Well, we might as well start right off with calling what the Germans call it: Deutschland. Here, you may re-connect with your own heritage, or connect for the first time with the joys, adventures, history and romanticism of one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. Have fun, relax, explore, and revive in this storied location. And, speaking of stories, you’ll return home with enough to entertain and amuse your friends and family for years to come.
Deutschland is varied. From vibrant cities with amazing architecture and fabulous shopping, to enchanting medieval villages and picturesque countryside perfect for walking, cycling or simply relaxing, there is something for everyone. You’ll see castles, palaces and abbeys that epitomize German style and culture. This is a land of a thousand possibilities.
And, of course, you will be in the Land of Martin Luther. There is, of course, no better place on earth to learn about the Great Reformer and the drama and impact of the Reformation. You will discover that learning and serving has never been so thrilling and memorable as when you are in the very location where these momentous events took place and where these influential figures in human history actually lived. You will pray in the church where Luther prayed in Wittenberg and hear the very bells that rang in 1483 at Martin’s baptism as you visit his birthplace at Eisleben. And so much more….
This is a trip and experience you do not want to miss!
Tower of the Castle Church, where Luther nailed his 95 theses. Wittenberg is the center of the Reformation.
Welcome to the town where Martin Luther taught as a university professor — and which became the dwelling place of progressive ideas and a new understanding of the gospel. The Schlosskirche with the door where the 95 theses were posted, and the graves of Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon, is the site of our morning or evening prayers during the week.
Meditate on the altar painting in Stadtkirche, another location for morning or evening prayers. Walk to the World’s first parsonage. And hear why even pharmacists can be important for the life of the church.
Founded in 742, Erfurt was a very wealthy medieval town, and it shows. Martin Luther was a student at the university (founded in 1392) before he became a monk in the Augustinian Monastery here in 1505. In 1511 the Augustinians sent him to become a teacher in Wittenberg, but Erfurt always remained as his spiritual home.
Today the old center “Altstadt” is restored and invites travellers for a walk between old churches, welcoming cafés, and unique stores. Most of the attractions are within walking distance of each other in the Altstadt, namely St. Mary’s Cathedral (with the world’s biggest church bell!) and St. Severus at the huge market place.
The Wartburg, a superb medieval castle above the town of Eisenach, has played an important role in many aspects of German history. Most importantly, Martin Luther was hidden here 1521 to 1522 after being put under papal ban. During this time he translated the New Testament into German. It’s since then that ordinary folks can read God’s word in their own language and by themselves! The Bachhaus commemorates composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in Eisenach.
Eisleben is the town where Luther was born, baptized and died. You can tour his birth house and walk the path from there to the church where he was baptized in 1483. This is the same route the baby Martin and his parents would have traveled. The original baptismal font in which Martin Luther was baptised can still be seen in St Peter and Paul Church.
You can also visit the church and see the pulpit where Luther gave his last sermons at St Andrews Church.