500 years since the Reformation
Altenburg is perhaps best known for its quaint old quarter and as the home of German playing cards, but through Georg Spalatin, one of Luther's main comrades and supporters, it also had an important role in the history of the Reformation.
Spalatin is known as the 'architect of the Reformation'. With Luther's support, he was determined to put Reformation ideas into practice in Altenburg.
Visitors to this Thuringian town will stumble across Reformation history in many places. From 2014 a permanent exhibition in St. Bartholomew's Church will illustrate the influence of the Reformation, with the 'red spires' showing the abbeys' status at that time. Spalatin worked as a preacher at the castle church. The historical Spalatin garden is dedicated to the 'architect of the Reformation'.
The imposing castle in this former ducal town houses a playing card museum as well as many art treasures. The historical old quarter is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. Altenburg's market square, one of the most beautiful in Germany, feels a little like Siena in Italy. A host of museums, musical and literary events, traditional fairs and craft markets give this historical town a contemporary buzz.