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Luther's place



Bastion of german protestantism


When Martin Luther was thirteen years old, he spent a year living in Magdeburg as a grammar school student. Between 1497 and 1498, Luther attended a school operated by the Brethren of the Common Life ("Brüder vom gemeinsamen Leben"), a religious order which did not require its members to take vows. In 1524, Mayor Nicholas Sturm summoned him to Magdeburg. As a result of the sermon Luther held on 26 June in St. John’s Church, an important segment of the town council fell in line with the Reformation. Only a few days later, Catholic mass was abolished in Magdeburg, whereupon a majority of parishes adopted the new evangelical church services and governing principals. Solely the cathedral chapter – comprised of the collegiate churches St. Sebastian, St. Nicholas and St. Gangulphus – and the monasteries belonging to the Franciscan, Dominican and Premonstratensian orders respectively remained Catholic.

By 1563, even the archbishop himself had adopted Luther’s teachings. Starting in 1567, church services would held in the cathedral according to the evangelical rite. Luther sent Nicholas Amsdorf to become the first superintendent of Magdeburg. Soon, the latter would establish a vocational school in what had previously been an Augustinian monastery. The comprehensive reform of the school system was one of the most urgent tasks of the era. Magdeburg has always been considered the bastion of German Protestantism.

Experience Magdeburg

Magdeburg, the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt, is a rewarding destination for a tour through German history. It’s a city with Romantic and Gothic influences, overflowing with art and culture.

To this day, 26 June continues to be celebrated as the day that Reformation was introduced into Magdeburg. A memorial in front of St. John’s Church, erected by the famed sculptor Emil Hundrieser in 1886, commemorates Luther's legacy in the city. Visitors to Magdeburg Cathedral can still find the cases in which the indulgences ("Ablasskasten") issued during the time of the infamous Dominican monk, Johann Tetzel, used to be stored.

Tourist information Magdeburg

Magdeburg Marketing Kongress und Tourismus GmbH
Breiter Weg 22
39104 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 (0)391 8380402
Fax: +49 (0)391 8380430
Mail: info@magdeburg-tourist.de
Web: www.magdeburg-tourist.de or www.magdeburg.de

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City guide Marianne Kirchner has a lot to say about "her Martinus" as Katharina von Bora, as this short film shows. (German)

What to see in Magdeburg

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Magdeburger Dom (Magdeburg Cathedral) was the first building to be built in the Gothic style in Germany; until the completion of Cologne Cathedral, it was also the biggest sacred building in Germany. Its origins can be traced back to 937, when Emperor Otto I founded a monastery in honour of St. Maurice. In 955, the church was expanded and then elevated to rank of cathedral in 968, when it became the metropolitan seat of the newly formed Arch-Bishopric of Magdeburg. Otto had his cathedral furnished with precious works of Antique art which he had imported from Northern Italy.

After Emperor Otto died in Memleben in 973, his remains were brought to Magdeburg Cathedral and interred. In 1207, the Ottonian cathedral suffered extensive damages during a city-wide blaze. Archbishop Albert II decided that his congregation should have a new cathedral built for it on the site of the former building but in a style more reflective of the time.

Whether traveling to see the city or taking their family on a trip to learn about culture, any visitor to Magdeburg will experience the cathedral as a monumental, astonishingly light, overwhelming space containing unique, original pieces of international renown dating from nearly every point in art history: On display are unique exhibits of international renown, representing almost every imaginable epoch. They include the original sepulchres of Emperor Otto and of his first wife Edith of England, bronze Romanesque gravestones and the famous figurines of the clever and foolish virgins.

opening times

May to September
10.00 - 18.00 daily

April and October
10.00 - 17.00 daily

November to March
10.00 - 16.00

On Sundays and church holidays only from 11.30 clock.

contact information

Evangelische Domgemeinde
Am Dom 1
39104 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 (0)391 5410436
Mail: info@magdeburgerdom.de
Web: www.magdeburgerdom.de

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Tetzelkasten in Cathedral of St. Maurice and St. Catherine


In the cathedral a so-called Tetzel box is obtained. The Dominican monk Johannes Tetzel proclaimed in 1517 on behalf of Cardinal Albrecht the Petersablass to build the papal church in Rome. In these boxes, he collected money from worshippers who were told they could "pay off" their sins in this way. He collected according to the motto "If the money in the box sounds, the soul jumps into the sky". The excesses of business with salvation angered Luther. He was furious and felt called to make his revolutionary criticisms of the Catholic church: He published his 95 Theses to speak out against the selling of indulgences. This was the start of the Protestant Reformation.


Public cathedral tours
November to April every day 14.00
Sunday also 11.30 clock
3,50 Euro per person

Registered cathedral tours for groups of 10 or more
Registration by phone +49 (0) 391 5432414
3,00 Euro per person

Night tours
every 14 days from September to April
Friday at 22.00
4,00 Euro per person

church service

on Sundays and church holidays 10.00


Is Magdeburg's oldest parish church, traces remain not only of Martin Luther but of the family of Otto von Guericke as well. Today, the church is utilised mainly as a conference and events centre.

The history of the church has been chequered. It was originally built in 1131 as a cruciform Romanesque basilica featuring three naves. Various conflagrations have laid waste to the church and so did the invading army of General Tilly in 1631, but each time it was rebuilt. On 16 January 1945, the edifice fell victim to an Allied bomb raid which nearly resulted in its destruction. This time it would take 46 years for St. John’s to be reconstructed. Work began on the initiative of the board of trustees on 16 January 1991 and was completed in 1999.

St. John’s Church also has close links to an event of great historical import: On 26 June 1524, Martin Luther preached in front of a packed house, holding a sermon about true and false justice. When he finished, the parishes based in Magdeburg’s historic city centre converted to Protestantism en masse. The Luther memorial in front of the building commemorates the time he spent in the city.

St. John’s Church has reopened to the public and, in the meantime, gets talked about regularly as an extraordinary event venue. The observation deck allows for a wonderful panoramic view of Otto’s Magdeburg.

opening times

daily 10.00 - 17.00

contact information

Johannisbergstraße 1
39104 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 (0)391 5934443

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View to the Johanniskirche Magdeburg


2,00 Euro per person
reduced 1,00 Euro (pupils, students and groups from 10 persons)


On 24 June 1524, Martin Luther held a sermon in the former monastery church of St. Augustine, today’s Walloon Church. Due to the size of the audience thronged in to hear him, the sermon would be repeated at St. John’s two days later. Within several weeks – on 17 July 1524 to be precise – nearly all of the churches in the city of Magdeburg were converted to Lutheranism and Catholic mass was abolished. Thus imbued with a relevance radiating far beyond its city limits, Magdeburg was turned into a bastion of Protestantism and given the sobriquet "Our Lord’s Chancellory".

In a privilege granted by the Elector of Brandenburg on 25 May 1689, Frederick III, signed over the abandoned Augustinian church in Magdeburg to the parish of reformed Walloons who had previously fled Mannheim. After five years and extensive renovations, the church was brought into service 1694. During the Second World War, the church fell victim to the falling bombs. Reconstruction began in 1967. Today, the church’s southern side aisle is home to the Telemann Bell – a piece originally belonging to the Church of the Holy Spirit – which was cast by the Magdeburg bell-founder Jacob Wentzel.

The Walloon Church, located in Magdeburg’s Altstadt neighbourhood, is a recognised bicycle tour church.

opening times

The Wallonerkirche can be visited in the summer usually during the day.

contact information

Wallonerkirche (Sankt-Augustini-Kirche)
Wallonerberg 7
39104 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 (0)391 5434057
Mail: bureau@ekmd-reformiert.de
Web: www.ekmd-reformiert.de

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Walloon Reformed Church of St. Augustine


Das Any cultural tourist or weekend visitor to Magdeburg will find the Kunstmuseum "Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen" a highlight of the trip – housed in a former monastery, this museum has become the most important centre for contemporary art and sculpture in Saxony-Anhalt. The museum facilities are located on the ground of a Romanesque convent dating back to the eleventh and twelfth-centuries.

This makes the convent one of the oldest surviving buildings in Magdeburg; reason enough for it to be a featured stop on the ‘Romanesque Road’. The museum was opened in 1974. Its collection includes extensive holdings of twentieth-century sculpture and a number of pieces from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the modern era as well. The alternating special exhibitions are also centred on contemporary art. Their subject matter ranges from specific current themes from the world of international contemporary art to retrospectives of particularly trend-setting artists.

opening times

Tuesday to Friday 10.00-17.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00-18.00
closed on Mondays

Holiday regulation 24.12., 25.12., 31.12. closed
Easter Monday, May 1st and Whit Monday 2017: 10:00 to 17:00

contact information

Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen
Regierungsstr. 4-6
39104 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 (0)391 565020
Mail: sekretariat@kunstmuseum-magdeburg.de
Web: www.kunstmuseum-magdeburg.de

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Art Museum and Monastery of Our Lady in Magdeburg


4,00 Euro per person
reduced 2.00 Euro
Children up to 18 years free

School classes and groups of children with accompanying personnel: free
Groups of 12 persons or more: reduced price per person
Public guided tours: 1,00 EUR plus admission
Group tour: 25,00 Euro

Museum of Cultural History

The Kulturhistorische Museum Magdeburg (Magdeburg Museum of Cultural History) has made a name for itself well beyond the borders of Saxony-Anhalt with its major exhibitions on the Middle Ages. It’s a magnet for people who are curious about culture and want to travel to Magdeburg. Designed by Viennese architect Friedrich Ohmann and built to feature elements drawn from the Renaissance and Gothic periods, the building first opened in 1906.

Today, the museum’s mission remains unchanged: It is a home for the history of art and culture and Magdeburg, placing the city into its broader European context. The collection includes paintings from the 15th through the 20th centuries, textiles, priceless Flemish tapestries, furniture from through the ages, ceramic items and a few special collections. One highlight is the Magdeburger Reiter (Rider of Magdeburg) statue, on display in one of the most beautiful places in the city. The oldest freestanding equestrian statues north of the Alps can be seen in the medievalist Kaiser-Otto-Saal in the Kulturhistorische Museum. The Magdeburger Reiter was created around 1240. ‘Magdeburg – The History of the City’ is a permanent exhibition that gives visitors the chance to follow the city through its turbulent, formative transformation from medieval metropolis to state capital of Saxony-Anhalt.

opening times

Tuesday to Friday 10.00-17.00
Saturday to Sunday 10.00-18.00

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve - closed

Changing exhibitions may result in changed opening hours, which can then be found on the website of the relevant exhibition.

contact information

Kulturhistorisches Museum
Otto-von-Guericke Straße 68-73
39104 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 (0)391 5403530
Mail: museen@magdeburg.de
Web: www.khm-magdeburg.de

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Magdeburg, Museum of Cultural History

PERMANENT EXHIBITION: Magdeburg - The history of the city

Opening of Chapters 8 to 12 Wonders of Life - Biodiversity in the Sign of Evolution, in the Natural History Museum


3,00 Euro per person
reduced 2,00 Euro per person

Groups (from 12 pers.): 2,00 Euro per person


Visitors will find it impossible to overlook one the final architectural works of the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, especially considering its prominent place among an ensemble of Baroque facades and modern design. The GREEN CITADEL OF MAGDEBURG was formally inaugurated on 3 October 2005. The eccentric artist and highly imaginative architect continued to work on the design of his Magdeburg project right up until his death in 2000.

The debate about whether or not the Austrian artist’s (1928-2000) building project should be given a green light turned out to be hot and heavy. In part, this had to do with Hundertwasser’s desire to make a contribution to art and culture by creating an ‘oasis for humanity and nature within a sea of rational houses’ right in the centre of Magdeburg.

Built for both commercial and residential use, the GREEN CITADEL OF MAGDEBURG offers the city’s locals and its many visitors individualised residential and leisure spaces. Included are 55 flats and a number of attractive shops, restaurants and cafes – all surrounding the publically accessible court yards – as well as a small hotel featuring 42 rooms.

contact information

Contact person: Juliane Vatterott
Phone: +49 (0)391 59755940
Mobile: +49 (0)151 44888212
Mail: juliane.vatterott@gruene-zitadelle.de
Web: www.gruene-zitadelle.de

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April to October
Monday to Friday 11.00, 15.00, 17.00
Saturday, Sunday every hour from 11.00-17.00

November to March
Monday to Friday 11.00, 15.00
Saturday, Sunday 11.00, 13.00, 17.00

Duration: 1 hour

Costs: 7,00 Euro incl. VAT, 6,00 Euro reduced per person, 3,00 Euro children / pupils from 6 to 14 years

Minimum number of participants: 3 persons

Meeting point: in the INFO Kunstreich in the large courtyard of the GREEN CITADEL OF MAGDEBURG


The Garten der Möllenvoigtei (Garden of the Möllenvoigtei) is very close to the cathedral, somewhat hidden away behind walls. Since the Middle Ages, the garden has probably changed little, so that the visitor can still visit here a piece of original preserved Magdeburg. This also includes the only surviving city gate of the Old Town Magdeburg from the year 1493.

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Archway in the Möllenvogtei
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Sachsen-Anhalt mbH
Am Alten Theater 6
39104 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 391/568 99 80

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