Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dragons, Music and the New Testament - Eisenach

On the very edge of the Thuringian Forest, Eisenach is famous both as the birthplace of the classical composer Joann Sebastian Bach, as well as the childhood home of Martin Luther. And it was here at Wartburg Castle that he translated the New Testament into German.

Eisenach is a quaint, historical city. It is a mere 2 hour train journey from Frankfurt or Leipzig. It also is quite close to Dresden and Nuremberg, making it a good stopover between many main touristy spots. The city walls were built during the 13th century and demolished in 19th century. Remains visible today are the Nikolaitor and the Glockenturm. There are plenty of things to see and do in this town. Here are just a few:

Wartburg Castle
The Castle of Wartburg is an outstanding monument of the feudal period in central Europe. It is rich in cultural associations, most notably its role as the place of exile of Martin Luther, who composed his German translation of the New Testament there. It is also a powerful symbol of German integration and unity.

The Bachhaus Eisenach is the first museum in the world dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach. The museum includes the home in which he spent most of his childhood.

Dragon Gully
Truly immerse yourself in the fairy-tale splendor of the town in Dragon gully where legend has it a knight fought a dragon. Don't worry about finding dragons in this nature reserve, just nice hiking trails to take your mind off of a day of sightseeing.

Automobile World EisenachHere twelve topic sections record the more than 110 years of Eisenach automobile construction history.

Luther House
This half-timber house is the childhood home of Martin Luther.

Reuter Wagner MuseumIn 1866, the poet Fritz Reuter (1810 - 1874) had a mansion built by architect Ludwig Bohnsted in neo-Renaissance style at the foot of Wartburg Fortress. As early as 1897, the first Wagner exhibition was opened here and the museum now houses the largest Richard Wagner collection after Bayreuth.

Thuringian Museum - Town Castle EisenachThe Thuringian Museum was founded as early as 1899 and in 1931 the collection of arts and crafts moved to the Town Castle at the marketplace. It focuses on porcelain, faience, glass, graphics, wrought iron, paintings dating from the second half of the 19th century and works by representatives of Expressive Realism.

Take a moment to stop into this historical city in Central Germany. Learn about the dragons and folklore, the rich arts and music history or the reformation at Wartburg Castle. Travel to Germany with Celtic Tours World Vacations

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