ABOVE: An engraving of Martin Luther at age 63,
based on a woodcut by Lucas Cranach the Elder. INSET BELOW: 2017 will be the
500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Luther is one of Germany's great historic figures, and a number of cities have
ties to the Reformer. Three are featured in the Germany section of
Eisenach is where
Luther studied Latin from the ages of 15 to 18. Later, after being declared
an outlaw and a heretic at the Diet of Worms, he hid out in Eisenach's
Wartburg Castle, where he
translated the New Testament into German. (A museum, the
Lutherhaus Eisenach, now
occupies the house where Luther boarded with a family for three years.)
Erfurt is where Luther
took his vows as a Roman Catholic monk in 1505. (Tourists can sleep in the
where Luther lived until he entered the priesthood and began teaching in
Wittenberg is where Martin Luther started the Reformation by nailing his
"95 Theses" to the door of the Schlosskirche. Luther was a university
professor in Wittenberg for much of his adult life, and the town is filled
with churches, museums, and other sites that are associated with Luther and
For more information about Luther tourism in Germany, see:
Germany Tourism: Luther
Luther 2017 and the "Luther Decade"
2017 will be the 500th anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses, which launched the
Protestant Reformation. The 10 years leading up to 2017 have been branded "The
Luther Decade," and you can learn about Luther events, exhibitions, conferences,
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