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Luther's place

Mansfeld-Lutherstadt
INSIGHTS IN LUTHER'S CHILDHOOD

Insights in Luther's Childhood

Luther's Mansfeld

One of the most important landmarks for anyone who visits Mansfeld (either for its culture or just as a weekend getaway) is the former home of Luther’s parents, Hans and Margarethe Luder. ‘I am a child of Mansfeld’ is an exhibition detailing the family’s daily life, Luther’s experience at school and his childhood in general. The exhibit shows significant archaeological artefacts such as the marbles with which young Luther once played.

Luther’s parents’ house was extensively renovated in 2014 and a modern museum building was added. Archaeological excavations took place during the renovation. Hundreds of the objects found – like a cooking pot and a spigot – can now be viewed as part of the exhibition.

Only the foundations remain of what was once the first school Luther ever attended. Nevertheless, every year on the first Saturday following Easter, his enrolment is reenacted and a feast celebrated at the site. Today, Luther’s Well (Lutherbrunnen) – constructed in 1913 – commemorates the reformer. Another object of interest is a Luther portait (Lutherbild) from 1540, on display at the church of St. George. It depicts Martin Luther in full regalia and is his only full body portrait.

On top of the "Burgberg" near Mansfeld, Mansfeld palace – once the fortress of the Counts of Mansfeld – is open to visitors.

A tip for cultural tourists

The Tourist Information Centres in Eisleben and Mansfeld offer short all-inclusive trips to Martin Luther’s home and have collected exciting holiday arrangements for visitors.

You can find more information online at www.lutherstaedte-eisleben-mansfeld.de.

Tourist information of Luther's Mansfeld

Junghuhnstraße 2
06343 Stadt Mansfeld

Phone: +49 (0)34782 90342
Mail: info@lutherstaedte-eisleben-mansfeld.de

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What you can see in Luther's Mansfeld

exploring Luther's childhood

A Trip TO MANSFELD

It is already a few minutes walk. But they are worthwhile. From Klostermansfeld train station through the town - a detour to the Romanesque monastery church of St. Marien (Kirchstraße) and to Lutherstein is recommended - a narrow road leads west to Schloss Mansfeld (Mansfelder Str.). Left and right fields and orchards. In between, there are overgrown hills, evidence of medieval mining. Soon one recognizes the Schlossberg, where knight George defeated the Lindwurm.

Arriving at Mansfeld Castle, you are enveloped in a touch of former greatness and history. Impressive are the surviving castle area and the marvelous inviting castle building, such as the count's collegiate church. Three castles grew up at the time of the Reformation and prompted Lucas Cranach d. J. to use them as a background for the apostle Paul opening Christianity. With his conversion from Saul to Paul, she became the world religion. In many variations, Mansfeld Castle encounters Christian traditions and the ups and downs of power and splendor. The café "Wächterstube" invites you to linger. It houses a concise but significant exhibition on the history of the castle and castle. A trip to the mine is essential. Then two things come to light: why Mansfeld used to be called the valley of Mansfeld and why the inhabitants advertise their city as the "gateway to the Harz".

From the castle it is only a few minutes to the city. Either take the narrow footpath or walk comfortably the asphalt road (another way leads over the Ernststraße). Arriving at the former Postplatz, you cross the old city wall in your mind when you enter Lutherstraße. She is followed by Martin Luther's parents' house, directly opposite is the new museum. Here you dive into the life worlds of the family Luder and feels at home at the latest, as soon as the "Tischleindeckdich" fills from the empty table over the fast food to the holiday feast.

Now it goes up the Luther Street. You can feel like little Luther. In his footsteps, past the home of his school friend Nikolaus Oemler, you arrive at the school. The school square is to be found in today's city information, right next to the St. Georgskirche. You should pay attention to the sound of the little bell on the way. She beats the hour today. In August 1497, it was consecrated together with the late-Gothic St. George's Church.

Inside, she is able to narrate countless stories of the inhabitants of the city, their yearnings and worries and their former economic prosperity. Here, however, Luther's voice was heard for the first time in a chorus, kneeling here in front of the altars and asking for fulfillment for his earthly-childish wishes. Something new is added sensitively: modern art stands for the current appropriation of the dragon slayer Knight George and the city's great son, Martin Luther. An exhibition in the Grafenloge offers deepening and overall panorama.

Lutherstreet leads us further to the 1913 built Luther well. Quite unlike the many heroic monuments of the 19th century, Luther does not prophesy on the pedestal, but tells of his origins and homeland, considering his deeds and his character as a reformer in the quiet study. "Out into the world," said the 14-year-old, when he left his hometown.

contact information

Touristinformation Mansfeld
Junghuhnstraße 2
06343 Stadt Mansfeld

Phone: +49 (0)34782 90342
Mail: info@lutherstaedte-eisleben-mansfeld.de

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Luther's Mansfeld: Luther's parents' house. Here Martin Luther spent his childhood.Mansfeld Castle in Luther's MansfeldIn the Museum of the Childhood of Martin Luther: Archaeological finds from a garbage pit of Luther's parents: Fragments of stoneware jugs, a yellow glazed bowl and a bowl.
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