Kultur & Traditionen entdecken

Sehenswertes in der Welterberegion

Historische Kirchen und Gemäuer, traditionsreiche Denkmäler und faszinierende Aussichten laden in der Welterberegion zu einem Ausflug ein und lassen uns tolle Erinnerungen sammeln.
St. George's Church Eisenach


The town church of St. Georgen stands in the middle of the town. Founded around 1188 by Landgrave Ludwig III, the church has been rebuilt time and again. It was not until 1900 that it was given its distinctive tower. A space to be still, to look and marvel, to pray and listen - this is how St. George's Church welcomes its visitors. Works of art let the eyes wander.

In the tower crypt, the state coffins of the Eisenach dukes and their family members can be viewed. Eisenach's largest and, as the church where Johann Sebastian Bach was baptized , probably best-known church is full of history: in 1221 Elisabeth of Thuringia was married here. Martin Luther sang here in the young people's choir (Kurrende) during his school years and later also preached in this church several times - including shortly before his "abduction" to Wartburg Castle on May 2, 1521. In 1989, it was a starting point for the peaceful revolution in Eisenach.

For over 100 years, members of the Bach family served as organists in St. George's Church. And on March 23, 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach was baptized here. The baptismal font also attracts many musicians to this day. The acoustics of the church interior are a special treat for the ears. And so the church resounds in the Sunday services and in more than 100 concerts annually.

Since 2017, the Evangelical Lutheran Church congregation has always invited visitors to the Bach Festival Eisenach around Reformation Day.

Popperode well house

Next to the medieval deserted village of Popperode, whose inhabitants had moved to the nearby town, the Popperode spring was created, presumably in the year 1199, by a sinkhole. The water-rich stream powered several mills, filled fishponds and supplied the old town with water.

In Mühlhausen’s downtown the stream goes under the somewhat inscrutable name of Schwemmnotte/Swelmena. Grateful for the precious water it provides, the citizens of Mühlhausen regularly visit the spring and every June school children celebrate the Fountain Festival by decorating the pond with flowers and performing songs and dances. To beautify the place mayor Gregor Fleischhauer had the well house built in 1614 and the spring enclosed by descending stone steps imitating an ancient amphitheatre. It has been suggested that he thereby wanted to demonstrate his dedication to the town after having been in conflict with the city council for several years.

The massive ground floor of the well house features three arcades, resembling a stage to the semi-circular spring amphitheatre. The half-timbered upper story, decorated with St. Andrew’s crosses, is crowned with little corner turrets, a dwarf gable and a ridge turret. A balcony offers the possibility to address the celebrating audience. As one of the most scenic springs in the state of Thuringia Mühlhausen’s citizens like to take their guests to Popperode spring, proudly showing off the picturesque ensemble.

To better reach the popular tourist destination as well as a nearby restaurant a tram stop was established. However, the tram stopped operating in 1969. The restaurant had to be closed in 1963 because the lack of a sewage system in a drinking water protection zone.