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Martin Luther

Welcome to LutherCountry and 500 years of the Reformation!

Martin Luther, one of the world’s most influential religious reformers, spent much of his life studying, working and evolving in Thuringia. He first came to Thuringia for schooling in Eisenach. Thuringia's capital, Erfurt, became the intellectual home of the young Martin Luther. He registered as a student at Erfurt University more than 500 years ago and gained a Master's Degree in the Faculty of Arts in 1505. His home during this time, the Augustinian Monastery, is both Luther memorial and unique conference venue today.

After being banned by the Pope, Luther was taken to Wartburg Castle for refuge and here he began and fulfilled his greatest cultural achievement – the translation of the New Testament from Greek into German.

Luther Decade - 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017

2017 will see the 500th anniversary of the day of the Reformation. And although it was in Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt that Martin Luther nailed his famous theses to a church door, Thuringia nevertheless played a major role in his life. It is here that he became a monk, here that he translated the Bible into German and here that the Schmalkald Articles were written, the most important foundation of Protestant-Luther belief.

Erfurt, Eisenach and Schmalkalden, the three major towns associated with Luther in Thuringia, are planning numerous events in the coming years at the Luther Decade. Whether exhibitions, concerts, art concepts, lectures, conferences, cantata services or even pilgrimages – there is something for every taste in the events calendar until 2017. Together with numerous walks, lectures and art concepts, Schmalkalden is also planning the opening of a new exhibition, which is scheduled to open in 2012. It will be concerned with the pre-Reformatory movement in Europe and the world-wide significance of the Schmalkald Articles.

For many years now, Thuringia has successfully cultivated its Lutheran heritage by organising an extensive programme of events every year. So, for everyone interested in learning about Luther and his work, this is the perfect time to come to Thuringia.

On the tracks of Luther and the Reformation in Thuringia