The Lutherhaus is the starting point of the Martin Luther hiking trail (10miles/17km). It follows the route to Tambach-Dietharz which was taken by Luther in 1537.
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Martin Luther preached here and led a special meeting of the Schmalkaldic League, the results of which are still relevant to church practices today. Schmalkalden also marks the start of the Martin Luther hiking trail.
Visitors can take part in church services in St. George’s Church where Luther preached. Nearby, an ornate memorial of a swan, a popular symbol of Martin Luther, adorns the brightly-painted Luther House; the reformer stayed here in February 1537 in rooms above what is now a bookstore.
The Schmalkaldic League, an association of 16 Protestant princes sworn to defend one another against Catholic opposition, assembled in the Schmalkalden City Hall in 1537. The assembly, or diet, was led by Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon and was a roll call of Europe's rich and famous, totaling 42 Evangelist theologians. Luther's articles of faith, presented here, were incorporated into the Evangelical church’s Book of Concord. Priests are still ordained using the Schmalkalden Articles of Faith to this very day.
Picturesque is the only way to describe the historic heart of this town, with its colorful half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th-18th centuries.
Overlooking the ancient roofs, Wilhelmsburg Castle is one of Germany's best preserved fortresses. Travel back in time to the Renaissance and the Reformation in the castle museum's permanent exhibition, "Launch into a New Era." The castle chapel’s wooden-piped organ dates back to 1589 and is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe still in use.