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Top Choice Castle in Eisenach

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…
Top Choice German 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 on t…
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…
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 will …
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 vegetar…
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 fish, …
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 …