In Eisenach you’ll find what is likely to be the narrowest occupied half-timbered house in Germany! A mere 6.7 feet wide, this architectural marvel is located right near Johannisplatz.
Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach are twin themes in this cozy LutherCity. Born in Eisenach in 1685, Bach was a passionate Lutheran who shared many of Luther's beliefs and experiences centuries after the Great Reformer's death. With its historic market square and charming half-timbered houses, Eisenach welcomes you to encounter two sons of LutherCountry in authentic places and indulge in their shared passion: Music! From July to September, for example, guests can enjoy a free organ concert at St. George's Church every day at 11 a.m. Don't forget the Lippmann+Rau Music Archive, either, which chronicles an endless number of music genres.
The Bach House in Eisenach was the world's first Bach museum and invites guests to relish in live musical performances on historic Baroque instruments every hour, on the hour. With over 250 original exhibits, such as a meticulously reconstructed "theological library", visitors receive an unparalleled look at the life and work of one of mankind's greatest composers.
Wartburg Castle fulfills all the expectations one could have of an ancient German fortress. Founded around 1067, this magnificent castle towers 1,300 feet over Eisenach and houses a museum brimming with valuable, unique relics dating back to the Middle Ages. We recommend a special visit to Luther's Cell (Lutherstube), whose religious and historical significance as the room where Luther translated the bible creates a magical atmosphere you have to experience to believe.
This storybook half-timbered house was where young Luther lived with the Cotta family during his three years of study at the local Latin school. A museum since the mid-1950s, the Luther House invites guests to explore the permanent exhibition "Luther and the Bible", featuring historic treasures, surprising insights, and innovative takes on exciting Reformation history.
This magnificent building dating back to 1180 is where Martin Luther served as a choir boy from 1498 to 1501. More than a century later, Johann Sebastian Bach was baptized here, as well. Today, visitors can still see Bach's original baptismal font and marvel at a large painting on the north wall commemorating the Reformation.
The beautiful Reuter Villa is home to the Reuter Wagner Museum, the second largest Richard Wagner Collection in the world. In 1842, Richard Wagner was so inspired by the glorious Wartburg Castle that he made it the setting for Tannhäuser, one of his most impressive operas.