Visiting Lutherstadt Wittenberg, framed by the Middle Elbe and Fläming Heath, amounts to experiencing world history up close. Up to this day, the city is being influenced by its most famous son. By posting his Theses in 1517, Dr. Martin Luther made Wittenberg world-famous. The Lutherhaus, the Castle Church All Saints with the famous door, and many more of the Reformers’ places of activity preserve the spirit of those days.
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With the foundation of the Leucorea University at Wittenberg in 1502, the town became a magnet for theologians, philosophers, and artists. Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and many more came flocking to the aspiring intellectual center. The Lutheran Reformation movement also began here, and subsequently, Wittenberg became one of the spiritual and cultural centers of 16th century Europe. Along with the ubiquitous spirit of those times, the historic town center has survived up to this day. Tightly packed are the museums guarding the reformatory heritage, and also the genius of those times lives on in the Leucorea.
The Lutherhaus is home to the world’s largest museum of reformatory history. At the restored house of Melanchthon, visitors gather a sense of the reality and day to day life of Melanchthon and his family, while the new building houses an exhibition on the humanist’s work and influence. Another main sight is the Castle Church All Saints, built in 1506, with the door to which Martin Luther was said to have posted his 95 Theses. Furthermore, there is St. Mary’s Church, the parish church in which Luther frequently preached, with its reformatory altar painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder, and there are the houses of Cranach with the Cranach courtyards beckoning visitors from all over the world to Wittenberg. Lovers of art, culture, and history will find a great variety of top-level clerical and worldly events like art exhibitions, concerts, symposiums, historic festivities, festivals, and still more.
The Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg were recognized as cultural heritage of humanity in December 1996 and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since then. Within 35 km of Wittenberg, there are another three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, Bauhaus Dessau, and the Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe. It is safe to say: The city lies in a region filled to the brim with cultural and natural treasures waiting to be discovered.
Whether making it a stop on a bike tour on one of Europe’s great bike trails, or visiting it as a pilgrimage site on the Way of St. James or on the Luther Trail – come stay at Wittenberg and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this famous place and the region of Luther, Bauhaus, and the Garden Kingdom. We are looking forward to your visit.
Opening hours of the tourist information
January through March
Mon - Fri 10am – 4pm
Sat, Sun, holidays 10am – 2pm
April through October
Mon - Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat, Sun, holidays 10am - 4pm
November through December
Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm
Sat, Sun, holidays 10am – 2pm
Getting there by bike
Coal | Steam | Light Adventure Route
Elbe Cycle Route
The Orange Route
Schwarze Elster Cycle Route
Getting there by public transport
Munich-Berlin, Wittenberg train station
Getting there by car
A9 Munich-Berlin, Exit Coswig
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