You want to take a tour from Berlin to visit the charming city of Wittenberg with a mother-tongue English guide.
You are interested in learning about the history of Protestantism and want to understand how a simple Augustinian monk provoked one of the greatest religious, political, and social upheavals in Europe.
You want to discover the cradle of the Lutheran Reformation and visit the symbolic places of Martin Luther’s life.
WHAT WE WILL SEE
St. Mary’s Parish Church
Luther’s Ninety-five Theses Doors
Wittenberg City center
Martin Luther’s grave
Come and visit the beautiful city of Wittenberg and discover the story of Martin Luther with ViveBerlin Tours through an English tour that leaves directly from your hotel in Berlin.
Wittenberg, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, is located in the Saxony-Anhalt region just over an hour by train from Berlin and is the city where the Lutheran reformer lived for most of his adult life.
Today beautifully restored, it is where the then unknown Augustinian monk Martin Luther published the famous 95 theses on October 31, 1517, thus beginning the Reformation: a theological debate within the Catholic Church that would lead to one of the largest transformations in modern history.
With our guided tour in English “Wittenberg – the city of Luther” we will discover in detail this unique and exciting story. The meeting and departure point of the tour will be your Hotel in Berlin, where the guide will pick you up, and you will then travel to Wittenberg together with one of the regional trains departing from the German capital. The train journey will last just over an hour, passing through the forests and fields of the Brandenburg region
Once we reach Wittenberg, we will observe all the symbolic buildings of the city starting from the prestigious seat of the Leucorea University, where such important thinkers like Giordano Bruno studied and where Luther was professor of Theology. We will then visit the imposing Schloßkirche, or Castle Church, on whose famous doors the 95 Lutheran theses were nailed, an where the reformist monk is now buried.
We will learn about the Augustinian monastery to which Luther moved in 1511 and which became his personal residence and family home, run by his wife Katharina von Bora. Today the former monastery houses the largest Reformation Museum in the world, and it was right in front of its door that Luther burned the Papal bull Exsurge Domine, thus beginning the anti-Roman revolt that would lead to the schism of the Catholic Church.
During our Tour in Wittenberg we will also discover the lesser known characters, with whom the reformer shared his life and who contributed to the success of the Reformation itself. We will talk about the humanist educator Melanchthon, right in front of his house, a beautiful Renaissance building located in the center of Wittenberg, and we will reflect on how the invention of printing, a powerful information and propaganda tool, has been fundamental for the spread of Lutheran ideas.
We will then discover the works of painters Lucas Cranach the Elder and Lucas Cranach the Younger, visiting one of the masterpieces of the 16th century, the Altar of the Reformation, located right in the center of the Stadtkirche, the church where Martin Luther held thousands of sermons and the first in which his ideas were concretely applied.
Thanks to this tour you will learn about the dynamics of the Protestant Reformation and discover the emblematic figure of Martin Luther, reliving the 16th century atmosphere that led to the formation of the Evangelical and Reformed churches, and visiting all the main attractions of the beautiful town of Wittenberg.
The tour includes a lunch break in one of the many restaurants or craft breweries in the city.
WHERE IS THE MEETING POINT LOCATED?
The guide will pick you up at your hotel or in another place of your choice.
You can extend the duration of the guided tour, personalize the tour or take a longer break in a restaurant that we will recommend based on your gastronomic preferences.
We will be happy to suggest activities for your stay in Berlin, where and what to eat, and which museums or neighborhoods to visit. We are available to advise you as best as possible based on your needs.
Please do not hesitate to write in case of doubts or questions – we are here for you!