Introduction

Approaching Eisenach, a small town on the edge of the Thuringian Forest, it might be easy to underestimate its historical gravity. Most significantly, it's inextricably linked to two German cultural immortals: Johann Sebastian Bach and Martin Luther. Luther went to school here and later returned to protective custody in the Wartburg, now one of Germany’s most famous castles and a Unesco World Heritage Site. A century later, Bach, the grandest of all baroque musicians, was born in a wattle-and-daub home and attended the same school as Luther had. Eisenach also has a century-old automotive tradition – the first car rolled off the assembly line in 1896, to be followed later (in 1929) by the world’s first BMW. And when it’s time to shake off culture and civilisation, remember that the famous Rennsteig hiking trail is only a hop, skip and jump away.