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Luther’s Legacy

Experience the Heritage of the Lutheran Faith

Luther 2017The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 celebrated Martin Luther’s remarkable legacy. The sites and cities of Luther Country continue to welcome pilgrims from around the world.

Lutheran Heritage MapWalk in Luther’s humble footsteps across Germany: from the house in Eisleben where he was born, to the cell in the Fortress of Wartburg where he translated the New Testament into German, to the Castle Church in Wittenberg where he nailed his 95 Theses. Experience the rich heritage of your Lutheran faith as you visit the world’s largest Reformation memorial in Worms, or stand in St. Thomas Church where Luther first introduced the Reformation in Leipzig in 1539. While you ponder the significance of the Great Reformer’s life and work, you will also enjoy Germany’s rich culture and its hearty cuisine.

Challenge members of your congregation as together you reflect on the courage and faith of Martin Luther and the other fathers of the Reformation. The potential to enrich your faith through travel is endless! If your choir would like to combine Reformation sites with performance experiences, visit our Martin Luther & Music tours page.

 

Sample 10-Day Itinerary

Statue of Martin Luther, Erfurt Walk with Martin Luther on a pilgrimage across the land he loved. Today’s “Luther-cities” contain numerous historical and religious treasures. As you ponder the significance of the Great Reformer’s life and work, you will also enjoy Germany’s rich culture and its hearty cuisine.

Day 1—Departure

Day 2—Berlin
Wilkommen in Deutschland! Today’s sightseeing includes views of the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate, with a visit to the Museum at Checkpoint Charlie to learn about the history of the Berlin Wall. We’ll also make a visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and enjoy a relaxing cruise of Germany’s dynamic capital.

Day 3—Berlin
After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the Dietrich Bonhoefferhaus, a memorial to the life and work of the young German pastor Bonhoeffer. After perusing the interesting exhibits, we’ll drive along Unter den Linden and on to the Nikolaiviertel to see the Nikolaikirche, the oldest church in Berlin.

Day 4—Wittenberg
On our morning walking tour with a local guide, we’ll visit Luther House, the Stadtkirche, and the Schlosskirche, where Luther famously affixed his 95 Theses to the church door and which is also home to his tomb. Later we’ll visit the Melanchthon House.

Day 5—Eisleben, Leipzig
This morning we’ll travel west to Eisleben to visit Luther’s birthplace, as well as the house in which he died in 1546. Then we’ll continue on to Leipzig and the St. Thomas Church, where Luther’s sermon on Whitsunday in 1539 effectively introduced the Reformation to Leipzig.

Day 6—Erfurt
Today we’re headed southwest to Erfurt, the “Town of Flowers.” Our first stop is at the Augustinian Monastery where Luther once lived and worked. We’ll also visit St. Peter’s Cathedral, see the Kramerbrücke bridge, and have some free time time for exploring or shopping before continuing west to Eisenach.

Day 7—Eisenach
Our sightseeing today will take us first to the impressive Fortress of Wartburg, where we’ll see the Knight’s Hall, the dining room, the Wartburg museum and Luther’s room. Next on our agenda are visits to the Bachhaus—Bach’s birthplace and museum—and St. George Church.

Day 8—Mainz, Worms
On the road again, we’ll visit Mainz to see the Gutenberg-Museum, home to two original editions of the world-famous Gutenberg Bible. We’ll continue on to Worms to see the 19th-century Luther Monument, and then we’ll head for Heidelberg, our home for the last two nights of our tour.

Day 9—Heidelberg
We’ll start today by touring the romantic Heidelberg Castle. Then we’ll walk through the historic city center to visit the University Library and the Holy Ghost Church. The next few hours are yours to finish your souvenir shopping before we reconvene in the evening for a festive farewell dinner.

Day 10—Return
All too soon, it’s time to head home! After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport to check in for our return flights to the U.S.

Planning a Lutheran Heritage Tour

Luther House, Eisenach It all begins with a DIALOGUE between you and one of our Group Tour Specialists. Together we will narrow down the big decisions on the right cities, time frame and length of your trip to fit your goals and budget.

From there, one of our Group Tour Specialists will further the conversation until they present to you a TOUR PROPOSAL document, which includes a planned itinerary, details on trip components and inclusions, and pricing and payment options.

Once we are in agreement on the details, you accept our proposal with a set-up deposit, and we get to work booking components and designing your PROMOTIONAL BROCHURE—a custom-designed, full-color registration packet.

At this point it’s time to advertise and RECRUIT for your tour. We are available to help you with promotional materials or even participation in meetings.

Witte can receive all of the passenger REGISTRATIONS and deposits directly or they can route through your organization. From there, we manage each individual account and any special arrangements desired!

We take care of the details and you prepare your group for TRAVEL. We’ll be in steady communication, adjust to any last-minute realities, and have you on your way before you know it!

LutherCountry Events

Exhibition | Festival / Event | Musical Festival / Event

Ongoing through December 31, 2018
With the Sword or Strong Faith – Luther and the Witches
Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum | Rothenburg ob der Tauber
This fascinating exhibition at the Medieval Crime Museum follows the history of popular belief in witchcraft and the persecution of accused witches. In particular, it focuses on Martin Luther and his perspectives on witchcraft during the Reformation, and also highlights the witch hunts in Franconia and Rothenburg ob der Tauber at that time. Learn more…

May 4 – November 5, 2017
Luther & the Germans
Wartburg Castle | Eisenach
Set in the Wartburg Castle where Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, this seven-part exhibition examines the meaning of “German” in the social context of the Holy Roman Empire at the beginning of the 16th century. Learn more…

May 13 – November 5, 2017
Luther! 95 People – 95 Treasures
Augusteum | Wittenberg
An exhibition in two parts: The first part will examine the history of the Lutheran church and Luther’s impact on the world by introducing 95 people (from Lucas Cranach to Martin Luther King) whose lives were influenced by the Great Reformer. The second part of the exhibition is devoted to the material items that Luther left behind, and will feature 95 treasures that he either owned or used during his life. Learn more…

July 13 – November 12, 2017
Luther, Columbus and the Consequences – Shift in World View in the 16th Century
Germanic National Museum | Nuremberg
During the 16th century, new theological, geographical and scientific discoveries collided, and old belief systems and world views were shattered. This exhibition delves into the events that brought about this period of upheaval: Columbus’s discovery of the New World, Luther’s Reformation, and the revolutionary world views of Copernicus. Learn more…

November 10 – 11, 2017
St. Martin’s Festival
Erfurt
Join people from all over LutherCountry in this celebration of two important “Martins”: Saint Martin of Tours, and Martin Luther.
Learn more…

November 11 – 12, 2017
Luther’s Birthday
Eisleben
Explore a large medieval market and celebrate the birthday of the Great Reformer during this annual festival in Eisleben.Learn more…

Why Witte

Thomas Church in LeipzigSince 1975, Witte Travel & Tours has designed and operated exceptional tours for pastors and their congregations, religious organizations, scholars, historians, and family groups who desire to add a spiritual dimension to their travels. Each Witte Spiritual Journey is a made-to-order combination of religious and touristic activities. Our background knowledge of Reformation destinations as well as personal connections to these people and places will ensure that your pilgrimage is a blessing on every level.

Our services include:

  • Personalized, full-color brochures with registration forms
  • The convenience of online registration
  • All arrangements for flights, land transportation, accommodations, sightseeing and special events
  • Full breakfast daily and other meals according to your specifications
  • Accounting services including individual billing, all major credit cards accepted
  • Arrangements for individuals to extend their stays, visit other destinations, and/or depart from different cities

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