Eisenach is a larger town of 40,000 people about an hour's drive north of Meiningen. There are no Ungerecht connections to Eisenach, but it does hold the church records for the region, including the church at Walldorf. We stayed there, saw some local sights, and did day trips. It has plenty of its own history that we just touched on, here are a few pictures. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The old gate and original town wall shows an interesting combination of modern, old, and the positively medieval. Eisenach first shows up in the records in the 12th century, but archeology shows an old Frankish settlement that dates to the 8th century.
We visited the AWE (AutoWerks of Eisenach) museum. A local car company that started in the 1890's, it became part of BMW before WWII. After this area became East Germany, it was then used to make its own cars (called the Wartburg, after the local castle) that were sold throughout the communist bloc. Now it is owned by Opel.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this dates to 1067 AD, according to the stories. I could include a dozen pictures easily, but since it isn't directly related to the Ungerechts, I'll just include a couple. It was built for defense, on top of a hill, but was never besieged, other than by time and neglect in the 1600's and 1700's. Because of its connection to Martin Luther and general importance, it was refurbished in the 1800's. Here my son is under a walkway and a bona fide drawbridge - the only way in and out of the castle.
The South Tower was built in 1318. About 1/3 of the way up you can see a door hidden in the shadows, that is the top of the dungeon pit where they threw prisoners. One such prisoner was Fritz Erbe, an early Anabaptist who was imprisoned from 1540 until his death in 1548, for refusing to baptize his children as infants. The Anabaptists, who believed only in adult baptism, gave rise to the Amish and Mennonites. Interestingly, we have Erbes in our Ungerecht family tree, but we're probably not related to Fritz.
Martin Luther spent quite a bit of time in Eisenach, and after the Catholic church rejected his proposal for change and excommunicated him in 1521, he fled here. This is the room where he spent most of his time, working on a German translation of the Bible. The whale vertebra is original to his time here.