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As a schoolboy, Luther preferred music to any other subject. He became proficient at playing the lute and even went on to compose some hymns, like "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God".
LutherCountry's cultural landscape was shaped by some of the world's most talented composers, who in turn were influenced by the waves of change set in motion by the Protestant Reformation. Enjoy a music-inspired tour through central Germany and learn more about the undeniable connections between music and religion.
You can start, for example, at Eisenach's Bach House for a fascinating look at the life, work, and beliefs of Johann Sebastian Bach. After that, it's off to spend a few days in Weimar, otherwise known as the "City of Culture". Bach lived here for almost 10 years, while Franz Liszt turned the city into a musical hub that cast its spell on musicians, composers, and music enthusiasts alike. You'll need at least two days to explore the many authentic places once visited by great composers, including Hummel, Cornelius, Humperdinck, and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
If you have time, you should also be sure to visit Halle (Saale), where the Handel House conveys vivid impressions of Handel's life, work, and times. The city also features myriad Reformation highlights, creating a perfect mix of music and theology that would have earned Luther's stamp of approval.