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The Luther way

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The Luther way

The Luther Way connects Luther’s cities Wittenberg and Eisleben. The trail stretches over 460 kilometers and takes hikers and pilgrims to over 20 sites in connection to Martin Luther and the reformation. Small village churches invite the guests to pause for a moment and enjoy the silence. The Luther Way runs through a region which is just as attractive scenically as it is culturally. It leads along the Romanesque Road, giving travellers a taste of all the romantic parks and gardens, rivers, and lakes which Saxony-Anhalt has to offer. The routes incorporates not only the ‘Luther cities’ Wittenberg, Eisleben and Mansfeld but towns like Bernburg, Wetting and Wörlitz as well. Giant ‘L’ signs lead the way in honour of the man after whom the path is named. The Luther Way also offers travellers convenient connections to other famous German and European hiking trails, the Way of St. James being a prime example.


The website www.pilgern-im-lutherland.de provides an overview of current offers for spiritual travel in Saxony-Anhalt. The focus is on the pilgrims - and especially the Luther way in things-Anhalt. Traveling around Luther and the Reformation fascinates tourists from all over the world. The growing number of pilgrims as well as the spiritual tourists in Central Germany will be described in detail on the portal important routes and paths, as well as current event tips but also prayers, songs and biblical and meditative texts.

For the first time, various pilgrimage routes - from the new Luther Trail to the ecumenical pilgrimage route in central Germany - will be presented together and presented in a clear and informative manner with proven routes such as the "Romanesque Road" or prominent spiritual sites. Maps, background information and practical travel tips complete the offer of the "virtual pilgrim's office". If there are any questions left, you can also contact the real office of the tourism association with its expert support.

There is much to discover along the Luther Trail. Here you will find an overview of all dates www.lutherweg.de/termine as well as all news about the Lutherweg www.lutherweg.de/nachrichten.

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Deutsche Lutherweg-Gesellschaft e.V.
Geschäftsstelle: Collegienstraße 62
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Phone: +49 (0)3491 466110
Mail: info@lutherweg-gesellschaft.de

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The world famous Way of St. James leads to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. There are a number of starting points however, none more attractive than the route along the borders of Brandenburg and Thuringia which extends some 370 kilometres through Saxony-Anhalt.

Lined with churches, monasteries, cathedrals and chapels, the route gives visitors a strong impression of what early German history must have been like. The Anhaltian segment of the route leads from the Altmark through the fertile Börde region then passes into the hill country around Mansfeld and north-east through the Vorharz district before entering into the wine-growing region of Saale-Unstrut.

Pilgrims pass by Luther’s Eisleben as well as by the ancient imperial city of Quedlinburg. Both the treasury of Halberstadt’s cathedral – featuring a trove of textiles – and the windows of the cathedral in Stendal are destinations well worth seeing. The Saxony-Anhalt segment of the Way of St. James passes through the places where many men and women who would later be sainted lived during the medieval period, among them Gertrud of Helfta, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Bruno of Querfurt. The pilgrimage route is signposted using a stylised scallop shell – known as the shell of St. James –, the official European symbol marking the Way of St. James.

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Break in the vines of the Ducal Vineyard


Saxony-Anhalt is home to an incomparable variety of castles and palaces, churches and monasteries, and garden and park complexes. Stretching some 1,200 kilometres, the "Romanesque Road" connects 80 of these extraordinary historical monuments in 65 different locations. It is easily one of the most popular routes for tourists interested in culture that Germany has to offer.

The route – shaped in the form of a figure eight – leads visitors through the heartland of German history and features some of the most impressive remnants from the tenth through thirteenth-centuries that exist anywhere. They include landmarks such as the castle and palace at Allstedt or the cathedral at Naumburg with its western choir gallery containing the one-of-a-kind figures of its founders, the famous Uta von Naumburg among them. One of the most significant castle complexes in Saxony-Anhalt is Upper Giebichenstein castle in Halle. Since the times of the German Romantics have people been going into raptures about the castle which today serves as an open-air museum. The cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, which currently forms part of the Castle Moritzburg complex, contains one of the oldest early Romanesque crypts in all of Central Germany. The cathedral’s most prominent piece of décor is however, without a doubt, a thirteenth-century baptismal font.

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Monastery Jerichow in the Altmark


The commanding castle and the associated terraced gardens located high above Stolberg, a health resort nestled in the Harz range, form a landscape which is like a dream. In fact, it is the twenty-first of Saxony-Anhalt’s forty-three "Garden Dreams"! Whether it is the eccentric Rotehorn municipal park, the Reichardt Garden in Halle (Saale) or the elaborate labyrinth at the famed Mosigkau palace in Dessau-Roßlau, Saxony-Anhalt’s parks are in bloom.

In order to ensure that this historic legacy is kept vibrant, the most beautiful and most significant garden complexes have been aggregated into a network called "Garden Dreams – The Historical Parks of Saxony-Anhalt". The network features the art of garden design in all of its variety. It includes medieval monastery complexes, landscape parks, parks from the baroque era and contemporary parks as well. A visit to Garden Dreams is like an excursion into history. The network actively supports cultural heritage preservation and promotes the development of its member-sites for tourism. As a result, visitors have been given the chance to rediscover endless scenic paths and even to find their way into beatiful manor houses and country castles. Festivals, concerts and guided tours – all set under a lucious canopy of green – offer delightful and even transcendental experiences. The "Garden Dreamers" have the recipe for a perfect excursion, brief jaunt or weekend trip that’s simply a balm for your soul – a lovely mix of art, literature, music and, of course, nature. Simply dreamy!

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Castle and palace garden Mosigkau


The nature park – located just outside of Luther’s Wittenberg and nestled between the floodplains of the rivers Elbe and Mulde – stretches over an area of some 185,000 acres. Visitors to the rolling heathland of the ‘Dübener Heide’ will find a landscape characterised by the glacial activity of an ice age long gone. They will also find the largest mixed forest ecosystem in all of Germany. The heath – with its fluvial topography and its impressive seascapes – is home to cranes, sea eagles, beavers and countless other animal species. Some 350 types of butterflies and over 160 distinct species of birds can also be spotted. Other attractions popular among visitors are the high ropes course and the Reinharz water castle.

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Hiking in the Dübener Heide
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