The Wartburg Hainich World Heritage Region is located in the very centre of Germany. Nestled between the Unstrut and Werra valleys is one of the most beautiful regions in Thuringia.
If you are travelling in the Wartburg Hainich World Heritage Region, you can visit famous towns such as Eisenach and Mühlhausen. Famous personalities of German history, such as Martin Luther or Johann Sebastian Bach, have already visited here.
Fancy a lot of nature? The Hainich National Park with its precious Buchwald forest always attracts new visitors.
There are so many different excursion destinations in the region, the famous world heritage site Wartburg Castle, a treetop trail in the national park or a wild cat village, a region for every taste.
Places of interest in the Wartburg Hainich World Heritage Region
To be honest, that is a question I never had until I visited the World Heritage region Wartburg-Hainich. I had heard of places like the Greenwich meridian or of traditions that come with crossing the equator or the arctic circle. Do they do something like that in the middle of Germany, too?
Travel information for the region
The A4, A7, A38 or A71 motorways lead into the region. Several federal and country roads connect the towns within the region.
The Wartburg Hainich World Heritage Region is easily accessible by train. There are regular services to Eisenach, Bad Langensalza and Mühlhausen. Eisenach is an ICE and IC station, which is served at fairly frequent intervals.
Eisenach is an access point for long-distance buses from all over Germany.
On the way in …
The region has a dense network of routes operated by regional transport companies. In addition, there are special buses that also transport bicycles and travel to places of tourist interest (e.g. Hainichbus, Kulturerlebnisbus, NationalparkBus).
Detailed information on the buses can be found here.
Numerous signposted cycle paths lead through the World Heritage Region (e.g. Werratal Cycle Path, Unstrut Cycle Path, Unstrut-Werra Cycle Path, Herkules-Wartburg Cycle Path).
The Hainich National Park may only be entered on designated paths, which may also be used by bicycle.
There are numerous designated hiking trails in the region, such as Werra-Burgen-Steig, Lutherweg, Rennstieg.
It can be very dangerous to leave the hiking trails in some areas. This was once a military exclusion zone, which has not yet been completely cleared of explosive ordnance!