Eisenach (dpa/th) - The historic Christmas market on the Wartburg is traditionally open again this year on the Advent weekends. After two years of the compulsory Corona break, it opens its doors on this and the coming Advent weekends on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Christmas market with candle makers, glassblowers, soap makers and other craftsmen and women has been attracting thousands of guests from Thuringia and all over Germany for years. Musicians also create a Christmas atmosphere.
It is the first Christmas market after a two-year break due to corona. In 2020 and 2021 the historic market was canceled during the Advent season. The spokesman for the Wartburg Foundation, Andreas Volkert, said it is unclear how many visitors will be making their way to the Wartburg, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, this year. "We hope that people will come back to the Wartburg after the break," said Volkert. In 2019 it attracted around 30,000 guests. However, significantly fewer bus trips would have registered their visit this year. "If 4000 to 5000 find us on the first weekend, then we'll be quite satisfied," said Volkert.
The Wartburg is best known because the reformer Martin Luther translated the New Testament of the Bible into German there 500 years ago.