500 years since the Reformation
Jena in Thuringia was one of the places where the Luther Bible was printed, so the city played an instrumental role in spreading Luther's teachings.
Luther stayed in Jena several times and his first visit in 1522 was particularly tense: at that time, Luther was ostracised in the Holy Roman Empire and hid at Wartburg Castle under the guise of 'Squire George'. He visited Jena in this disguise and stayed at the Black Bear (Zum Schwarzen Bär). You can still enjoy Thuringian specialities in the Luther Room at this hotel today.
Two years later, Luther held a sermon at St Michael's Church in the town. His pulpit is preserved in the church to this day. Jena is regarded as an important location for the printing of the Lutheran Bible.
Jena, a modern and lively university town and city of science, has a fascinating history as well as a host of visitor attractions. Among the highlights are St. Michael's Church with the original memorial plate intended for Luther's grave, the historical town hall, the JenTower with viewing platform, the famous Zeiss Planetarium and Schiller's summer house.
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