Places associated with Luther

Martin Luther and the Reformation changed Germany – and their impact can still be felt today in the locations where the events of the time played out. Come with us on a journey of discovery.

Although the Lutheran Church of Our Lady is today an internationally recognised symbol of Protestant architecture as well as a famous Dresden landmark, the Reformation initially attracted very few supporters in the city.

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Eilenburg, just outside Leipzig in Saxony, was once the residence of the Wettin dynasty. Its heyday was in the Middle Ages, when its brewing industry flourished. Martin Luther visited this prosperous small country town several times between 1522 and 1545.

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Martin Luther, Johann Sebastian Bach and Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia are some of the great names associated with Eisenach, the home of Wartburg Castle, on the northern edge of the Thuringian Forest.

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Martin Luther once declared Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia , to be "in the ideal location, the perfect place for a city". He knew Erfurt well, having spent six years there as a monk.

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Gotha in present-day Thuringia is the former seat of the Duchy of Saxe-Gotha. Martin Luther liked to stop here on his travels to and from Worms , Marburg and Schmalkalden .

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Grimma, an idyllic little town south-east of Leipzig on the river Mulde in Saxony , had a special significance for Luther: Katharina von Bora, who later became his wife, lived in a convent here for 14 years.

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Between 1545 and 1546 Martin Luther preached on several occasions in Halle, a former ducal town with a rich and colourful history. Luther's main adversary, Cardinal Albrecht, also lived in the city in today's Saxony-Anhalt region.

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Even back in Luther's day, student life shaped Heidelberg, Germany's oldest university town. Here, in the rooms of the university, the great Reformer presented his beliefs to the Augustinian Order in 1518, shortly after nailing his theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg.

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