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).
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.
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.)
f you're driving, follow the street signs for Wartburg. (From the A4 Autobahn, you'll want the "Eisenach-Ost" exit.)I
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.
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).
Two 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.
Staying at Wartburg Castle
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