THURINGIA THE REFORMATION STAT
The 4 must-see cities in the land of Martin Luther
For Protestant believers there is no place like
Luther Country located in the heart of Germany.
The land where Martin Luther was born, ordained
a priest and shaped a new world view is an
exeptional destination for religious travellers to
discover history at close quarters.
For decades, Lutherans and pilgrims have been
travelling to Luther Country and returned home
with a strengthened and deeper faith. Especially
this year, all eyes are on this region as it chronicles
500 years since the Protestant Reformation.
Thuringia, a tiny state located right in the
middle of Germany, is the very heartland of the
Reformation and awaits its visitors with fascinating
landascapes, aspiring cities and historical places,
that played an essential role in the life of Martin
Luther. Because of the country’s compact size,
venues like the Wartburg Castle or the Augustinian
Monastery are only a short hop. Keep step with
the Reformer and wander in his footsteps through
Luther Country Thuringia – it’s a journey you’ll not
want to miss.
Top of the list and Luther’s “beloved
town,” Eisenach concentrates several Reformation
discoveries in just a small area. Visit Luther
House, where Luther lived as a schoolboy from
1498 and 1501. There you can see historic
treasures and gain new insights into his youth.
Just around the corner, at the 550-year-old Bach
House, see more than 250 exhibits dedicated
to the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach
and learn how both – Bach and Luther – created
the church music we know today. On display are
Baroque instruments, a goblet from the Bach
household, the garden and much more. Also
schedule a trip to the impressive Wartburg Castle,
founded around 1067 and majestically looming
above the Thuringian Forest. The Wartburg played
a pivotal role in the success of the Reformation and
thousands visit yearly to see where Luther lived
while he translated the New Testament into German.