At the start of the year in 1524, more than 2,000 people flocked to Allstedt to hear Thomas Müntzer preach in the Church of St. John. Today people from all over the world come here to trace the history of this revolutionary church reformer.
Altenburg is perhaps best known for its quaint old quarter and as the home of German playing cards, but through Georg Spalatin, one of Luther's main comrades and supporters, it also had an important role in the history of the Reformation.
Augsburg's history dates back over 2,000 years, making it one of Germany's oldest cities. It was the venue for Imperial Diets, witnessing the Religious Peace of Augsburg, the High Peace Festival and the Augsburg Confession – all of which assured it a place in world history.
Bad Hersfeld in north-east Hessen is known for the festival that takes place amid the world's biggest Romanesque church ruins. Martin Luther was attracted to this romantic town and preached here during his travels through Hessen.
Today Bad Neustadt is a spa resort whose attractions include its saline springs, a beautifully preserved old quarter and baroque art at its most exuberant. When Luther's mother was born here in the 15th century, the town was the economic centre of the Franconian hill country.
Bretten nestles among the vineyards of the Kraichgau and is surrounded by the hills of the Odenwald and the Black Forest. This enchanting setting is no doubt one of the reasons why Philipp Melanchthon always remained firmly attached to his birthplace.
'Exceedingly charming' is how Martin Luther described the Bavarian town of Coburg, and today's visitors can see exactly what he meant. An old quarter full of lanes, towers and churches, and not one but four castles, make this a unique combination of art, history and culture.