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All LutherCountry Events

Weimar Summer

Jun 01 2016 - Sep 30 2019

Weimar

Goethe and Schiller, Bach and Liszt, Bauhaus and Buchenwald – that is Weimar, a small residence town in the middle of Europe where ideas and artworks took their path into the world. The fascination of this pretty city captured many great spirits who dreamed of an arcadia for humanity but were unable to prevent totalitarian horror. That is Weimar, and during the summer it has yet another dimension: an open city landscape surrounded by greenery, parks and a river that is ever moving, pulsing and full of life just like the city itself. In the little alleys in front of the palace and mansions, there is abundance of art and music everywhere, including history, stages and film. The whole summer promises an up close look at contemporary life that is authentic, intelligent and uncomplicated.

For further information, please click here.

Luther 1517: 360° Panorama by Yadegar Asisi

Oct 22 2016 - Oct 31 2021

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The 360° panorama is dedicated to the events that took place 500 years ago, in the very city where Martin Luther started the Reformation. The scenes of the panorama bring Lutherstadt Wittenberg to life. Visitors can look for some of the most famous inhabitants during the Reformation, the Great Reformer himself and other important Reformation Heroes in the scenes of this important LutherCity.

For further information, please click here.

PERMANENT EXHIBITION “THE SCHMALKALDIC LEAGUE – THE POLITICAL WING OF THE REFORMATION”

Jan 01 2017 - Oct 01 2021

Wilhelmsburg Castle in Schmalkalden

The new Schmalkaldic League, an alliance of 16 Protestant princes who pledged to defend each other against Catholic opposition, assembled in the Schmalkalden Town 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, with 42 Evangelist theologians present. The Articles of Faith presented by Luther during the meeting were incorporated into the Evangelical Church’s Book of Concord. Today, priests are still ordained with the Schmalkalden Articles of Faith.

For further information, please click here.

Wittenberg Renaissance Music Festival

Oct 26 2018 - Oct 31 2020

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The Wittenberg Renaissance Music Festival takes place every year in the week before Reformation Day. It celebrates Lutherstadt Wittenberg as the cradle of the Reformation and of the evangelical church music. It also portrays the artistic, culinary and musical aspects of the Renaissance. In the context of the diversified program, renowned local and international artists will be awaited for the festival in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Concerts, dancing courses, various workshops, a colorful festival and the infamous Renaissance ball will contribute to a unique experience.

For further information, please click here.

Luther Trail Days

May 01 2019 - Aug 31 2019

Mansfeld-Suedharz and Saalekreis

Mansfeld celebrates the Luther trail.

For further information, please click here.

MDR Music Summer

Jun 01 2019 - Sep 07 2019

Throughout LutherCountry

Many sites in LutherCountry turn into the perfect location for breathtaking concerts during the MDR Music Summer. Enjoy various concerts in the historical atmosphere of Wartburg Castle in LutherCity Eisenach (June 22, July 13, 19, August 2, 16, 30), where Luther translated the Bible into German.

More concerts are taking place in various LutherCities such as Dessau (June 9), Schmalkalden (June 23), Magdeburg (June 29, July 5), Muehlhausen (July 21), Erfurt (July 25), Weimar (July 26, August 18) and Halle (August 31).

For further information, please click here.

Luther and the bible - exhibition

Jun 11 2019 - Oct 31 2021

Eisenach

A museum since the mid-1950s, Luther House in Eisenach invites visitors to explore the permanent exhibition "Luther and the Bible", which features historic treasures, surprising perspectives and innovative takes on the exciting Reformation history.

For further information, please click here.

Cathedral Steps Festival Erfurt

Aug 09 2019 - Sep 01 2019

Erfurt

This unique festival, an open-air spectacle on the cathedral steps, has been in existence since 1994. Each year the Theater Erfurt brings a new performance to the Cathedral Square, set before the impressive 700-year-old backdrop of the St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severi Church, a medieval church ensemble. The summer event highlight has already inspired several hundred thousand visitors to make a pilgrimage to what is certainly Thuringia's most beautiful open-air stage. For quite some time viewers have traveled not only from Germany, but also from many other European countries, as well as from the USA, China and Australia.

For further information, please click here.

Wittenberger ErlebnisNacht - City Illumination Night

Aug 17 2019

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

From 7 pm many of the city’s famous but also less known places and buildings will be illuminated colorfully. The evening will be celebrated with live music at open air stages, at courtyards and inside museums and other unusual locations. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the box-office at the evening. 

Click on the link for further information (German only).

For further information, please click here.

Lantern Festival

Aug 23 2019 - Aug 25 2019

Halle (Saale)

The best way to enjoy LutherCountry on a warm summer night is to visit one of its many festivals! Lights, reflections on the water, and the illuminated castle and landscape – you will find all this and much more at the Lantern Festival in Halle (Saale).

For further information, please click here.

Wine Festival in Weimar

Aug 29 2019 - Sep 01 2019

Market Square Weimar

The traditional wine festival is held in honor of Goethe's birthday. A wine village at the Market Square invites visitors to taste wines and many more culinary specialties. With a little bit of luck you might also have the opportunity to meet the wine queens of the different regions.

For further information, please click here.

Bauhaus Dessau-Roßlau

Sep 11 2019 - Sep 15 2019

Bauhaus Festival Dessau

Dessau is the German city of Bauhaus architecture. Nowhere else can you see so many Bauhaus-style buildings in such close proximity. Various theater productions and performances are dedicated to all kinds of color and shape during the Bauhaus Festival.

For further information, please click here.

Weimar's Onion Market

Oct 11 2019 - Oct 13 2019

Weimar

Onion cake, onion soup, onion bread, onion salad and the list goes on. The onion is everywhere you look this weekend in Weimar. Every year it attracts more than 300,000 visitors who travel to Weimar to find out just why local residents celebrate this special vegetable. With a little bit of luck you might even meet the onion Queen.

For further information, please click here.

Reformation Festival

Oct 31 2019

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Lutherstadt Wittenberg stages a major Reformation Day festival, starting with a 10 a.m. service in the city's two main churches, the Castle Church, where Luther nailed up the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, and the St. Mary's Town Church, where Luther preached and was married. Confirmation candidates from around the world are invited to confirm their faith at moving services in these historical churches, known for the quality of their music and singing.

Afterwards, the cobblestone streets of the city come alive with a parade and street theater, with concerts and exhibitions in the ancient buildings.

For further information, please click here.

Luther's Birthday

Nov 08 2019 - Nov 10 2019

Lutherstadt Eisleben

Lutherstadt Eisleben will be crowded with medieval dressed people such as craftsmen and jugglers. Come and celebrate Luther's Birthday with us. A medieval spectacle with traditional medieval food and a parade will be held on this day. In the evening a big fire show will entertain the visitors. In many bars in the city center of Eisleben you can taste different types of beer, which was one of Luther's favorite drinks.

For further information, please click here.

St. Martin's Festival

Nov 10 2019

All over Germany

If there is one day a year that is enjoyed by families right across LutherCountry, it has to be November 11th. This is Saint Martin's Day, when families in the federal state of Thuringia in Germany celebrate two "Martins": Saint Martin of Tours and Martin Luther.

Both played very important roles in the history of LutherCity Erfurt, with Saint Martin of Tours being the city's patron saint and Martin Luther having been baptized there. In commemoration, local citizens will therefore celebrate St. Martin's Day on November 10th with a big festival featuring old traditions, music and delicious pastries.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas Market in Magdeburg

Nov 25 2019 - Dec 30 2019

Magdeburg

The Christmas market in Magdeburg offers its visitors an especially exciting blend of romantic scenery, fabulous winter fun, medieval ambience, and festive evening celebrations. This popular historic Christmas market is a fairytale world come to life, complete with an ice rink and copious amounts of Magdeburg’s delicious mulled wine!

For further information, please click here.

Christmas Market in Erfurt

Nov 26 2019 - Dec 22 2019

Erfurt

Although Erfurt's Christmas Market spreads throughout the old town, the focus is on the vast Cathedral Square. The 200 market booths sell everything from Thuringian bratwurst (Germany's favorite grilled sausage) and Christmas cookies to handmade toys or traditional, handmade Christmas decorations.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas and Winter Market in Weimar

Nov 26 2019 - Jan 05 2020

Weimar

Local artists display their work every first Advent and offer unique Christmas gifts. One highlight of this Christmas market is the Christmas tree. It was in Weimar in 1815, that the first Christmas tree was publicly displayed in Germany. This custom became widely popular and many towns adopted it. Of course, this tradition can still be seen in Weimar, and every year, a Christmas tree is set up to cheer the visitors. After Christmas Eve the magic isn’t over. Till January the Christmas Market turns into a Winter Market.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas and Winter Market in Halle (Saale)

Nov 26 2019 - Dec 23 2019

Halle (Saale)

The Christmas market in Halle (Saale) is one you shouldn’t miss! Gaze upon the town’s famous “Advent Candle”, i.e. the illuminated Red Tower of the Market Church. Here, visitors can savor delicious regional dishes from all around Europe. After first indulging in a bit of mulled wine, eggnog or hot chocolate, guests can purchase one of the reindeer collection mugs as a special keepsake.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas Market in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Nov 26 2019 - Dec 30 2019

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

In the market square, a statue of Luther looks out across the Christmas market, with its stalls decorated with pine boughs, lights and Christmas ornaments. In the air is the scent of mulled wine and roasted almonds. Across the square is St. Mary’s Church, where Luther preached.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas Markets in LutherCountry

Nov 29 2019 - Dec 23 2019

Throughout LutherCountry

Every year from late November to December, LutherCountry transforms into a Winter Wonderland with various Christmas markets. Traditional food and drinks, local crafts, music and entertainment make it possible to celebrate Christmas the way Martin Luther did 500 years ago!

For further information, please click here.

Advent in the Courtyards

Nov 30 2019 - Dec 01 2019

Quedlinburg

On three Advent weekends, over twenty of the most beautiful inner courtyards display what is otherwise hidden behind their closed doors. In these intimate, historical settings, rarities and small treasures can be found and enjoyed by all.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas Market at Wartburg Castle

Nov 30 2019 - Dec 01 2019

Wartburg Castle Eisenach

Wartburg Castle is where Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformer, changed history, when he translated the New Testament into German. And this UNESCO World Heritage Site just outside Eisenach is still a massively impressive fortress. At the weekends in Advent, however, a Historic Christmas Market transforms the castle, with artists and street performers, craftsmen and knights. Meet candle makers and barrel makers, rope makers and lantern makers, minstrels and puppeteers.

For further information, please click here.

Lauscha Christmas Baubles Market

Nov 30 2019 - Dec 01 2019

Lauscha

On two Advent weekends, visitors to the Original Lauscha Christmas Baubles Market can stroll past stands adorned with delicate decorations and watch artisans as they create brilliant works of art at Lauscha's Museum of Glass Art. Lauscha is the village where the first glass Christmas tree ornament was produced about 160 years ago.

For further information, please click here.

Advent in the Courtyards

Dec 07 2019 - Dec 08 2019

Quedlinburg

On three Advent weekends, over twenty of the most beautiful inner courtyards display what is otherwise hidden behind their closed doors. In these intimate, historical settings, rarities and small treasures can be found and enjoyed by all.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas Market at Wartburg Castle

Dec 07 2019 - Dec 08 2019

Wartburg Castle Eisenach

Wartburg Castle is where Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformer, changed history, when he translated the New Testament into German. And this UNESCO World Heritage Site just outside Eisenach is still a massively impressive fortress. At the weekends in Advent, however, a Historic Christmas Market transforms the castle, with artists and street performers, craftsmen and knights. Meet candle makers and barrel makers, rope makers and lantern makers, minstrels and puppeteers.

For further information, please click here.

Lauscha Christmas Baubles Market

Dec 07 2019 - Dec 08 2019

Lauscha

On two Advent weekends, visitors to the Original Lauscha Christmas Baubles Market can stroll past stands adorned with delicate decorations and watch artisans as they create brilliant works of art at Lauscha's Museum of Glass Art. Lauscha is the village where the first glass Christmas tree ornament was produced about 160 years ago.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas Market at Mansfeld Castle

Dec 07 2019 - Dec 08 2019

Mansfeld-Lutherstadt

Medieval Christmas Market at Mansfeld Castle.

For further information, please click here.

Advent in the Courtyards

Dec 14 2019 - Dec 15 2019

Quedlinburg

On three Advent weekends, over twenty of the most beautiful inner courtyards display what is otherwise hidden behind their closed doors. In these intimate, historical settings, rarities and small treasures can be found and enjoyed by all.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas Market at Wartburg Castle

Dec 14 2019 - Dec 15 2019

Wartburg Castle Eisenach

Wartburg Castle is where Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformer, changed history, when he translated the New Testament into German. And this UNESCO World Heritage Site just outside Eisenach is still a massively impressive fortress. At the weekends in Advent, however, a Historic Christmas Market transforms the castle, with artists and street performers, craftsmen and knights. Meet candle makers and barrel makers, rope makers and lantern makers, minstrels and puppeteers.

For further information, please click here.

20 years Garden Dreams of Saxony-Anhalt

Jan 01 2020 - Dec 31 2020

Saxony-Anhalt

20 years Garden dreams the 50 most beautiful historical parks and gardens in Saxony-Anhalt.

For further information, please click here.

CELEBRATING MUSICLAND THURINGIA

Jan 01 2020 - Dec 31 2020

Thuringia

A celebration in honor of Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and more.

For further information, please click here.

Kurt Weill Festival

Feb 28 2020 - Mar 15 2020

Dessau

This year's Kurt Weill Festival addresses the topic "What are borders”.

For further information, please click here.

Bach Festival Arnstadt

Apr 03 2020 - Apr 26 2020

Arnstadt

Arnstadt still features more original locations related to the Bach family than any other town. There is much to discover, experience, hear and marvel at. Treat yourself to a short holiday and visit the Bach-Festival 2020!

For further information, please click here.

Easter Market in Weimar

Apr 04 2020 - Apr 05 2020

Weimar

Weimar's marketers, restaurateurs and craftsmen welcome you to celebrate the beginning of spring on the city's market square. A perfect opportunity to shop for Easter presents like jewelry or decorative arts and the best place to get into the Easter mood.

For further information, please click here.

EXHIBITION: „HERETIC! BURNING DESIRE FOR TRUTH„

Apr 04 2020 - Aug 16 2020

Augusteum in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

The new exhibition will open in 2020. More information will follow soon.

For further information, please click here.

Handel Festival

May 29 2020 - Jun 14 2020

Halle (Saale)

The Handel Festival takes place in Halle (Salle), the birthplace of George Frederic Handel, every year since 1922. Music can be enjoyed at authentic venues throughout Halle.

For further information, please click here.

Luther's Wedding

Jun 12 2020 - Jun 14 2020

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

June 13, 1525 commemorates the day the former monk Martin Luther and the escaped nun Katharina von Bora exchanged their wedding vows in this wonderful city by the river Elbe. Each year this historic moment is celebrated by residents and guests. Join in the celebrations, when the wedded couple and 2,000 opulently costumed wedding guest's parade through the streets of the old town of Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

For further information, please click here.

Merchants' Bridge Festival

Jun 19 2020 - Jun 21 2020

Erfurt

Every year on the third weekend in June, Erfurt brings the Middle Ages back to life in the form of the Merchants' Bridge Festival. The setting for this old town festival is the Merchants' Bridge, one of Erfurt's must-see landmarks. Craftsmen demonstrate the skills of the past, entertainers provide fun and games, minstrels sing and sword fighters step up for battle. There is also a fair on the cathedral square at the same time as the festival, providing entertainment all around the city.

For further information, please click here.

Fête de la Musique in Weimar

Jun 21 2020

Weimar

Weimar celebrates the "Fête de la Musique" with bands and live music all over the city.

(Information in German only)

Fête de la Musique

Cathedral Steps Festival Erfurt

Jul 10 2020 - Aug 02 2020

Erfurt

This unique festival, an open-air spectacle on the cathedral steps, has been in existence since 1994. Each year the Theater Erfurt brings a new performance to the Cathedral Square, set before the impressive 700-year-old backdrop of the St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severi Church, a medieval church ensemble. The summer event highlight has already inspired several hundred thousand visitors to make a pilgrimage to what is certainly Thuringia's most beautiful open-air stage. For quite some time viewers have traveled not only from Germany, but also from many other European countries, as well as from the USA, China and Australia.

Every summer the Cathedral Steps which run between the magnificent architectural ensemble of the Cathedral of St. Mary and the Church of St. Severus are transformed into one of the world´s most beautiful festival stages. It is traditional for the Festival Plays to bring together artists from all genres in a way which unites singers, choirs and orchestras, theatre and ballet.

For further information, please click here.

Wittenberger ErlebnisNacht - City Illumination Night

Aug 15 2020

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

From 7 pm many of the city’s famous but also less known places and buildings will be illuminated colorfully. The evening will be celebrated with live music at open air stages, at courtyards and inside museums and other unusual locations. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the box-office at the evening. 

Click on the link for further information (German only).

For further information, please click here.

Koethen Bach Festival

Aug 30 2020 - Sep 06 2020

Koethen

Among J. S. Bach's best-known works are the Brandenburg Concertos. He composed these much-loved pieces in Koethen. Visit Koethen Castle, where Bach was Director of Music for the Prince of Anhalt-Koethen; listen to a concert in the Castle's spectacular Hall of Mirrors. The city celebrates him with the International Bach Festival – but it only takes place every other year.

For further information, please click here.

Weimar's Onion Market

Oct 09 2020 - Oct 11 2020

Weimar

Onion cake, onion soup, onion bread, onion salad and the list goes on. The onion is everywhere you look this weekend in Weimar. Every year it attracts more than 300,000 visitors who travel to Weimar to find out just why local residents celebrate this special vegetable. With a little bit of luck you might even meet the onion Queen.

For further information, please click here.

Reformation Festival

Oct 31 2020

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Lutherstadt Wittenberg stages a major Reformation Day festival, starting with a 10 a.m. service in the city's two main churches, the Castle Church, where Luther nailed up the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, and the St. Mary's Town Church, where Luther preached and was married. Confirmation candidates from around the world are invited to confirm their faith at moving services in these historical churches, known for the quality of their music and singing.

Afterwards, the cobblestone streets of the city come alive with a parade and street theater, with concerts and exhibitions in the ancient buildings.

For further information, please click here.

Luther's Birthday

Nov 08 2020 - Nov 10 2020

Lutherstadt Eisleben

Lutherstadt Eisleben will be crowded with medieval dressed people such as craftsmen and jugglers. Come and celebrate Luther's Birthday with us. A medieval spectacle with traditional medieval food and a parade will be held on this day. In the evening a big fire show will entertain the visitors. In many bars in the city center of Eisleben you can taste different types of beer, which was one of Luther's favorite drinks.

For further information, please click here.

St. Martin's Festival

Nov 11 2020

All over Germany

If there is one day a year that is enjoyed by families right across LutherCountry, it has to be November 11th. This is Saint Martin's Day, when families in the federal state of Thuringia in Germany celebrate two "Martins": Saint Martin of Tours and Martin Luther.

Both played very important roles in the history of LutherCity Erfurt, with Saint Martin of Tours being the city's patron saint and Martin Luther having been baptized there. In commemoration, local citizens will therefore celebrate St. Martin's Day on November 10th with a big festival featuring old traditions, music and delicious pastries.

For further information, please click here.

Christmas Markets in LutherCountry

Nov 29 2020 - Dec 23 2020

Throughout LutherCountry

Every year from late November to December, LutherCountry transforms into a Winter Wonderland with various Christmas markets. Traditional food and drinks, local crafts, music and entertainment make it possible to celebrate Christmas the way Martin Luther did 500 years ago!

For further information, please click here.

New Permanent exhibition in the Luther House

Apr 09 2021 - Dec 31 2021

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

A new permanent exhibition is about to be planned in the Luther House. More details will follow soon.

For further information, please click here.

Horticulture Show Erfurt (Buga)

Apr 23 2021 - Oct 10 2021

Erfurt

The federal horticulture show Bundesgartenschau (Buga) will take place in Erfurt this year. From the old town to ega park - all over the city plants, trees, flowers will decorate the city.

More information will come soon.

For further information, please click here.

The Bible Writer

May 01 2021 - Jul 17 2022

Market square Eisenach

Within 9 months a digital robot arm writes down the Luther-Bible. Witness this temporary highlight yourself and find the installation on the market square in Eisenach. More informational will follow.

For further information, please click here.

EXHIBITION “LUTHER’S ARRIVAL – DAILY ROUTINE AT WARTBURG CASTLE”

May 01 2021 - Nov 06 2021

Wartburg Castle

A temporary exhibition at Wartburg Castle that will present Luther’s daily life at the castle.

For further information, please click here.

500th anniversary of translating the bible

May 04 2021 - Jan 31 2022

LutherCountry

500 years translation of the bible will be celbrated in Eisenach.

More information will follow soon.

For further information, please click here.

Luther's Wedding

Jun 11 2021 - Jun 13 2021

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

June 13, 1525 commemorates the day the former monk Martin Luther and the escaped nun Katharina von Bora exchanged their wedding vows in this wonderful city by the river Elbe. Each year this historic moment is celebrated by residents and guests. Join in the celebrations, when the wedded couple and 2,000 opulently costumed wedding guest's parade through the streets of the old town of Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

For further information, please click here.

EXHIBITION “LUTHER AND THE BIBLE”

Apr 14 2022 - Jul 01 2023

Luther House in Eisenach

The re-opening of the award-winning ongoing exhibition.

For further information, please click here.

EXHIBITION “LUTHER’S TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE”

May 01 2022 - Nov 06 2022

Wartburg Castle

In 10 weeks Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German. A temporary exhibition at Wartburg Castle will now show the steps of translating the Bible and will spotlight Martin Luther’s work.

For further information, please click here.

500th anniversary Luther's Wedding

Jun 01 2025 - Jun 15 2025

Lutherstadt Wittenberg

June 13, 1525 commemorates the day the former monk Martin Luther and the escaped nun Katharina von Bora exchanged their wedding vows in this wonderful city by the river Elbe. Each year this historic moment is celebrated by residents and guests. Join in the celebrations, when the wedded couple and 2,000 opulently costumed wedding guest's parade through the streets of the old town of Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

For further information, please click here.