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Wartburg Castle ticket office and gift shop LEFT: The ticket office and gift shop at Wartburg Castle.

Visitor information

Hours: Wartburg Castle is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (April through October) or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November through March).

Guided tours: Castle tours of 45 minutes run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (April through October) or 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m. (November through March.) Most tours are in German, but from April through October, the castle offers an English tour daily at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets: Admission to the castle courtyard is free, but you'll need a ticket to see the castle interior and the museum. Prices depend on whether you book a guided tour (which we recommend) or just want to visit the exhibition and musem on your own.

You can book tours at the ticket office and gift shop in the courtyard (see photo above) .

For more information, including hours on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, see the castle's bilingual Web site at www.wartburg-eisenach.de.

How to reach the Wartburg

Wartburg Castle is on the southwestern outskirts of Eisenach, on a road called the Wartburgallee.  (It's about 4 km or 2.6 miles from the railroad station.)

By car: If you're driving, follow the street signs for Wartburg. (From the A4 Autobahn, you'll want the "Eisenach-Ost" exit.)

As you leave the city, bear right on the Wartburgallee just after the Reuter Wagner Museum. (Be careful not to continue on the B19, which leads to Mariental.) Follow the winding road to the castle and and park in the public lot. In summer, the lot may be crowded, and you'll need to pay for parking.

By public transportation.: You can save time and avoid parking hassles by taking the KVG city bus from Eisenach's city center or from the bus station in front of the Hauptbahnhof (main railroad station).

Eisenach bus ticket machineTwo KGV routes serve the castle: the No. 10 bus or the No. 13 "Wartburgcity" bus. You can purchase tickets from a Fahrscheinautomat or ticket-vending machine before boarding the bus, from the driver if there's no machine at your stop, or at the tourist office.

Once you've arrived at the Wartburg Castle parking lot by car or bus, you'll need to follow the paved path uphill. The 500-meter or 1/3-mile walk isn't strenuous, but if you're out of shape, you may be out of breath by the time you reach the top. Take a moment to enjoy the views from the scenic overlook before entering the castle.

Please note:

  •  A free shuttle bus is available for elderly and handicapped visitors. (It is not intended for people who simply dislike walking.)

  • On summer days in good weather, children can ride to the castle on donkeys for a fee. Look for the donkey station or Eselstation along the road just after the parking lot.

  • During the summer, Wartburg attracts more than 3,000 visitors per day. To avoid crowds and waiting lines for tours in high season, it's best to visit on a weekday (preferably early in the morning or late in the afternoon).

Staying at Wartburg Castle

The Hotel auf der Wartburg is an historic (and upscale) inn next to the castle. It has 26 double rooms, nine singles, several restaurants (including a cafeteria with outdoor seating), a fitness area/spa, and free parking for guests. The rates, which are fairly reasonable for a luxury hotel, include a buffet breakfast. For more information, visit www.wartburghotel.com.

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