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Following in Luther's Footsteps - Eisleben, Wittenberg & Eisenach

Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg's Castle Church in 1517, launching the Reformation that changed Germany and Europe. We follow Luther's footsteps in the most important stations of his life.

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Wittenberg is considered the center of the Reformation. This is the home of the Castle Church with Luther's tomb and the portal to which he nailed his theses. Here is the university where he taught. Here are the homes of Luther's companions Philipp Melanchthon and Lucas Cranach. And here is the Luther House, where the reformer lived with his wife and children. Martin Luther was born in Eisleben in 1483 and died there in 1546. His birth house and his death house are pilgrimage sites for visitors from all over the world. Luther first came to Eisenach when he was 15 years old to attend Latin school. 20 years later, his path brought him back to Eisenach. In the Wartburg, he translated the New Testament from Latin into German in just 10 weeks.