Welcome

to the Wartburg-city Eisenach

The Society of  Eisenach Historical Guides is a professional, business organization of certified historical guides for the Wartburg city of Eisenach. It was founded on March 16, 1994 and is a registered member of the German National Tourist Guide Association (BVGD). You may review our certified guide list here and directly contact the guide of choice with your questions, inquiries and booking details.

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Wartburg

Wartburg Castle

It has been said, „if you know nothing of history, Thuringia is a good place to start.“                      St. Elizabeth’s exemplary life of charity for the poor and care for the sick, which lead to her canonization, is sourced in Eisenach and  at the Wartburg Castle.                                                     Martin Luther was educated at the Latin school in Eisenach. Twenty years later, his later translation of the New Testament at the Wartburg Castle ignited Eisenach as an epi-center of the Reformation.                                                                                          

Of all castles, only the Wartburg has playedsuch a paramount, historical role in both the Catholic and Protestant churches.     The Wartburg Castle was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999 (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/897). The 12th century development of Eisenach paralleled the origin of the Wartburg.   

For an up close and personal introduction, as well as a profound and entertaining impression of Eisenach’s historical uniqueness, we recommend a walking tour through the old city. You may review our certified guide list here and directly contact the guide of choice with your questions, inquiries and booking details.

Here are some of our city’s more popular points-of-interest:

Eisenach was founded by the Ludowinger landgraves during the second half of the 12 century. It was known as „Isenacha“ and was the capital city from which the Ludowingers governed their principalities. They also developed Eisenach into the third largest European curtural mecca, next to Paris and Vienna.

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St. Elizabeth spent the majority of her short, impactful life at the Wartburg Castle. To this day, she is acknowledged and honored throughout the world by both Christian faiths as the patron of brotherly love.

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Three hundred years later came another personality to the Wartburg and this was after both the king and church had pronounced him an outlaw. There, Martin Luther translated the New Testament during the last 10 weeks of his 10 month protective custody. Eisenach already knew him well. As a Latin school student, he roved with the boys‘ choir and sang for alms.

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Bach-Denkmal

200 years later Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, who later brought the Bible to life through his music. The baroque musician Bach composed the music which not only thrills the listening ear, but moves the soul of the generations.

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The personalities of J. Pachelbel, D. Eberlin, P. Hebenstreit and G.P. Telemann played important roles in Eisenach history. It was at a time when Eisenach was home to noble residents of the Sachsen-Eisenach dukedom. During the Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach time, the city served as second residence to the dukes. Beautiful neighboring Wilhelmstal was their summer quarter. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was often seen on the streets of Eisenach.

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At the beginning of the 20th century, Eisenach had the goal to become a spa city. Much was invested in the plentiful construction. Additionally, one of the largest and most elaborate villa quarters in all of Europe came into being. Skillful, strategic integraton into the natural landscape provided most of it’s impressive 400 villas with a majestic view to the Wartburg.   

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One of these villas was built by the famous Low-German author Fritz Reuter. With his wife Luise, he spent his last 11 years in their Roman-villa style residence. Today the property houses a museum dedicated to Reuter and exhibits the second largest collection of Richard Wagner memorabilia in Germany. Wagner was often in Eisenach and, out of his inspiration, he chose the Wartburg to host his opera Tannhaeuser. 

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aweEisenach’s reputation as a convention and meeting location goes back many years. The SPD political party was founded in the city in 1869. Since 1898, Eisenach has been a hub of automobile production, which includes the modern Opel manufacturing facility. The Automobile World Eisenach Museum is a joy for the auto enthusiast. It exhibits highly polished vehicles from a bygone era, as well as current production models.

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im Hainich

The lush fauna surrounding the city entices one to adapt to a slower, enjoyable pace and saunter along one of the numerous wooded trails. The Rennsteig, the most famous 100 mile nature trail in Germany, starts in Eisenach. A short drive leads to Hainich, a UNESCO listed nature area. Unique? The walkway is at the tops of the trees!

Curious? Then simply come and experience the wonderment for yourself…