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Follow Luther's footsteps west over the hills of the Thuringian Forest and down into the Werra Valley.
Distance 22.5 km
Highest point421 m
Lowest point207 m
The Eisenach – Berka section is part of the route Martin Luther took in April/May 1521 to and from Wittenberg to the Diet of Worms until his ‘kidnapping’ near Eisenach.
After staying in Worms and making a speech at the Diet, Luther started on his journey back to Wittenberg on 26 April 1521. On 2 May 1521 he stayed at the ‘Alter Stern’ guest house in Berka. On 4 May 1521, Luther was ‘kidnapped’ in Glasbachgrund near Steinbach and taken into ‘protective custody’ at Wartburg Castle. Here he spent many months and translated the New Testament from Greek to German under the alias ‘Junker Jörg' (Squire George).
Legend has it that the devil disturbed Martin Luther in his rooms at Wartburg Castle in Thuringia during the winter of 1521 and 1522. It is said that when the monk, so engrossed in his work in translating the holy word, was interrupted by the scratching and scrapping, he courageously grabbed the ink well and hurled it at the devil's face.
In 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, be sure to visit the special exhibition at Wartburg Castle entitled 'Luther & The Germans', which will be running from 4 May 2017 until 5 November 2017.
Eisenach is easily accessible on the Deutsche Bahn regional and long-distance trains. The KVG Eisenach bus network goes out to Berka on the Werra and you can travel back to Eisenach on the 52 bus. TIMETABLE.
Alternatively you can travel back to Eisenach by train from the neighbouring towns of Gerstungen and Wildeck Obersuhl.
Coming by car from the A4, take the exit Eisenach-Ost and follow the B19 towards Eisenach.
The carpark 'An der Münze' is located right at the start of the tour. LINK.