As a witness of German history, the more than 900-year-old, world-famous Wartburg has ranked among the UNESCO-World Heritage since 1999. According to legend, Ludwig der Springer announced its foundation in 1067 with the words: ”Wart! Berg, du sollst mir eine Burg werden!” (“Hold! Mountain, you shall become a castle for me! “). This little fortress became an important centre of court art in the 12th century. Walther von der Vogelweide and Wolfram von Eschenbach encountered each other here during a legendary singing contest. Holy Elisabeth lived and worked in the Wartburg. Martin Luther was hidden as “Junker Jörg“ in the cavalier’s prison of the castle from May 1521 until March of the following year, and used this time for the translation of the New Testament. His parlour in the steward’s office – destination of innumerable ”pilgrims“ for centuries – is birthplace to both the Luther Bible and the modern German language.
Finally in 1817, the castle was the venue of the Wartburgfest of the German student fraternity, and in the middle of the 19th century, Wagner was inspired here for his romantic Opera "Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf der Wartburg".
Daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November to March 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. (guided tours)
Closing time of the castle gate: April - Oct. 8 p.m. Nov.- March 5 p.m.
Auf der Wartburg 1
Telephone 03691 - 2500