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All LutherCountry Events

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.

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Handel Festival

May 31 2019 - Jun 16 2019

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.

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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).

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Luther's Wedding

Jun 14 2019 - Jun 16 2019

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.

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Merchants' Bridge Festival

Jun 14 2019 - Jun 16 2019

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.

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Historical Lime Blossom Festival

Jun 22 2019 - Jun 23 2019

Francke Foundations, Halle (Saale)

Every two years visitors can stroll around the grounds of the Francke Foundation – which sent Henry Melchior Muhlenberg to Pennsylvania, where he founded the first Lutheran Church in America – and enjoy a medieval spectacle with markets and workshops focusing on the anniversary of the Reformation.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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.

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