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eisenach. situated in the west of thüringen, near the border to hessen (which, during the cold war, used to be the border between west germany and the soviet ddr/"gdr"). it's known for its castle on the hill – wartburg castle, in which martin luther translated the new testament from greek into german in 1521. later, in 1685, the famous composer johann sebastian bach was born here. eisenach is surrounded by hills and the northern edge of the thuringian forest. the hillsides are lined with many beautiful old houses with little towers and oriel windows. the town seems to have a well-organized neonazi scene. when you walk through eisenach, you spot graffitis like "nazi kiez" on house walls, stickers saying "refugees not welcome" on lamp posts and a big poster in the colors of the german flag, on which a muslim woman is dressed in a black burqa, only her eyes and her hands (making angela merkel's famous hand gesture) visible – next to her the words: "miss germany 2020."
eisenach – whenever i pass the pretty town on the high-speed train from mainz to erfurt, it's like it whispers "welcome to thüringen" and the words seem bittersweet.
#bitsofbuildings #dasistthüringen at Eisenach, Germany