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.
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, a Protestant place of pilgrimage, is regarded as the cradle of the Reformation. It was here that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the castle church on 31 October 1517.
Magdeburg, the central point on the Romanesque Route and today the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt , was visited by Martin Luther on several occasions. From 1497 to 1498 he studied under the Brethren of the Common Life, a religious community.
The tranquil town of Mansfeld in the southern foothills of the Harz shaped Luther's childhood. Back then, Mansfeld was a centre of copper mining. Today, this small town is a popular place from which to explore local industrial monuments from the early days of mining.
The Russian poet Boris Pasternak described the university town of Marburg as a medieval fairytale. For Martin Luther it was also a dream: it was the home of Landgrave Philipp the Magnanimous, one of the most important supporters of the Reformation.
Möhra is a small community with a great history. This idyllic village, which has a population of less than a thousand, is the home of Luther's ancestors. Luther's family can be traced as far back as the 14th century in Möhra.