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.
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.
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.
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.
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.