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Insider Tip

Luther and Katharina's wedding is celebrated every year with a three-day medieval town festival in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Don't miss out on the fun if you visit LutherCountry in June!

The Full Reformation Experience

Visit LutherCountry and lift the veil on the story behind Martin Luther and the Reformation! Stand where the Great Reformer once stood and dive into the sea of cultural treasures just waiting to be discovered.

Day 1: Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Cranach Altar inside St. Mary's town church in Lutherstadt Wittenberg © Klaus-Peter Voigt, IMG Sachsen-AnhaltTheses Door in Lutherstadt Wittenberg © Michael Bader, IMG Sachsen-Anhalt

We recommend traveling north to south through LutherCountry and starting in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, a beautiful city in the heart of LutherCountry otherwise known as the "Birthplace of the Reformation". Here you can visit the famous Castle Church and the bronze doors created in memory of Luther's 95 Theses, as well as many other fascinating Reformation sites such as St. Mary's Church and the breathtaking Reformation Altar created by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Other highlights include the Luther House, which is home to the world's largest museum on Reformation history, as well as the Melanchthon House and the Cranach Courtyards. With so many beautiful and interesting things to see and do, you'll want to spend at least a day or two in this gorgeous city. While you're here, be sure to try a traditional "Luther Dinner" and see for yourself why Luther was so fond of LutherCountry's local cuisine!

Day 2: Dessau and Halle

Spend the next day visiting the two LutherCities of Dessau and Halle (Saale) for a day brimming with architecture, art, and nature with stops at the world-renowned Bauhaus, the Anhalt Picture Gallery, and the enchanting Garden Kingdom Dessau-Woerlitz, not to mention the Francke Foundations and St. Mary's Library.

Day 3: Lutherstadt Eisleben and Mansfeld-Lutherstadt

After that, why not spend a day learning more about the man behind the Great Reformer? Visit Lutherstadt Eisleben, the town where Luther was born and died, for a guided tour of Luther's Birthplace, Luther's Death House, and the Luther Monument. You can also make the short drive to Mansfeld-Lutherstadt on the same day to see Luther's Parents' Home and discover more about his family history.

Day 4: Erfurt

Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt © Toma Babovic, Thuringia Tourism BoardMerchants' Bridge in Erfurt © Andreas Weise, Thuringia Tourism Board

Erfurt is the next stop on this exciting tour and one that requires at least one or two days to fully appreciate this city's unique historic charm. Visit the Augustinian Monastery where Luther lived as a monk, as well as St. Mary's Cathedral, the Old Synagogue, and the delightful Merchants' Bridge.

Day 5: Eisenach

Then it's off to Eisenach for a day full of Reformation history and world-class music! Go on a guided tour of the Luther House before visiting the impressive Wartburg Castle and its famous Luther Cell ("Lutherstube").

Day 6: Schmalkalden and Weimar

Spend your last full day in LutherCountry visiting some of the region's most beautiful architectural highlights, starting with a trip to Schmalkalden for an up-close look at its colorful, half-timbered buildings and the enchanting Wilhelmsburg Castle, one of Germany's best-preserved fortresses. Last but not least, it's off to Weimar, where you can see St. Peter & Paul's Church and visit the Cranach Exhibition inside Weimar's Town Palace Museum.

This, of course, is just one suggestion of how to spend an unforgettable vacation in LutherCountry! For more suggestions, please take a look at our "Adventures in LutherCountry" brochure!