Wittenberg: Luther's 95 theses ©DZT (Marcel Kaufmann Photography)
Oct 02, 2017

Celebrating a turning point in global history

Martin Luther's act of nailing his theses to the church door in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517 signalled the beginning of the Reformation. 500 years on, it's still cause for a very special celebration.

Join the festivities to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Wittenberg event that changed not just Germany and Europe, but the world, when Martin Luther published his 95 theses denouncing the selling of indulgences. This document, famously nailed to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, went down in history as the first step towards Reformation. The impact of this single act remains hugely significant, as the Reformation gave rise to a new religious consciousness. Its influence doesn't end there: entire professions, including German writers, composers and scientists, were shaped by the spiritual revolution that began 500 years ago with Martin Luther in this town on the Elbe river.

A national day of celebration

Come to Wittenberg on Reformation Day, where this public holiday will be celebrated with concerts, special church services and a ceremony in the Stadthaus. Hundreds of costumed actors and artists will transport you back 500 years. Street performers, musicians, artisans and travelling traders will gather on the magnificent Renaissance market square and in the grand courtyards of the old town, bringing the Middle Ages back to life. Join in the festivities on the historical town squares and soak up the enchanting atmosphere. There's also plenty going on in the run-up to 31 October, including lots of cultural events such as the Wittenberg Renaissance Music Festival. Or perhaps you'll travel to one of the other Luther festivals taking place up and down the country on Reformation Day and join an entire nation in commemorating the lasting impact of a spiritual revolution. For more information, please visit www.luther2017.de/en/