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 under papal ban. At 11am, Monday to Saturday from June to September, there are free 30-minute organ recitals; drop in to appreciate the same acoustics as the Bach family, various members of which played here for over 130 years.

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2. Lutherhaus

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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…

3. Predigerkirche

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4. Bachhaus

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Comprising two 15th-century houses knocked together in the early 17th century, this is Johann Sebastian Bach's actual birthplace, and an international…

5. Reuter-Wagner Museum

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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…

6. Automobile Welt Eisenach

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Housed in the 1936 Automobilwerk Eisenach (AWE) factory, this museum celebrates a history of auto-manufacture dating to 1896, when the first 'Wartburg' …

7. Wartburg

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8. Rathaus

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