The birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach and once home to Martin Luther, Eisenach, Germany, requires a full day to see its sights.

The main attraction is Wartburg Castle, where medieval minstrels congregated, Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German, and composer Richard Wagner was inspired to write the opera Tannhauser.

Also visit Bach's home, the Bach Monument, Luther's house and the Reuter House (interesting Wagner collection). Visitors can also take in concerts performed on musical instruments from Bach's era.

The annual Luther Festival, held in August, transports Eisenach back to the late Middle Ages, complete with jugglers, horse-drawn vehicles and performances at the open-air theater.

Eisenach is a great starting point for excursions into the beautiful Thuringian Forest.

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