Travel Series: Wittenberg and Eisleben

We picked up a hire car in Berlin and began our tour of Germany. Driving on the right (wrong!) side of the road took a lit­tle bit of get­ting used to, although prob­a­bly more for me in the pas­sen­ger seat than for Chris in the dri­vers side!

Our first stop was Wittenberg, this is where Luther lived for most of his adult life, and is famous­ly the town in which he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church. We enjoyed vis­it­ing the muse­um in his house and vis­it­ing the church­es that he preached at. The town was beau­ti­ful and had a real­ly relaxed ‘sum­mer day’ feel to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think my favourite quote from the house was this:

I keep think­ing what good wine and beer I have at home, as well as a beau­ti­ful wife, or should I say boss?” -Martin Luther c1534

We went from Wittenberg onto Eisleben which is the town in which Luther was born. The house he was born in has been destroyed by fire in the 1600s but in the 1800s was bought by the city coun­cil and made into a school for the poor in hon­our of Luther. It is now a muse­um, and par­tic­u­lar­ly gives a good insight into the min­ing ori­gins of Luther’s fam­i­ly. Luther also died in Eisleben, how­ev­er the house that he died in which is usu­al­ly a muse­um was sad­ly closed for ren­o­va­tions over the sum­mer. I sup­pose we need to leave some­thing to see for next time!

Seeing these muse­ums in per­son gave us a much rich­er under­stand­ing of the life and times of Martin Luther, only to be enriched fur­ther over the next few days.

 

 

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