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Eisenach Travel Guide

Wartburg Castle, Eisenach (photo by Robert Scarth - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
Wartburg Castle, Eisenach.

Introduction

Set in the northern foothills of the Thuringian Forest, the charming Renaissance town of Eisenach is famous for being the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Martin Luther spent his childhood here too, and spent ten months in hiding at Wartburg Castle, where he translated the New Testament from Greek to German, the first translation into a modern language in over a millennium. Richard Wagner's opera Tannhäuser is based on the famous Minstrels' Contest that took place at Wartburg around 1207.

Stadtschloss, Eisenach (photo by Michael Sander - Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license)
Stadtschloss (city palace), Eisenach.

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