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  • The Wartburg

    Looming over the City of Eisenach, in the Land of Thuringia, is the beautiful & historic castle of “Wartburg”. Eisenach is located about 3 hours of Heidelberg – take A-5 to until it ends at Bad Hersfeld, jump north a few kilometers & get on A-4, then shoot straight into Eisenach.

    Believed to have been established about 1067, Wartburg crests a mountain 1300 feet high. The castle was built after 1170, but the site was active prior to that time under the control of Count Ludwig der Springer (‘the jumper” – so named for a daring escape when he had been held hostage). This castle is probably most known for giving refuge to Martin Luther in 1521-1522 while he translated the New Testament into German. His room remains a prime focus of tours of the castle. It is considered by many to be one of the finest Romanesque castles in Germany.

    On the ground floor, one can stand in the knight’s hall – still paved with the original stones where Martin Luther & Barbarossa walked. In St. Elizabeth’s chamber, the walls are covered with a beautiful Byzantine-style mosaic…installed at the order of Kaiser Wilhelm in 1902, but it sure looks period.

    Upstairs, the chapel & other rooms were redesigned in the 1800’s in the medieval style. These are the very floors walked by Wolfram von Eschenbach & the famous Minnesangers of the medieval era.

    There is also an excellent museum featuring historical artifacts related to the castle.

    Lastly, one enters the chamber of Martin Luther, the heretic monk who translated the Bible into German, while he hid in Eisenach & in Wartburg.

    Rooms in Eisenach are affordable. This city also houses the Lutherhaus, another location where Martin Luther hid, as well as the birthplace of Goethe. It’s worth the trip.

    JS
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    Is that light coloured wall a part of the original structure or has that been added since?

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      Re: Re: The Wartburg

      Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
      Is that light coloured wall a part of the original structure or has that been added since?

      Dr. S.
      It is somewhat later...but I'm not sure how late. This is a very historic castle, held by a very influential and powerful family, so improvements were constant.

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