Thomas Müntzer's domain
The small town of Allstedt is in southern Saxony-Anhalt. An imposing palace complex towers over it, beckoning visitors from afar. It was here, in the fortress and castle of Allstedt, that theologian and Reformer Thomas Müntzer carried out his work.
The years 1523 and 1524 saw the Reformer Thomas Müntzer serve as pastor at St. John’s parish church in the city of Allstedt, near the Thuringian border. Müntzer headed the ‘Allstedt League’ (Allstedter Bund), an organisation comprised of hundreds of armed peasants, miners and artisans. Thomas Müntzer introduced the German-language liturgy to Allstedt before Luther and permitted women to sing in the church choir. Allstedt Palace is where he delivered his so-called Sermon to the Princes (‘Fürstenpredigt’) to Duke John and to the Elector Frederick, a courageous speech critical of the authorities. Thomas Müntzer was subsequently forced to leave Allstedt in August 1524.
Today, both the castle and the palace at Allstedt are home to a variety of museums. Among the sights on display are a Thomas Müntzer exhibition, a late Gothic kitchen featuring a giant chimney and banquet hall ("Hofstube"), an exhibition about Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s visits to the city between 1776 and 1782 as well as a the Carl Horn collection of iron castings from the Mägdesprung iron works. Both the castle and the palace play host to numerous cultural events in addition to providing a perfect setting for visitors to enjoy a medieval-style round table.
Guided experience tour, "Müntzer and Music: Experiencing the Reformation’s Ingenuity". Features an organ concert, a sermon written by Müntzer and a tour of the "1523 – Thomas Müntzer. A Servant of God" exhibit. You must register in advance for the museum’s special offer listed here. For more information call +49 (0)34652 519 or write a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.