Wartburg Foundation

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Wartburg Foundation
Legal form: Foundation under public law
Purpose: Preservation of the Wartburg and its art treasures
Chair: Günter Schuchardt (Castle Captain)
Consist: since April 20, 1922
Seat: Eisenach
Website: [1]

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The Wartburg Foundation is a foundation under public law based in Eisenach . The foundation was established in 1922 as a result of the dispute over the expropriation of the princes . The Wartburg previously belonged to the Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach family . The "dispute agreement" between the "Weimar area" and the former sovereign Wilhelm Ernst stipulated: "The Grand Duke leaves ... the ownership of the Wartburg with a kronfiscal environment to a foundation to be established". According to the contract, the “Weimar area” and the grand ducal house each received half of the votes in the foundation committee, but the grand ducal house received a veto right “in important administrative matters”. The foundation continued to exist under Nazi rule, during the Soviet occupation and in the GDR.

The purpose of the foundation is to preserve the Wartburg and its art treasures as a significant cultural site , national monument and museum and to make them accessible to the public. It promotes cultural and architectural research and publications on the Wartburg.

In addition to the Free State of Thuringia and the federal government , the city of Eisenach and the Wartburg district are also represented on the Board of Trustees . Furthermore, the regional bishop of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany and the respective head of the former ruling grand ducal family of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach belong to it . The board of trustees appoints the castle captain of the Wartburg as managing director.

Since 1992, the foundation has awarded the Wartburg Prize annually to people who have made outstanding contributions to European unification . The first prize winner was Hans-Dietrich Genscher .

To this day, the foundation maintains the historic Wartburg water supply to supply the Wartburg with water .

Web links


  • Rosemarie Domagala, Hilmar Schwarz: On the history of the Wartburg Foundation since 1945, in particular on the construction and restoration work within the castle. In: Wartburg Yearbook 1992. Wartburg Foundation, Eisenach 1993, pp. 11–26.

Individual evidence

  1. The "Weimar area" was the successor to the Free State of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach in the transition period until the state of Thuringia was completely constituted . It was dissolved in 1923. Law on the Administration of the Former Thuringian Länder in the Transitional Period of December 9, 1920, Section 2.
  2. Tiefensee: 1.9 million euros for the Wartburg in Eisenach. In: eisenachonline.de online magazine. Retrieved September 2, 2017 .