January 3 we drove out to Eisenach and visited the Bachhaus, the childhood home of Johann Sebastian Bach. We arrived just in time to hear the museum curator play some of Bach’s harpsichords and organs. It was really interesting even though most of his presentation was in German, he also spoke some English along the way. After the performance, we quickly worked our way through the museum.
After grabbing lunch at a bakery on the square, we drove up to the Wartburg castle. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally built in the Middle Ages but has been added to throughout the years. It is the place where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German.
A short video of the amazing mosaics.
The Festsaal (Festival Hall) on the top floor of the Romanesque Palas, it runs the entire length and width of the building. The room was the site of the Wartburg Festival of 1817, when members of university fraternities organized what has been called the first democratic meeting on German ground.