The most western district in Thuringia is the Wartburgkreis, within the Thuringian Forest. Completely surrounding the urban district of Eisenach and bordering on Hesse, this region sits on the Rhön mountains and includes parts of the Hainich National Park to the north.
Cities, Towns & Villages in the Wartburgkreis
- Bad Liebenstein
- Bad Salzungen
- Berka v. d. Hainich
- Berka (Werra)
- Diedorf (Rhön)
- Ettenhausen (Suhl)
- Schleid (Vacha)
- Zella (Rhön)
The Wartburg Castle that gives the district its name is the famous castle built on a 400 meter precipice overlooking the city of Eisenach, and was used by Martin Luther in the 16th century as a hiding place! It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are two spa towns in the Wartburgkreis: one being the capital town of Bad Salzungen on the Werra, and the other is one of the oldest spa towns in the state: Bad Liebenstein. Here, many famous and royal guests stayed in the ducal residences to enjoy the scenery and healing waters.
The expressive town of Treffurt in the Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park is reputed to be one of the prettiest towns in the whole of Germany. You will see why when you arrive here for the first time. Surrounded by a medieval landscape, you will find great villas lining the streets and formal gardens everywhere.