Luther Tour into the heartland of the Reformation

An offer for groups of 20 people or more when arriving by own bus. 

Bookable: year round on request and availability

Price: on request

Design your own round trip to the heartland of the Reformation with selectable building blocks from eleven Luther sites. We are happy to design a tailor-made tour according to your content and schedule requirements.

Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) was the theological author of the Reformation, with which he wished to correct what he saw as aberrations in Christianity. Luther was the right man at the right time. Seldom has one person precipitated such dramatic upheaval. He stood up unyieldingly for his own convictions with courage, intelligence and passion and took on the then dominant teaching of the Catholic Church. Get to know the authentic sites in Central Germany where Luther lived and operated. Expect exciting insights, moments and findings in the heartland of the Reformation. We’ll be happy to put an individual tour programme together for you just as you want it.

LUTHER ANCESTRAL HOME MÖHRA (Thuringia)

Möhra is the ancestral home of the Luther family. Luther’s father left the town with his heavily pregnant wife in the summer of 1483 for Eisleben, where Martin Luther was born on 10th November 1483. Luther finally preached in the present-day Lutherplatz of Möhra on the way back from the Diet of Worms on 4th May 1521.

Bookable group offers:

  • guided tour of the Luther church
  • Luther monument
  • competent travel companion in the bus of the guests from/to Eisenach

EISENACH (Thuringia)

“No other town knows me better”, recalled Luther in the town of his schooldays. He attended St. George’s school in Eisenach as a Latin scholar from 1498 – 1501, living in this period in the house of the von Cotta family, the present-day Luther house. In 1521/22, in protective custody at the Wartburg – concealed as Junker Jörg – he translated the New Testament from Greek into German in a mere ten months.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme City Tour “Martinus – Latin students and Junker Jörg”
  • Theme City Tour “Bach as a Lutheran”
  • Guided tour in the palace of the Wartburg with a visit to the Lutherstube (UNESCO world heritage)
  • Visit to the Luther House with permanent exhibition “Luther and the Bible”
  • Special tour “Bach and Luther” in the Bachhaus Eisenach with foreplay of Bach’s Luther chorales on original historical keyboard instruments and visit of Bach’s theological private library
  • Visit to the Georgenkirche – Luther’s sermon and Bach’s baptistery
  • competent tour guide for round trips to Möhra and Schmalkalden in the bus of the guests from/to Eisenach

LUTHER MONUMENT STEINBACH (Thuringia)

Location in the Glasbachgrund forest of the pretended capture of the outlawed Martin Luther on 4th May 1521 by soldiers of Elector Frederick the Wise. From here Luther was taken to the Wartburg where, – concealed as Junker Jörg – he translated the Bible from Ancient Greek into German.

Bookable group offers:

  • Guided Thuringian Forest Walk to the Luther Memorial with Luther Beech and Luther Born
  • competent travel companion in the bus of the guests from / to Eisenach

SCHMALKALDEN (Thuringia)

In 1531, the Schmalkaldic League was established. Seven meetings were held in the town. 1537 went down in history as the “most splendid princely meeting”. Numerous princes, counts, envoys of the Emperor, of the Pope, of the Kings of France and Denmark, ambassadors of imperial and Hanseatic cities and evangelical theologians – led by Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon – were present. Martin Luther submitted doctrine which found its way into the Book of Concord of the evangelical church as “Schmalkald Articles”. Designed in the form of theses, written with his heart’s blood, they are often described as Luther’s “private confession”. Today, Schmalkalden is one of Thuringia’s most impressive half-timbered towns.

Bookable group offers:

  • Themed city tour in Luther’s footsteps with an exterior tour of the Luther House
  • Guided tour in the town hall Schmalkalden (venue of the Schmalkaldic League)
  • Guided tour in the city church St. Georg
  • Tour of Castle Wilhelmsburg with a permanent history of the Reformation “Departure into the new time”

  • competent travel companion in the bus of the guests from/to Eisenach

Gotha (Thüringen)

ERFURT (Thuringia)

Erfurt is considered the spiritual home of the reformer. In 1501 Luther began studying at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Erfurt and in 1505 he obtained the title Magister Artium. When he fell into a thunderstorm on 2 July 1505 in the open field in Stotternheim near Erfurt, a lightning strike contributed to a vehement change in his life. In fear of death, he is said to have taken a vowel: “Help, St. Anna, I want to become a monk!” Against the will of his father, Luther dropped out of law school and entered the Erfurt monastery of the Augustinian Hermits a few days later. Here he got access to a Bible for the first time in his life. In the Cathedral of St. Mary Luther was ordained a priest in 1507. He read his first Mass at the Augustinian church.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme city tour “Luther as a student and monk”
  • Guided tour of the evangelical Augustinian monastery with a visit to the Luther cell and the Augustinian church
  • Guided tour in the cath. St. Mary’s Cathedral

LUTHER TOWN EISLEBEN (Saxony-Anhalt)

Martin Luther was born on 10th November 1483 in Eisleben and baptised next day in the town. On 18th February 1546 Luther died, on his last journey to reconcile the disputing local lords, in the town of his birth, Eisleben. In the St. Andrew’s Church he gave the last sermon of his life. Here he was laid out after his death, before he was transferred to the last resting place in the Wittenberg Castle Church. The Luther memorials in Eisleben are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme City Tour “Luther – from cradle to grave”
  • Guided tour in Luther’s birthplace with permanent exhibition “That’s why I am – Martin Luther and Eisleben”
  • Guided tour in Luther’s death house with permanent exhibition “Luther’s Last Walk”
  • Guided tour in Luther’s baptistery St. Petri-Pauli = theme church “Baptism Center”
  • Guided tour in St. Andrew’s Church with original Luther’s pulpit
  • competent tour guide for sightseeing tours to Mansfelder Land in the bus of the guests from/to Eisleben

MANSFELD – LUTHER TOWN (Saxony-Anhalt)

In Mansfeld Martin Luther spent his childhood and youth from 1484 to 1497. Here is his parental home, which was renovated in 2014 and expanded by a new museum building with a modern permanent exhibition. In the time of his childhood fall important imprints. So he received his first school education in the Mansfelder Latin School. Later he preached in St. George’s Church and often visited the counts at Mansfeld Castle.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme City Tour “Luther’s childhood in Mansfeld”
  • Guided tour of the museum “Luther’s Parental Home” with permanent exhibition “I am a Mansfeld child”
  • Visit to Luther’s historic parental home
  • Sightseeing of Luther’s school
  • Visit to St. George’s Church
  • Tour of the Luther fountain
  • competent tour guide for sightseeing tours to Mansfelder Land in the bus of the guests from/to Eisleben

LUTHER TOWN WITTENBERG (Saxony-Anhalt)

From 1508 Wittenberg was Luther’s main place of activity for 35 years. He lived here initially as a monk, then from 1525 together with his family. It was in this town, where he lectured to students from the whole of Europe, that his world-changing writings were produced. On 31st October 1517 he posted his 95 Theses against the selling of indulgences by the Catholic Church on the door of the Castle Church. This was the spark for the Reformation. Luther married the former nun Katharina von Bora in Wittenberg in 1525. The graves of Luther and his friend Melanchthon are to be found in the Castle Church. The Luther memorials in Wittenberg are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Bookable group offers:

  • Old town tour to the original scenes of the Reformation
  • Guided tour in Lutherhaus Wittenberg with permanent exhibition “Martin Luther – Life, Work and Effect”
  • Guided tour in the castle church with thesis portal and the tombs of Luther and Melanchthon
  • Guided tour in the town church St. Marien with Cranach altar

  • Visit to the Melanchthon House with permanent exhibition “Melanchthon – Life, Work and Effect”
  • Visit the Cranach house and the Cranach courts
  • Dinner according to recipes of Katharina Luther in a historic old town restaurant

LEIPZIG (Saxony)

Luther visited Leipzig several times during his life. The first time he came to the city in 1512 to receive those 50 gulden, which had granted Elector Friedrich the Wise for his successful doctorate. Significant was the Leipzig Disputation, which led Luther with Johannes Eck 1519 on the Pleissenburg. In 1521 Luther secretly stayed in Leipzig as “Junker Jörg” and found shelter in the house of his friend Heinrich Stromer von Auerbach. In 1539, Luther announced the introduction of the Reformation in Leipzig from the pulpit of St. Thomas’s Church. There, a glass window and a plaque commemorate the reformer.

Bookable group offers:

  • Theme city tour in the footsteps of Luther
  • Guided tour of the Thomas church
  • Luther tour in Auerbachs Keller with festive menu or coffee
  • Visit to the City History Museum in the old town hall with original wedding ring of Luther’s wife

TORGAU (Saxony)

Torgau is the most significant Reformation site in the Free State of Saxony. Martin Luther stayed in the town more than 40 times. The Torgau castle church was consecrated by Martin Luther as the first Protestant church to be built. Luther’s wife Katharina died in Torgau in December 1552. Thus the only memorial to the wife of the reformer is to be found in Torgau. Katharina’s gravestone can be found in the town church of St. Mary.

Bookable group offers:

  • City Tour “Luther and the Reformation in Torgau”
  • Museum tour “On Luther’s wife”
  • Guided tour in the city church of St. Mary with Katharina Luther’s tomb
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