Wartburg Castle Photos
Wartburg Castle didn't just inspire Martin Luther's
translation of the Bible into German or Richard Wagner's transfer of the
Tannhäuser legend to the operatic stage: It also inspired the
or at least its name.
In 1898, the first car factory in Eisenach built
the Wartburgwagen. The name "Wartburg" was later used on BMW's first
sports car in the 1930s. From 1956 until the fall of the German Democratic
Republic, the Wartburg was a popular car in East Germany and abroad. Production
ceased in 1991, and today Eisenach's 2,000 auto workers (compared to 12,000 in
the Wartburg's heyday) are building Opels.