Wittenberg

Wittenberg is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The official name is Lutherstadt Wittenberg for its close connection of the town with Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation. It was here that in 1517, according to the legend, Martin Luther posted his famous 95 Theses on the portal of the Schlosskirche. While historians doubt this particular part of the tale, it is certain that Luther disseminated his Theses from Wittenberg. In 2017 the town celebrated the 500th anniversary of the event. Luther Memorials in Wittenberg are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other historical people with a close connection to Wittenberg are Luther’s fellow reformer, Philipp Melanchthon, and the painter Lucas Cranach der Ältere.

Market square
The Lutherhaus, home of Martin Luther

Wittenberg should not be confused with the much smaller town of Wittenberge in northwestern Brandenburg.

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No matter which transport you use, the two closest hubs are Berlin and Leipzig/Halle. If you aren’t in the vicinity yet, you will likely pass through one of them.

The A9/E51 motorway passes west of Wittenberg. Use one of the exits Klein Marzehns, Köselitz, or Coswig (Anhalt). The town lies at the crossing of the main roads B2 and B187.

Hourly ICE trains on the LeipzigBerlin line stop in Wittenberg in both directions. The ride takes 40 minutes from Leipzig Hbf or 45 from Berlin Hbf. As a slower but cheaper option you can also use RE trains, which also run about hourly. The ride takes 1 hr 15 min from Berlin, 1 hr 5 min from Leipzig, or 1 hour from Halle.

Berlin Tegel (TXL IATA), Berlin Schönefeld (SXF IATA) and Leipzig/Halle (LEJ IATA) are the closest airports. Of these three, Berlin Tegel offers the widest range of international options.

Vetter Bus operates five bus lines in Wittenberg.

Most of the Altstadt (Old City) is pedestrian only. All the major historical sites are within easy walking distance.

The Luther Home
  • 51.8647212.650831 [dead link]Melanchthon House, Collegienstraße 60. Apr-Oct: daily 09:00-18:00; Nov-Mar: Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Renaissance building where Phillip Melanchton lived and worked. Admission €4.  
  • Cranach Houses and Courtyards, Markt 4 and Schlossstraße 1. The painter Lucas Cranach the elder lived here, and ran a print shop. Adult €5, reduced €4.  
  • Corpus Christi Chapel (next to the town Church). Tiny chapel built in 1368, rebuilt in 1456.  
Wittenberg town hall at market square
  • Museum für Stadtgeschichte, Schlossplatz 1d, +49 3491-43349-20. Tu–Su 09:00-17:00. Historical museum of the town. 
  • 51.866312.64151 Haus der Geschichte, Schlossstraße 6. M–F 10:00-18:00; Sa Su and holidays 11:00-18:00. This museum documents the life as it was during the socialist years after WW II until the 1980s.  
  • Piesteritzer Werkssiedlung, Karl-Liebknecht-Platz 20. A working class housing project of 1916, restored to its original state in 2000. The biggest car-free neighbourhood in Germany.  
  • 51.866712.64351 Rathaus, Markt. Tu–Su 10:00-17:00. City hall built in 1535, rebuilt almost completely in 1926-28. Changing exhibitions. Memorials with statues of Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon in the town square.  
Castle Church
View from Schlosskirche tower
  • 51.86612.6381 Schlosskirche (Castle Church), Schlossplatz. Where Luther allegedly posted his 95 Theses. Martin Luther and his fellow reformer, Philipp Melanchthon are buried inside. Admission free, €3 for a guided tour, €2 for the tower.  
  • 51.86472212.6502781 University Leucorea, Collegienstraße 62. Historic university, opened in 1502, closed in 1817. Today used as a congress center for scientists.  
  • 51.866512.64481 Stadtkirche St. Marien (Town Church), Jüdenstraße 36. The oldest building in the town, with an altar painted by Lucas Cranach.  
Stadtkirche (Citychurch)
  • 51.876212.65751 Hundertwasserschule, Schillerstraße 22 a. An old school building converted to Hundertwasser’s colourful style in 1999.  
  • Archeological Exhibition, Alte Canzley, Schlossplatz 3. Tu–Su 08:00-18:00. 

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