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Waldkliniken Eisenberg

Surrounded by nature

This is how beautiful a hospital can be!

Surrounded by oak trees and in the middle of well-tended park grounds. Our patients’ garden was awarded the Thuringian Landscape Architecture Award back in the year 2000. This garden is still in use today and, with its varying ground conditions, invites you to “exercise”.

At present, however, our outdoor grounds and the surrounding woods are suffering from the effects of a bark beetle infestation and the ongoing reconstruction measures. But you will not hear any noise at all from the ward block building site.

♦ 5,000 m2 of green space
♦ 4.6 km of walking paths

► "All paths on the romantic woodland meadow lead to the garden square in the angle formed by the two imposing treatment blocks. Like a chessboard, the new patients’ garden is made up of nine quadrants that lead patients and visitors through different plant-based themes and areas of retreat."
(Extracts from the landscape architects WGF Nürnberg)

Waldkliniken Eisenberg

The power of peacefulness

The oak leaf is the symbol of the Waldkliniken Eisenberg. For good reason. The oak is a symbol of stability, strength and reliability.

These are characteristics that we see in ourselves. There’s no hustle and bustle here. We take time for you and support you with the best medical quality, so that you can get better in peaceful surroundings.

The history of the Waldkliniken Eisenberg

The history of the Waldkliniken Eisenberg

The Waldkliniken Eisenberg have always been a place renowned for high-class orthopaedics. Since its foundation in the 1940s, when wooden barracks for the medical treatment of wounded soldiers from the Second World War were erected on the site of today’s Waldkliniken between 1943 and 1945, the quality of the orthopaedic treatment provided here has been recognised far beyond the state borders of Thuringia.

In addition to this, the cradle of endoprosthetics lies just a few kilometres away in Hermsdorf, which has led to excellent ties with the Waldkliniken Eisenberg.

The development of Eisenberg in its early years is associated above all with one name: Rudolf Elle.

After the end of the war, the military hospital assumed the function of a general hospital, providing primary care for the district of Eisenberg. Rudolf Elle, doctor and later namesake of the hospital, was the driving force behind the orthopaedic orientation of the institution in his seven years of dedication up to his death in 1952. The continued commitment of his medical successors in this spirit was a decisive factor in the Waldkliniken being granted the status of the Teaching Hospital for Orthopaedics of the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena in 1978 and for them being affectionately called the “Bone mill”.

The reputation of our hospital was so good that, in the years of German partition, many high-ranking functionaries of the Soviet Union came to Eisenberg for treatment.

In 1987, the foundation was laid for the construction of the six-storey ward block, which was inaugurated in 1990. The fan-like wooden barracks continued to be used to house a laboratory, pharmacy, and physiotherapy, among other things. Further conversion and construction work was conducted in two stages (1998-2000 and 2005-2006), providing new functional buildings that finally replaced the wooden barracks.

Since our existing ward block was in need of renovation, we started planning for a new ward block in 2012. The construction of a completely new building turned out to be a more cost-effective alternative to partial renovation. So a new ward block has been under construction since August 2016. The innovative building with its innovative hospital architecture was designed by the Italian architect Matteo Thun. From mid-2020, the first patients will be able to experience a completely new healing environment.

At the beginning of 2018, we renamed ourselves “Waldkliniken Eisenberg” – including a new logo, likewise designed by Matteo Thun.

Eisenberg will remain true to the innovative path that Rudolf Elle began, and in the future will continue its pioneering work in the field of medicine and healthcare, as well as in the accommodation and care of guests and patients.

Waldkliniken Eisenberg

At the heart of Europe

All roads lead to Eisenberg! We have excellent transport connections and can be reached quickly and easily from all directions. Either from the autobahn A9 (Berlin/Munich) or from the A4 (Frankfurt/Dresden), the Eisenberg exit is shortly after the Hermsdorf intersection.

The culturally important towns of Weimar, Jena and Leipzig are in direct proximity. Apart from this, there are many other attractions and relaxation possibilities in the immediate vicinity.

Excursion destinations

Excursion destinations

Schlosspark and Schlosskirche

The Schlosspark Eisenberg is situated on the edge of the historical old town. The park is inseparably linked to the castle complex of the Christiansburg. The castle is impressive with its baroque appearance.

The castle is currently occupied by the offices of the district administration.

Eisenberg’s Schlosspark is a historical garden complex under heritage protection and is registered in the list of monuments of the Free State of Thuringia.

The beautifully furnished Schlosskirche church is located in the park grounds.

Further information about the Schlosspark


Town museum

The town museum "Klötznersches Haus" offers permanent exhibitions concerning the history of Eisenberg and alternating special exhibitions.



Around 720 animals from 44 different species currently live in the Eisenberg zoo. The “Tiergarten” houses African and Australian animals and animals that are native to our own forests. Under the motto “Face-to-face with the animals”, the zoo attracts visitors of all ages. Stroking and feeding of the animals with the zoo’s own feed is expressly permitted here.

A real highlight is the walk-through farm of the dwarfs with the world’s smallest domestic animals. You can experience their diversity up close in an area covering 1000 square metres. Here, the farm is populated by friendly minipigs, dwarf cattle, miniature sheep, but also small poultry breeds.

Further information about the zoo


Just 35 kilometres away lies the university town of Jena. Among other things, you can visit the planetarium, the botanical gardens, Schiller’s garden house and the optical museum here.

Here is Jena’s official website



The cultural town of Weimar is an obvious attraction for visitors, with its grand history going back to the time of Weimar Classicism. The Goethe-Schiller memorial in front of the German National Theatre is one of the most popular sights in Thuringia.

The Goethe National Museum is to be found in Goethe’s former residence today. The Schiller Museum is situated next door to Schiller’s house.

However, Weimar has lots more to offer beside the two great German writers. The origins of Bauhaus architecture are also to be found here. Works of the architect Walter Gropius can be viewed in the Bauhaus Museum.

Here is Weimar’s official website


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Going for walks in the Mühltal

Eisenberg’s Mühltal undoubtedly belongs to the most delightful valleys in Thuringia. It is around eight kilometres long and runs through beautiful countryside between Weißenborn and Kursdorf, directly below the Waldkliniken.

Here, you can find peace and quiet in picturesque surroundings, leaving the stress of everyday life behind.

Further information about the Mühltal