The Luther Sites in Central Germany on World Heritage Day

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Since 2005, the UNESCO World Heritage Day has spotlighted the cultural heritage of humanity throughout Germany on the first weekend in June. In 2017, the World Heritage Day falls on 4 June. The “Luther Sites in Central Germany” invite you to experience on this date the world heritage in the era of the Reformation.

Lutherstadt Eisleben

Luther’s Birthplace / Death House

10.00–11.30 a.m.: Architectural history and commemoration of Luther: guided tour of the two World Heritage sites, namely Birthplace / Death House (Daniel Leis)

St. Anne’s

11.30 a.m.–4 p.m.: Public guided tours of the church and the Rinckart hall in the monastery with the “Women of the Reformation” panel painting

St. Andrew’s

10 a.m.: Festive church service with confirmation. Afterwards, the church will be open until 4 p.m.

St. Peter and Paul

The church will be open from 11.30 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Luther House / Augusteum

National Special Exhibition: “Luther! 95 Treasures – 95 People”
13 May – 5 November 2017

With 95 treasures, the exhibition follows the path of the young monk Luther to the Reformation. Who was this man who risked death by publishing the theses denouncing the sale of indulgences? And what did he trigger by nailing up these theses? 95 people – from Martin Luther King to Astrid Lindgren – show that Luther has inspired, moved and provoked people for 500 years.

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Castle Church / Castle / St. Mary’s Church / Bugenhagen House

8–10 p.m.: “Wittenberg Organ Night – Walking Concert between Town Church and Castle Church”
Organ: Heike Mross-Lamberti, Ulrich Lamberti, Sarah Herzer
Bernhard Naumann as Luther

Beginning in the Castle Church followed by walk to Town Church; after the concert, snack with table address at Bugenhagen House
Admission: 12 / 8 € (incl. snack, extra charge for beverages)

Ticket sales via Town Church, tel. +49 3491-404415

Cranach's Houses

2 p.m.: Public guided tour of both houses. The exhibition introduces you to Cranach family history, the close connection with Martin Luther and individual sections of the work of the Cranach workshop. A visit to the Cranach complex at Schloßstr. 1 reveals further areas in which the Cranachs worked – the school of painting, the Cranach hostel, the pharmacy, the farm and the historic printing shop, which still demonstrates manual typesetting for book-printing as in Luther’s day.


Luther's Parental Home

11 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.: Guided tour of Luther’s parental home – Following in the Archaeological Footsteps of the Reformation (Mirko Gutjahr)


Hartenfels Castle

3.30 p.m. and 4.15 p.m.: Guided tour “Searching for Outstanding Universal Value at Hartenfels Castle”, followed by:

5.00 p.m.: Musical evensong in the castle chapel


“Torgau. Home of Renaissance and Reformation”
Exhibition by the Dresden State Art Collections
19 May – 31 October 2017
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, closed on Mondays

The exhibition entitled “Torgau. Home of Renaissance and Reformation” has been designed by the Armory and brings together the themes of the special exhibitions held since 2012, displaying numerous unique items. The themes of “The WORD in images. Biblical pictures on ceremonial weapons”, “The Saxon bodyguards” and “Royal weddings in Torgau” are supplemented by the prestigious representation of the Saxon Electors and their court at the beginning of the 17th century until the era of the Thirty Years’ War. A magnificent royal garment made of Italian gold brocade, costly rapiers, richly decorated firearms and also an impressive drinking game in the form of a cannon illustrate the dazzling reign of Elector John George I of Saxony (1585/1611–1656).

The exhibition also focuses on Torgau as a centre of gold-working and shows the enchanting “Torgau Pharmacy” from the Grüne Gewölbe Museum, an Indian mother-of-pearl casket as mounted and decorated by a Torgau goldsmith. This superb selection of treasures from the Dresden State Art Collections brings the glory of the Electoral court to life at Hartenfels Castle in Torgau, a building significant itself in the history of architecture and the Reformation.

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Veste Coburg Fortress

12 noon – 4 p.m. UNESCO World Heritage Day with Luther Oratorio

Visitors to the fortress, both young and old, will enjoy hands-on activities and infos taking the motto of “The World Heritage connects”. Opposite the Stone Chambers, where Martin Luther lived and worked for six months in 1530, the “SMS-Chor Ludwigsstadt” will present the “Luther Oratorio” by Siegfried Fietz, beginning at 2 p.m. In the fortress courtyard, 50 singers from Franconia and Thuringia will provide, with texts and songs, an insight into Martin Luther’s life as a monk. The creator of the Oratorio, Siegfried Fietz, is a singer-songwriter, producer and composer. He is seen as a pioneer of modern Christian music in the German-speaking world. The project choir under the musical direction of deanery choirmaster Sigurd Knopp is travelling all around Upper Franconia to present the “Luther Oratorio” in 2017.

In the second fortress courtyard, visitors can enjoy Coburg bratwurst, beer from the Scharpf brewery in Heilgersdorf and coffee and cakes made by the Ladies’ Circle. Admission to the fortress courtyards is free.


“Knights, Peasants, Lutherans”
2017 Bavarian State Exhibition in Coburg
9 May to 5 November 2017

500 years ago, the world was going through a period of great change. Centuries-old certainties were being questioned. This period is brought to life at the 2017 Bavarian State Exhibition in Coburg. Costly and unusual authentic items from numerous European collections and vivid multimedia presentations shed light on social, economic, political and art traditions and changes from the late 15th century to the second half of the 16th century. The exhibition traces developments through to the so-called “German Peasants’ War”. Visitors can approach the spirit of the “Luther phenomenon” in the “Luther Rooms”. This is where the Reformer lived in 1530, wrote a large number of letters and scripts and exercised a great influence on the creation of the “Augsburg Confession”.

Together with the art collections in the Veste Coburg Fortress, the project includes the outside areas of the fortress, the path rich in viewing points and sight lines running through the court gardens to the town and the Lutheran Protestant church of St. Moriz, where a supporting exhibition can be seen.

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Augustinian monastery

9.30 a.m.: Themed church service “World Heritage Luther Memorials”