The Sängerkrieg (minstrel contest), aka Wartbu…

The Sängerkrieg (minstrel contest), aka Wartburgkrieg (Wartburg contest), was a supposed contest among Minnesänger (minstrels) at the Wartburg, a castle in Thüringen, Eastern Germany, in 1207. Whether the contest was purely legend or had some basis in an actual event has been debated since the Middle Ages. Local historians, such as Dietrich von Apolda in the 1200s and Johannes Rothe (1360-1434) suggested that the poems referred to an actual event. In the 19th century, Johann Rinne argued that the events never occurred. Continue reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A4ngerkrieg

Die Wartburg in Eisenach, Thüringen, Eastern G…

Die Wartburg in Eisenach, Thüringen, Eastern Germany, is a castle originally built in the Middle Ages. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, overlooking the town. It was the home of St. Elisabeth of Hungary, the place where Martin Luther translated the New Testament of the Bible into German, the site of the Wartburg festival of 1817, and the supposed setting for the possibly legendary Sängerkrieg. It was an important inspiration for Ludwig II of Bavaria when he decided to build his Neuschwanstein Castle. The Wartburg is the most-visited tourist attraction in Thuringia after Weimar. Although the castle today still contains substantial original structures from the 12th through 15th centuries, much of the interior dates back only to the 19th century. Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wartburg