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Church where J. S. Bach was baptised

Eisenach is a city in Thuringia, Germany. It is famous both as the birthplace of the Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as the city where Martin Luther lived as a child. It was while he was staying at Wartburg Castle that he translated the New Testament into German.

Get in

Eisenach is well connected by Deutsche Bahn (DB) trains, from RB regional trains to IC and ICE trains. There are trains to the Frankfurt International Airport's Fernbahnhof, every two hours.

Get around

The town is walkable, and it is a brisk 30-minute hike to the Wartburg Castle up a hill. All other attractions, such as the Bachhaus, Lutherhaus and the churches, are within 10 minutes from the station.


  • Wartburg Castle, +49 36 912500. English guided tour: daily 13:30. A magnificent example of historic architecture and the place where Martin Luther translated the Bible into German. Also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. €9.
  • Bachhaus, +49 3691 7934-0. 10am - 6pm daily. A museum dedicated to the life and works of the Baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. Although Bach himself was not actually born here, the building is historically significant as one of the oldest surviving residential buildings in the town, and dates back to the time when he was alive. €9 (adults), €5 (students).
  • Lutherhaus
  • Bach House
  • Stadtschloss
  • Rathaus
  • Reuter-Wagner-Museum
  • Kartaus Garden and Wandelhalle


Landhaus Pflugensberg, a manor in the style of a castle that was built in the late 19th century





Keep in mind that Eisenach charges a "tourism tax" of 2€ per night per person, which is usually charged on top of the going rate per room.

Go next

On Deutsche Bahn, the other two main attractions of Thuringia: Erfurt and Weimar are within easy reach, with frequent and direct trains.

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