Route 2 "Life and Times" ©Lutz Edelhoff/Theater Erfurt
Route 2 - From Berlin to Frankfurt
Luther 2017

500 years since the Reformation

Route 2 "Life and Times"

2017 is fast approaching: a major exhibition will be one of the many events celebrating this important anniversary in German history. The exhibition will be shown in Berlin, Wittenberg and Wartburg in Eisenach, so there will be three opportunities to see it. You can discover all three on our second route.

It’s always worthwhile beginning a trip in Berlin. And that is also true of this route, which makes its second stop in Wittenberg - the town where Luther lived for over 35 years and which played a central role in his life.

Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora, has close ties with Torgau. She stayed in the town after fleeing from the convent and it is here that she is buried. Torgau honours her with its annual Katharina Festival. In Eisleben, the house where Luther died paints a vivid picture of everyday life in the late Middle Ages. Together with the house where he was born and the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul where he was baptised, it is central to the Lutherstadt Festival.

In nearby Mansfeld it is well worth visiting Luther’s childhood home and the festival celebrating Luther’s first day at school. Erfurt, whose beautiful old quarter never fails to impress, is home to the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived as a monk for six years, and the Prediger Church, which is the city’s main Protestant church today. No visit to Eisenach is complete without seeing Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament, and Luther’s House. Finally, in Frankfurt, a section of the Luther Trail bears witness to Luther’s journey from Worms back to Wartburg Castle in 1521 – and the many museums look back at the rich history and culture of a city more usually associated with banking and trade.

Our tip

The largest of Erfurt’s surviving abbeys is that of the Augustinian hermits. Built in 1,277, this impressive example of medieval monastic architecture is closely linked with the name of Martin Luther, who lived here as a monk. The exhibition, including Luther’s cell, can be visited as part of a guided tour.

Route information

Distance: around 630 km

Starting point: Berlin

Endpoint: Frankfurt

Waypoints: Berlin, Wittenberg, Torgau, Eisleben/Mansfeld, Erfurt, Eisenach, Frankfurt

Travel

Airports: Berlin, Leipzig-Halle, Dresden, Erfurt-Weimar, Frankfurt

ICE train stations: Berlin, Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisenach, Frankfurt

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