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Eisenach Sightseeing and Museums

From: Eisenach, Germany

Bach House Eisenach LEFT: The Bach House is a museum with the world's largest collection of exhibits about the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach. 

Wartburg CastleEisenach's signature attraction is Wartburg Castle (see article and photo gallery), which is on a forested peak overlooking the city. The castle is one of Germany's oldest (it was founded in 1067 AD) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

St George statue and Georgenkirche EisenachWithin the town center, the Georgenkirche, or St. George's Church, is worth a visit. (Admission is free.) The Bach family were organists at the Georgenkirche, and Johann Sebastian Bach was baptized in the church.

The Luther House (see article) and Bach House (see article) are popular with history buffs, religious pilgrims, and music fans. Both museums are centrally located--as is the Collection of Medieval Art in Thuringia, which occupies the former Predigerkirche.

Reuter Wagner Museum EisenachOther local museums include the Old Malthouse, the Automobile Museum (which celebrates Eisenach's long history of car manufacturing), and the Reuter Wagner Museum on the way to Wartburg Castle (see inset photo), which is the second most important Richard Wagner museum after Bayreuth.

Rathaus EisenachBe sure to allow time for simply walking around the Old Town, which has many historic buildings and monuments. A small pedestrian shopping zone connects with the Markt, where you'll find the Town Hall, the tourist office in the City Palace, the Georgenkirche, and market stalls where you can buy food, flowers, and other items on weekdays and Saturdays.)

For more information about sightseeing and museums in Eisenach, see the Sights pages, many of which are in English.

Next page: Hotels and restaurants in Eisenach

Top photo: Thüringer Tourismus GmbH / Guido Werner.
1st inset photo: Wartburg Stiftung Eisenach.
3rd inset photo: Eisenach Wartburgregion Touristik / André Nestler.

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