Lutherwege-Schild (c) Joachim Negwer, CMR

On the move along the Luther Trail

Travelling at the Reformer's pace

How did Martin Luther actually travel in his day? That's right, by horse or ox cart, but often also on foot. Why not follow in the footsteps of the reformer in his homeland at his own pace? There is plenty of fresh air around your nose, views of green meadows, dark forests and small villages. One or two historic buildings await you along the way, including UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The Luther Trail network in Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt is large. More than 1,500 kilometres full of possibilities. There are circular tours that can be completed in one day and multi-day tours with overnight stays and themed stages. 

If hiking is too slow for you, you can hop on a bike. Even if this is perhaps no longer quite so authentic in terms of "travelling in the Renaissance". The bicycle had not yet been invented. But if it had been, Luther would certainly have enjoyed it.

You can also walk along "Luther miles" in the cities. For example, in Erfurt, where Luther spent an exciting time as a student before he became a monk and priest.


Discover the Luther Trail in Thuringia

In Thuringia, you can choose from around 1000 eventful kilometres on the Luther Trail. The circular walk around Wartburg Castle, for example. It leads through the legendary Dragon Gorge. If you walk from Schmalkalden to Tambach-Dietharz, you will pass the Luther Fountain. Its clear water is said to have once freed the reformer from his stone affliction, and it still gushes! Castles and fortresses lie along the way. Towns where the Reformer was a guest and, time and again, views from mountain peaks. And you wonder about all the places the reformer travelled to.