Luther and the Reformation

Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, where Luther translated the New Testament into German, and the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt, where he lived as a monk for five years, are among the most famous Reformation sites in Thuringia, but they are by no means the only ones. Schmalkalden and Weimar, for example, are also closely linked with the history of Luther. The Routes to Luther association and the Luther Trail offer the opportunity to learn more about the work of the great reformer and theologian. The Routes to Luther network includes Mühlhausen, Gotha, Arnstadt, Saalfeld, Rudolstadt, Apolda, Jena, Gera and Altenburg.

The Reformation fundamentally changed the way the church operated and its consequences can still be felt today. It indirectly led to the founding of Jena University, which brought prosperity and academic recognition to the city. The Luther Church in Apolda is the largest neo-Gothic brick church in central Germany.

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