Lutherstadt Wittenberg Travel Guide

  • Entrance from street
    Entrance from street
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    The kettels
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    Street view
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Lutherstadt Wittenberg Things to Do

  • Minus Luther?

    What happens if you take Luther out of Lutherstadt Wittenberg? Actually that's rather difficult when the influence of Luther on history, and religious history in particular, is so great. The monuments connected with Luther, Melanchthon (aka Schwartzerdt) and others easily merit the town's inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But what if...

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  • Cranch Court

    The Caranach Court, which was the largest private residence in his time, was built in 1506 by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553). the court includes several buildings, like a paint shop, a pharmacy and a workshop. In 1773 the house was remodeled to Baroque style.Today it is planned to create a center for the graphic and plastic arts here.

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  • Do a guided tour

    We booked a guided tour of Wittenberg at the tourist information. The tour included a talk about the history of Luther's theses and the church door, a walk down the main street, the market square, town church, the old university and a tour of the Lutherhaus, Luther's home.Generally it was a good tour, our tour guide was knowledgable, but only about...

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  • Schlosskirche

    The most famous door in Wittenberg is of course the door of the Schlosskirche, the castle church. It was on this door that Luther supposedly - it's not 100% certain - put up his 95 theses (Thank you,Robert, for telling me about the correct plural form).He had been unhappy with the state of the Catholic church, especially with the custom of buying...

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  • Cranach-Höfe

    16th century was a very important period for Wittenberg. Apart from the reformation process it was also famous for art. The Cranach family was living there. Both Cranach the Elder and the Younger were well-known artists and created lots of paintings, mostly religious ones but also portraits of many Dukes and Counts.Cranach the Younger was...

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  • Don't forget Luther's wife

    In the garden of the Lutherhaus there is a statue of Katharina von Bora, Luther's wife. She is shown walking, full of energy. From what I know about her, she had lots of energy and she really needed all of it. She took care of her husband's affairs, the rather large family, other monks , her husband's students - they were also living and eating...

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  • Lutherhaus

    Entering the Lutherhaus you can see the Lutherrose up on the ceiling. Martin Luther had chosen this for his crest. It's a cross within a heart. The heart is in a white rose, white for faith and angels.This rose is sitting in the blue sky, which is surrounded by a ring. The ring is the symbol for the joy in heaven, without any beginning and end, but...

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  • Philipp Melanchthon

    On the market square there are two statues, one of Martin Luther , the other of Philipp Melanchthon.Philipp Melanchthon was a child prodigy. At the age of 13 he was studying at Heidelberg university, with 14 he had his Bachelor degree and he was 17 when he had his master's degree. He went to Wittenberg to teach at the university there. Luther and...

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  • Luthereiche

    In 1520 Luther was threatened with excommuniacation. He went outside of the town to the place where the belongings of people dead from the plague were burned. There he put fire to the letter threatening him with excommunication. He also burnt books containing the old church law. It was on this spot that later an oak tree was planted, called the...

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  • Johannes Bugenhagen

    One of the first protestant pastors was Johannes Bugenhagen. I must admit I had never heard of him before my visit in Wittenberg. He was very important for the reformation since he wrote the new liturgy. His statue is standing behind the town church.

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  • Holocaust Memorial

    You can see that the town church is very old when you look up on the outside. There on the roof is a small sculpture which is very insulting to the Jewish faith. Directly underneath is the Holocaust Memorial.The sculpture is from 1304 and its age protected it from removal when the church was renovated. I'm not so sure this is a valid point. There...

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  • Stadtkirche - the Town Church

    The town church is called St Marien, which sounds like a Catholic church, but it isn't. It is in fact a protestant church.It is much smaller than the castle church. This was the church where Luther was preaching. The building is from 13th century. It holds a famous altar, painted by both Cranach the elder and the younger in 16th century.This church...

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  • Luther-Melanchthon-Gymnasium

    Luther-Melanchthon-Gymnasium (Luther-Melanchthon-Grammar School) is located a bit off the main spots in the center. However, it worth a detour to see this beautifully decorated building by Hundertwasser. It is the only school in Germany that was desined by Hundertwasser. I love his work!

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  • Wells in the city

    Every market place has such a well. They were built to supply the surrounding buildings with fresh water. Today the town has pipe lines and they wells aren't used. But they still work.This one was drilled in 1559 and is located on Market Square.

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  • Corpus Christi Chapel

    The town councilor Konrad Wynman founded the chapel in 1368. Funeral service were held here for burials in the cemetery until the 18th century.

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  • Stadtkirche St. Marien (St. Mary's City...

    St. Mary's Church is the oldest building in Wittenberg. The first record comes from the year 1180. The interior is very bright and the huge organ is just magnificent.The church belongs to UNESCO's world heritage list. Once Martin Luther preached in this church. The altar, constructed in 1547 by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) is a remaining of...

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  • Statue of Dr. Martin Luther

    On November 1, 1817, on the 300th anniversary of the Reformation, King Friedrich Wilhelm III. gave the order to build the monument of Luther. The statue of Luther, is holding the Bible. Martin Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546. As a monk he completed his Doctor of Theology in Wittenberg in 1512. His public criticism of the misuse of...

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  • Statue of Philipp Melanchthon

    On the 300th anniversary of Melanchthons death, King Wilhelm I. let built a statue to his honor on April 19, 1860. In his right hand Melanchthons holds the Augsburg Confession.Philipp Melanchthon was born in 1497 and died in 1560. He was a Humanist and a colleague of Martin Luther. In 1530 he was responsible for composing the "Confessio Augustana"...

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  • Town Hall

    The Renaissance Town Hall is situated in the middle of the marketplace. To show the wealth of the town the old wooden town hall was replaced by the current town hall beginning of 16th century. The building was finished in 1535. The mayor works here and resides in the historic mayor's room, which is said to be the most representative room of the...

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  • Ring of Parks

    In 1873 Wittenberg lost its fortifications on Prussians demand. On that empty space a green ring of public parks was planted.

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  • All Saints Church

    The Castle and All Saints Church were built by Frederick the Wise between 1490 and 1511. The church became popular due to Dr. Martin Luther, who nailed his 95 theses, which called for a dispute on the state of the Church, on the chruch's door. And thus began the Reformation.

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Lutherstadt Wittenberg Restaurants

  • A beautiful, old yard

    We had been told about the Brauhaus in Wittenberg, the brewery. It is a hotel, a brewery and a restaurant, situated in a very nice old yard.Since we had discovered the restaurant Alte Canzley we knew we wouldn't want to eat at the Brauhaus, but we went and had a beer in the yard. It's an old yard, and the buildings around it used to be students'...

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  • Coffee and Cakes

    Behind the Lutherhaus there is a nice café in the garden, called the Katharina von Bora Café. They offered some cakes and a large selection of coffee varieties. I had the mint coffee, which was very good. It tasted a bit like strong espresso with an After Eight melted in it. You could also get sandwiches, but no full meals.I forgot how much we...

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  • Excellent organic food

    In Wittenberg we found one of the best restaurants of our entire trip, the Alte Canzley. The building is very old, from 1391, so the name Alte - Old is justified.It's a certified organic restaurant and the food is just wonderful.We had dinner there each day, beef in a black-beer crust, spinache rolls with pasta, orange-ginger soup to name just a...

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Lutherstadt Wittenberg What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 20°C ( 49 - 68°F ); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 49°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 25°C ( 72 - 77°F ); min: 12 - 14°C ( 53 - 58°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 11°C ( 36 – 51°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: 0 - 2°C ( 32 - 36°F )

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Lutherstadt Wittenberg Off The Beaten Path

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    by christine.j Written Aug 30, 2008

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    There's more to Wittenberg than reformation history. The Austrain architect Hundertwasser built a school here in his famous style. The school is easily reconized , very colourful and full of unusual shapes. Hundertwasser's buildings are pieces of art, but designed for living and working in them. We didn't have the exact address, but walked in the direction and once we were close we couldn't miss it. A Hundertwasser building cannot be confused with anything else.
    From the old town Collegienstrasse walk down towards the Luthereiche, turn left into Sternstrasse until there is a bank on the left side. Here turn right and walk until you see the school.

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Lutherstadt Wittenberg Favorites

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    by Leipzig Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The tourist information is located in the opposite of the All Saint Church. Here you can get all information an must-sses in and around Wittenberg in more then ten languages.

    Website of the tourist information

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    • Architecture

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