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Top ChoiceCastle in Eisenach


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...

Top ChoiceGerman in Eisenach

Weinrestaurant Turmschänke

Going strong since 1910 – when the hotelier of the Kaiserhof connected his premises to the 11th-century defensive tower next door – and persisting through the GDR years, this hushed hideaway scores a perfect 10...

Museum in Eisenach


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...

Historic Building in Eisenach


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...

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...

Italian in Eisenach

Villa Antik Rinascita

A little removed from the Old Town action, this free-standing villa on the road to the Wartburg shows some serious Italian flair in the kitchen. Vegetarians will need to stick to the pasta menu, but carnivores...

Cafe in Eisenach

Zucker + Zimt

'Sugar and Cinammon' is both cake shop and cafe, offering coffee, breakfast, salads, sandwiches, crêpes and homemade cakes alongside praline, chocolate and ice cream. With a modern, green decor and plenty of...

Italian in Eisenach

La Grappa Pasquale Esposito

The sunny terracotta terrace of this local favourite takes you straight back to the homeland. Heavier meat dishes such as pork fillet baked with cream, spinach and mozzarella are balanced by a broad choice of...

Church in Eisenach


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...

Palace in Eisenach


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...

German in Eisenach


Linen-draped tables beneath an ancient vaulted brick ceiling (a cellar left over from the long-departed 12th-century castle) set the tone of this traditional chow house. Predictably, meals are honest-to-goodness...

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...

Museum in Eisenach


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.