Luther Cities in the heart of Germany
Where Reformation history took its course.
Although Martin Luther lived five centuries ago, his presence can still be felt today. We invite you to experience the fascinating history of the Reformation up close! From religion, music and art to cuisine and lifestyle - Luther's traces can be found everywhere! Set out on a journey through "LutherLand" and get to know the enchanting landscapes, the authentic sights and the wonderful people who tell and preserve the cultural heritage surrounding Martin Luther's life.
Schmalkalden on the southern edge of the Thuringian Forest is known for its wealth of historic half-timbered buildings. Things such as the "Schmalkaldic League" or Luther's "Schmalkaldic Articles" link the small town on the southern edge of the Thuringian Forest with the history of the Reformation.
Erfurt's old town seems to have stepped out of a picture book. Ancient patrician houses, narrow alleyways, peacefully rippling river arms and church spires that reach for the sky. Martin Luther spent formative years in the city, both as a student and as a monk. He later called Erfurt University "my mother, to whom I owe everything".
Martin Luther visited Gotha as a monk and later preached here as a reformer. The research library at Friedenstein Castle preserves valuable written testimonies of the Reformation for posterity, including autographs by Martin Luther and his colleagues. And in 1537, Luther wrote a will in Gotha, which today provides an insight into his thoughts.
Luther lived and worked in Wittenberg. No other town is as closely linked to the Reformation as the Lutheran town on the river Elbe. It was here that the Reformation began . The historical Reformation ensemble has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.