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Visiting Eisenach

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.

Eisenach, old gateThe 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.

AWE museum We visited the AWE (AutoWerks of Eisenach) museum. A local car company, 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 was sold throughout the communist bloc. Now it is owned by Opel.

Wartburg Castle

Drawbridge A UNESCO World Heritage site, this dates to 1067 AD, according to the stories. Here my son is under a bona fide drawbridge - the only way in and out of the castle. (Being on top of a rocky hill, there is no moat, and no need for one.)

Wartburg Castle Looking up at the castle from under the drawbridge.

South Tower, 1318 The South Tower was built in 1318, and had a dungeon (or at least a pit where they threw prisoners). One prisoner was an early Anabaptist who was imprisoned for years for refusing to baptize his children as infants.

Luther's room 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.

See also my pictures of Meiningen, Helba and Walldorf.

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