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"The fewer the words, the better the prayer."

Martin Luther

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

The Great Reformer was a ferociously intellectual man who also had a deep appreciation for good food and drink, particularly beer. Stubborn as a mule and yet famously good-humored, Martin Luther (born "Luder") left behind a wealth of witty, memorable quotes that are as relevant today as they were the first day he spoke them.

Luther Monument in Lutherstadt Wittenberg © Jens Wolf, IMG Sachsen-AnhaltLuther Rose in the Augustian Monastery © Thoma Babovic, Thuringia Tourist Board

First monk, then husband and father and ground-breaking Reformer, Luther suffered from painful illnesses such as kidney stones all throughout his life. Despite his many responsibilities and struggles, he continued to write and preach hundreds of sermons until just before his death in 1546.

Also a great proponent and writer of music, many of Luther’s self-composed hymns still fill church halls around the world with a joyful noise. Who among us hasn’t sung or heard “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”? Now translated into dozens of languages, this melody still stirs emotion and inspires faith as strongly as it did 480 years ago.

In 1508, a 24-year-old Martin Luther moved from Erfurt to Lutherstadt Wittenberg, having graduated from student to professor and wishing to begin his work as a priest. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther changed the course of history with one simple act: Nailing his 95 Theses to the door of Lutherstadt Wittenberg's Castle Church

These 95 Theses encouraged people to question the teachings and dogma of the Roman Catholic Church, which in turn led to the movement now known as the Protestant Reformation. In 2017, LutherCountry and Protestant communities around the world will celebrate Luther’s famous act of defiance with a number of festivities in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Even after 2017, LutherCountry remains home to invaluable cultural and natural heritage sites that welcome you to explore the legacy of Martin Luther and his Reformation first-hand!

Would you like to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther? Then click here for our recommended tour or visit Martin Luther's timeline for further information about his life.