Luther 2017

500 years since 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.

While Luther's father left Möhra after getting married, his brother 'Hans the Younger', who had inherited their parents' farm, stayed in the village. Some of his descendants still live in the area today and keep the name of Luther very much alive.

One example is the lovingly restored Luther House, which in its present form dates back to Georg Luther, a great-grandson of Hans the Younger. Martin Luther himself is said to have visited the village in 1521 and preached to the people under a lime tree. The Luther statue at the centre of the village commemorates this sermon.


Situated at the heart of the idyllic Moorgrund region in the south-westerly part of the Thuringian Forest, Möhra is an ideal base for walks and excursions. The 31km Luther Trail, which runs from Glasbachgrund to Eisenach, passes right through Möhra. There are further opportunities for walking on the nearby Rennsteig trail or at Dragon's Gorge. The nearest larger town is Bad Salzungen with its impressive salt-evaporation works.

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