartburg' (based on the French Decauville) was produced. There are plenty…
Church in Eisenach

Georgenkirche

Dominating Eisenach's central square, this is the baptismal church of St Elizabeth and Johann Sebastian Bach. It's also where Martin Luther sang as a boy soprano, and later preached his reforming doctrine while unde…
Palace in Eisenach

Stadtschloss

Dominating the northern side of Markt is the baroque facade of this former ducal residence, now housing tourist and municipal offices and the Thuringian Museum. Within, a series of restored rooms display Thuringian …
Museum in Eisenach

Reuter-Wagner Museum

This museum, housed in the 1866 villa once owned by writer Fritz Reuter, hosts the most extensive collection on the composer Richard Wagner’s life and times outside Bayreuth, with over 200,000 items. Located at the …
Museum in Eisenach

Predigerkirche

The crypt and several other rooms of this 13th-century Dominican church house the Thuringian Museum's exquisite collection of medieval sculpture, paintings and liturgical objects.