The Wartburg Castle Foundation
The Wartburg Castle Foundation is a foundation under public law based in Eisenach. Established in 1922, the foundation exists to preserve Wartburg Castle, together with its art treasures, in keeping with its status as a cultural site of international standing and a monument of German history, and to make the castle universally accessible.
The foundation's goal is achieved through:
- measures aimed at protecting and preserving this monument and its art treasures
- reappraising and researching Wartburg Castle's rich history, its architectural heritage and its art collections, and safeguarding the universal accessibility of this cultural treasure
- publicity work
The entire inventory, divided into items owned by the Grand Ducal family (acquired in 1921 or earlier) or the Wartburg Castle Foundation (acquired after this was founded in 1922) became the permanent property of the Wartburg Castle Foundation with the signing of an amicable agreement on 26 August 2003 between the Free State of Thuringia and the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and with the payment of compensation to the descendants of the family.
Since 1990 the House of Saxe-Weimar has again borne a shared responsibility for Wartburg Castle through its right to vote and active participation in the advisory council and in the company Wirtschaftsbetrieben Wartburg GmbH.
Prince Michael of Saxe-Weimar and Eisenach became a lifelong member of the advisory council of the Wartburg Castle Foundation. Princess Leonie of Saxe-Weimar and Eisenach will succeed him in exercising the rights of the former owners on the advisory council.