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The Wartburg

Contact Information:

Wartburg Foundation, at the Wartburg, 99817 Eisenach, Germany
Tel. ++49 36 91 25 00, Fax ++49 36 91 20 33 42
Internet: http://www.itcwebdesigns.com/tour_germany/wartburg01.htm

Description:

The castle where Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German and where he got mad with the devil and through a glass full of ink at him. It is a legend. The dark spots found on the wall turned out to be caused by the smoke of the stove. They have been "touched up" several times over the years because collectors took pieces out of the wall. However, Martin Luther was really fighting the devil with ink. He stated that - but he meant with the written word and not by throwing a glass full of ink. The guided tours give you many information.

The Colditz Castle

Contact Information:

Colditz Castle, Tiergartenstraße, 04680 Colditz, Germany
Tel. ++49 34381-449 87, Fax ++49 34381-434 04
Internet: http://www.colditz-4c.com/glider.htm

Description:

Readers of Soaring may recall the television movie "The Birdmen" in which Allied POW's constructed a glider and launched it from the rooftop of the German castle used to imprison them. What you may not know is there actually was such a glider, constructed by British officers held captive in Colditz Castle during WWII. Colditz is located in Saxony.

The Oberschloss in Kranichfeld

Contact Information:

Wartburg Foundation at the Wartburg, 99817 Eisenach, Germany
Tel. ++49 36 91 25 00, Fax ++49 36 91 20 33 42
Internet: http://www.itcwebdesigns.com/tour_germany/kranichfeld_oberschloss01.htm

Description:

The foundations of the castle date back to the 12 th century. Many changes took place over the years. A landmark of the "Oberschloss" is a medieval sculpture, called the "Leckarsch".

The Bertholdsburg in Schleusingen

Contact Information:

Naturhistorisches Museum Schloß Bertholdsburg, Burgstr. 6, 98553 Schleusingen, Germany
Tel. ++49 36841 5310, Fax ++49 36841 531225
Internet: http://www.itcwebdesigns.com/tour_germany/bertholdsburg01.htm

Description:

The castle "Bertholdsburg" which dominates Schleusingen is one of the major attractions of the Hildburghausen Region. It was erected in medieval times between 1223 and 1232. Today, the castle represents the condition of around 1550. The castle is not only an attraction by itself. It is also a museum and it hosts several exhibitions. The most attractive one is certainly the part which is called "the Museum of Natural History" which has been established in 1984. It includes many collections and displays.

Veste Heldburg

Contact Information:

Veste Heldburg, 98663 Heldburg, Germany
Tel. ++49 36871 303 30 , Fax ++49 36871 304 87
Internet: http://www.itcwebdesigns.com/tour_germany/veste_heldburg01.htm

Description:

The castle dates back to the 12 th century. At the beginning of the 14 th century it was used by the nobles of "Henneberg". During the "Thirty Years War" it was plundered and badly damaged. Nobody cared about the castle until Duke Georg II. from Sachsen-Meiningen started renovating it in the 19 th century. He got inspired by castle "Neuschwanstein".

The Heidecksburg

Contact Information:

Thuringian State Museum Heidecksburg, Schloßbezirk 1, 07407 Saalfeld, Germany
Tel. ++49 3672 4290 0, Fax ++49 3672 429090
Internet: http://www.heidecksburg.de/cms/pages/en/about-us/museums-history.php?lang=EN

Description:

The Heidecksburg castle in Rudolstadt is one of the most magnificent castles from the Baroque period in Thuringia. Situated on a mountain, this crown of the former royal seat can be seen from the whole region. Reserve enough time for a visit of the castle and the museum.

Kloster Veßra in the Hildburghausen Region


Internet: http://www.itcwebdesigns.com/tour_germany/kloster_veszra01.htm

Description:

"Kloster" means abbey. In this case the small village in which this abbey was built many years ago carries the name "Kloster Veßra". The abbey is not any longer existing, but you still can see the impressing ruins. Today the large area is a showcase of various buildings which serve as a museum which tells many interesting details about the history and the life in the past. Buildings have been moved from other areas to this place to demonstrate the living and working conditions. Special attention has been given to farming and agriculture and the equipment which was used in the different periods.

The "Kyffhäuser Monument" in Bad Frankenhausen

Contact Information:

The Kyffhaeuser Monument, 06567 Bad Frankenhausen, Germany
Tel. ++49 34651/2780, Fax ++49 34651/2308
Internet: http://www.itcwebdesigns.com/tour_germany/kyffhaeuser_monument01.htm

Description:

After the death of Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1888 a request was issued by Dr. Alfred Westphal to create a monument dedicated to Kaiser Wilhelm I, and all the soldiers of this bloody war. The "Kyffhäuser" was without any doubt the perfect location for the proposed monument. First of all at this location mighty castle rules this area in the 12 th century. You still can find some ruins of it. Furthermore a well known legend about Frederick I, known better as Friedrich Barbarossa or Kaiser Rotbart ("Frederick Redbeard") supported this idea. He was elected as king of Germany on March 4, 1152. In 1155 pope Hadrian IV. gave him the title Kaiser. Because of his reddish beard, the Italians called him for that reason "Barbarossa". Learn about the legend. Check our web site to be prepared.