500 years since the Reformation
Lutherstadt Eisleben is one of the oldest towns in the region between the Harz mountains and the river Elbe. Inextricably linked with the life of Martin Luther, the town and its Luther sites have been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.
The house where Luther was born and the house where he died are both in Eisleben. They are among the most important Luther memorials of all and, thanks to recent excavations, provide exceptional insights into life in the late Middle Ages.
A visit to Eisleben's churches is like taking a stroll through Luther's life: he was christened at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, he was a vicar at St. Anne's Church and he held his last sermon at St. Andrew's Church. The Luther Trail in Eisleben connects all the sites associated with Luther and presents them in an engaging way.
You get a real sense of the history of the local region at the residence of the Counts of Mansfeld and on the medieval market square in the historical old quarter. The Eisleben Wiesenmarkt, the biggest folk festival in Central Germany, is held annually on the eastern side of town.
The Cistercian Convent in Helfta is a very special place. The jewel in the crown of German convents and a centre of mysticism in the 13th century, it can be visited today as part of a tour.