LutherCountry: Where you can walk in Luther’s Footsteps

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LutherCountry is the region in the heart of Germany where Martin Luther spent most of his life and where his presence is still tangible today. Next to countless traces of the Great Reformer’s legacy and authentic locations that played an important role in his life, there are many more natural and cultural treasures and famous personalities to discover!

Music

Experience the unbreakable bond between music and religion by traveling to the same places once visited by some of the world’s most famous composers. The Great Reformer Martin Luther, who once said “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world”, wasn’t the only important historical figure to be born and raised in this beautiful region. Both Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Frederic Handel, two of the most significant baroque composers of all time, were also born in LutherCountry in 1685.

Bachhaus Eisenach TTB

Bachhaus Eisenach TTB

Born in the charming city of Eisenach, Bach was baptized in St. George’s Church, where the original baptismal font still stands today. In 1907, the New Bach Society founded the worlds’ first Bach museum right here in LutherCountry, otherwise known as the Bach House. Moreover, Bach also spent some of the most important years of his life in the Luther Cities Mühlhausen and Weimar.

Handel, on the other hand, was in born in the lovely city of Halle (Saale). Now internationally known as “The Handel City”, travelers to Halle can enjoy breathtaking performances of his operas, organ concerts, and oratorios. Every year, the city celebrates the renowned Handel Festival with a varied program that includes some of Handel’s best-known works in addition to wonderful rediscoveries and fascinating interpretations.

Handel Festival Thomas Ziegler

Handel Festival Thomas Ziegler

Next to Bach and Handel, other famous composers like Frank Liszt, Kurt Weill, and Georg Philipp Telemann were also born in LutherCountry. Their musical genius is still celebrated today with a vast range of festivals and exhibitions, promising a veritable heaven on earth for music enthusiasts. Although the inimitable composer Richard Wagner wasn’t born here, he also left his mark on the region and Eisenach in particular, which is now home to the “Reuter-Wagner Museum” and the second largest Richard Wagner Collection in the world.

Art

Cranach Altar Stadtkirche Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Cranach Altar Stadtkirche Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Without a doubt, the artistic landscape of LutherCountry is chiefly dominated by one man: Martin Luther’s closest friend, Lucas Cranach the Elder. Considered one of the premiere German painters and graphic artists of the Renaissance, Cranach painted numerous portraits of his friends and Reformation leaders Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon. These works of art along with his many altarpieces and allegorical paintings are the reason why he’s now known as the “Reformation painter”. If you’re planning a trip to Lutherstadt Wittenberg, make sure to stop by the famous “Mother Church of the Reformation” to see the original altarpiece created by Lucas Cranach and his son, Lucas Cranach the Younger. To learn more about this famous artist and the man behind the name, we highly recommend paying a visit to the Cranach Courtyards and the Cranach House in Wittenberg.

Lucas Cranach’s youngest son, Lucas Cranach the Younger, was born in 1515 in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. In honor of his 500th birthday, cities throughout LutherCountry will host a wide range of exciting and interesting events throughout 2015.

UNESCO World Heritage

Quedlinburg Michael Baden

Quedlinburg Michael Baden

LutherCountry is proud of the cultural and historical sites that make up its rich and colorful heritage, many of which have even been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. In fact, many of Germany’s 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites can be found right here in LutherCountry! Thanks to the large impact Martin Luther had on world history, some of these cultural highlights are directly connected to the Great Reformer, such as the Luther House in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Luther’s Birthplace and Death House in Lutherstadt Eisleben, the famous Wartburg Castle in Eisenach or St. Mary’s Church and the Castle Church in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Guests to the region have the luxury of combining these Reformation highlights with other must-see UNESCO sites such as the Nebra Sky Disc in Halle (Saale) or the medieval town of Quedlinburg and its cozy, half-timbered houses nestled in the foothills of the Harz Mountains.

Pilgrimage through LutherCountry

Lutherweg Eroeffnung TTB

Lutherweg Eroeffnung TTB

LutherCountry is where the Reformation began. Martin Luther was born in Lutherstadt Eisleben and grew up in Mansfeld. By nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, he sparked a fire that would ultimately change the course of history. If you’d like to follow in Luther’s footsteps, why not set out on the Luther Trail? This pilgrimage route is a circular hiking trail that leads right through the heart of LutherCountry, featuring a vast range of difficulty levels across 900 miles that make it suitable for both novice and experienced hikers. This is the perfect opportunity to pass by every important Reformation location in the region while simultaneously enjoying breathtaking landscapes, enchanting forests, and the many quaint villages that call LutherCountry home.

For further information, sample itineraries, and much more, please visit: www.visit-luther.com. For news and regular updates, please check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LutherCountry.