UNESCO - World Heritage Wartburg


For almost one thousand years, the impressive Wartburg castle has towered above Eisenach. Being a witness of German history and culture, it became part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

It has now been almost one thousand years that this castle high above the city of Eisenach has existed as fortified fortress, magnificent residence, castle hostel and also as place of contemplation and security. Visitors from all over the world experience grand history and little stories when entering the Wartburg. Castle romance, the legendary minstrels’ contest (Sängerkrieg), the life and work of Saint Elisabeth who has been worshiped up to the present day, Luther’s stay and his translation of the New Testament, the celebrations of the German student fraternities and Wagner’s romantic opera "Tannhäuser" - all this provides the Warburg with its special attraction and charm. It is not only just a castle, but a witness of German history and culture and has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1999.

Furthermore, the Wartburg is a unique background for numerous events such like the popular Tannhäuser performances, classic concerts by Deutschlandradio Kultur and the mdr Music Sommer.



Auf der Wartburg 1
99817 Eisenach

phone (0 36 91) 25 00
fax (0 36 91) 20 33 42


Facebook: Wartburg

Opening hours:

April - October
daily 8.30 am - 8 pm
last tour: 5 pm
Guided tours in English Language: 1.30 pm

November - March
daily 9am - 5pm
last tour: 3.30pm
Guided tours in English Language: 1.30 pm


EisenachBeing located in the South of the World Heritage Region Wartburg Hainich, the city of Eisenach is the starting point for culture enthusiasts and hikers. In the city and at the Wartburg, the visitors experience living German history that is approachable to them. 

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Wartburg Donkeys

WartburgeselEisenach: Anja and Peter are almost as famous as the Wartburg. The donkeys love bread, carrots and fine weather. Children and lightweight persons up to 60 kg are allowed to ride on them from the donkey station to the Droschkenplatz.

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Hainich Bus

Prachtige wandelbusThe “Hainich Bus“ connects the two UNESCO World Heritage sites Wartburg and Hainich. Nature fans and persons interested in culture can commute between Eisenach, the Hainich National Park and Bad Langensalza by bus. 

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World Heritage Ticket

WelterbeticketWith the World Heritage Ticket, friends of culture and nature get their money’s worth: Wartburg, Wildcat Village Hütscheroda and the Canopy Walkway with National Park Centre and Root Cave may be visited within two days. Admissions as well as bus trips from one destination to the other and back are included in the price.

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