WITTENBERG

Considering that the official German name of this small city – an hour’s train ride from Berlin and nestled in beautiful countryside – is Lutherstadt Wittenberg, no surprises about the main topic of our walking tour! We can begin this tour in Berlin, or I can meet you (or leave you) at your accommodation in Wittenberg, should you be spending an overnight stay there. This excursion could also be coupled with a tour of nearby Leipzig.

On this walk, we will explore the history of theologian Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. We will see where Luther burned the Papal Bull which demanded his excommunication. We will visit the Lutherhaus, and explore the history of Martin’s wife Katharina von Bora, before going on to the Schlosskirche where (legend has it) the disgruntled monk nailed his 95 Theses to the church door. We will also visit the home of Luther’s great friend, the polyglot Thomas Melanchthon, who assisted his Biblical translations from Hebrew and Greek. Although Luther has been depicted in many different lights, perhaps the most iconic portrait of the Reformer is that by his contemporary Lucas Cranach, whose home and studio we can also visit on this tour.

I would be delighted to explore Wittenberg and its complex history with you!