Luther Sights in the heart of Germany
Experience authentic places of the Reformation.
Thanks to a rich and eventful history, our region is a treasure chest of cultural heritage just waiting to be discovered. The two federal states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia offer a multitude of authentic sites closely linked to the life and work of the great Martin Luther. Whether at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, the castle church in Wittenberg, the house where Luther was born in Eisleben or the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt - our guests discover culture, stop and sing - because everyone will find their personal favourite place here
The world-famous Wartburg Castle, which is more than 900 years old, sits enthroned above the town of Eisenach. According to legend, Louis the Springer is supposed to have announced the building of the castle with the words: “Wart! Berg, du sollst mir eine Burg werden!” (Wait! Mountain, thou shalt bear me a castle!”) It is not just a castle, but a witness to German history. Martin Luther completed one of his most impressive spiritual achievements whilst in protective custody in the Wartburg: he translated the New Testament into German.
A flight of 70 steps takes you from Domplatz (Cathedral Square) to the Domberg (Cathedral Hill) with its two former collegiate churches. These two churches, St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Severus’ Church, are examples of the International Gothic style of church architecture and are closely linked to the city of Erfurt and its history.
The Market Church Of Our Lady "Unser lieben Frauen" in Halle is richly endowed with evidence and treasures originating from the Reformation. It is possible to view Martin Luther’s original death mask and a Renaissance pulpit from which it is claimed Luther preached.
The library was founded in 1691 by Duke William Ernest and has been one of the best-known libraries in Germany since the 18th century. The Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek is a research centre for the history of European culture and literature. It stores literary documents from the 9th to the 21st century as sources of cultural history and research, indexes them by formal and content-related aspects and makes them available for use.
When you visit the Augustinian church, you will be greeted by a monastery complex with ancient lime trees and a small Baroque fountain. The attractive Gothic building is one of the oldest Augustinian monasteries in Thuringia and can look back at a history spanning 750 years. Therefore, the Augustinian monastery in Gotha is even older than its famous daughter monastery in Erfurt.
The Lutherhaus is probably one of the most attractive and oldest half-timbered buildings and is located in direct proximity to the market square and St. George’s Church in Eisenach. Martin Luther lived with the Cotta family in this historic half-timbered house during his three years at the local grammar school.