Insights in Luther's Childhood
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.
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.
06343 Stadt Mansfeld
Phone: +49 (0)34782 90342
What you can see in Luther's Mansfeld