The classic tourist attractions in Eisenach include Wartburg Castle, the Luther House, the Bach House and the Narrow House with a width of 2.05 m and a floor area of just 20 m². Or stroll beneath Wartburg Castle through Germany’s largest ensemble of Gründerzeit villas.
The exact location
Eisenach holds a firm place in history. It was here, high up on Wartburg Castle above the picturesque old town, that Martin Luther first translated the New Testament into German. But that’s not all! Because the city’s most famous son is none other than musical genius Johann Sebastian Bach. So Eisenach is a popular destination for history buffs and music fans alike.
Hiking between legends and fairy tales
The patron saint of Eisenach is St. George the Dragonslayer – so it is not surprising that Eisenach is home not only to a St. George’s Church but also to a Dragon Gorge that is shrouded in myth. This impressive and mystical gorge is just 68 centimetres wide at its narrowest point. The rock formations in the Elves Grotto in the Thuringian Forest are also straight out of a fairy tale landscape. If you still want more, you can go for a hike along the five long-distance trails that pass through Eisenach, such as the famous Rennsteig. Reward yourself on the way back with a visit to the scenic restaurant Phantasie.
A treat to eat
Enjoy coffee and cake in one of the many cafés in town. Often located in impressive townhouses, the cakes taste especially good. Be sure to try the delicious cheesecake at Café Brühein, or enjoy a snack at the Zucker & Zimt Café-Restaurant, with delicious ice cream in summer and tasty chocolates in winter. If you prefer more hearty fare, don’t miss the original Thuringian dumplings or bratwurst.
More to discover
Discover Eisenach with Heiko Kleff, the Tour Guide with the Red Shoes. You’ll find him walking around town as Martin Luther, Henry the Monk or Santa Claus, always wearing his trademark red shoes. Or take a little trip to Hörselmühle Schönau with café and bakery, where you can buy real handmade bread baked according to the old tradition. In the evening, be sure to stop by Jazzclub Eisenach, the oldest jazz club in eastern Germany.
Shopping with a clear conscience
You’ll find lots of beautiful and colourful handmade things in the shop of Treff3 in Schmelzer Straße. Here you are guaranteed to come across a creative handmade gift to take back home. Or how about upcycling – you can buy vintage and industrial design at Vintage Werft Eisenach. For delicate, cheerful craftsmanship in gold, check out Goldschmiede Elisabeth von Thüringen. Be sure to take a look at the handcrafted jewellery. Or visit the Gerold Jakob leather goods shop in Querstraße for a nice selection of handbags, leather belts and purses.
Eisenach train station is within walking distance of the hotel. The station is serviced by ICE, IC and regional trains.
Erfurt-Weimar Airport is about 60 km away. From there it is recommended to continue by train or rent a car.
Coming from the A4, take exit 40a “Eisenach-Ost” in the direction of “B84/Bad Langensalza/Mühlhausen/Bad Salzungen”, turn right onto the L2113, then after 400 m turn right onto the B84. After 650 m take the third exit from the roundabout to stay on the B84. Continue for 4.2 km on Langensalzaer Str./B19, then turn right. At the next traffic light, turn left and follow the main road. Turn right at the next traffic light onto Bahnhofstraße and continue straight ahead, then turn right onto Nicolaistraße. Now turn left onto Karlsplatz. The hotel is on the right.
- Train station (300 m)
- Frankfurt Airport (180 km)
- Erfurt-Weimar Airport (60 km)
- Trade fair centre (60 km)
- Market square (300 m)
- Wartburg Castle (2.1 km)
Lat: 50.975615 | Lon: 10.324827