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Castle Church, Wittenberg

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Made famous by a visit from Martin Luther--and now his tomb--the spartan Castle Church has a simple floor plan and beautiful stained glass windows. Centuries ago, Luther visited this church and nailed his writing, 95 Theses, to the door. The commentary, which spoke against the corrupt Catholic Church, was quite sensational in its day and had a hand in starting the German Reformation. Now you can visit the Luther's tomb and admire the bronze plaque that marks it. To visit Castle Church on your trip to Wittenberg, use our Wittenberg trip planner.
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  • It is difficult to really rate Schlosskirche or Castle Church as an “attraction." How can you think of a singular historical location with immeasurable significance as an “attraction”? If you are...  more »
  • If you have read any reviews of this landmark you know its' significance and I have little to add EXCEPT: The door where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses is not the entrance to the church today...  more »
  • First and foremost -- this is the church where Martin Luther hung his 95 theses on the door -- the act that signaled the start of the Protestant Reformation. However, although beautiful now, this is....  more »
  • Beautiful church in a cute little town. This is the church that is supposedly where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on a church door. FYI the original church door was burned down during the Sevens’ Year War, but later the Prussian emperor commissioned building a new door in honor of Martin Luther. Historical information is listed on little stands throughout the town.
  • Visiting this place is definitely a must! Located at the end of the main street of the historical area of Wittenberg, this place is of extreme value not only because at one of his doors Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis, but also because his grave is inside the temple, at the back, under the organ pipes. The entrance is free. Take your time to admire every single detail of this treasure building in terms of architecture. Highly recommend. Ask for a guided tour, it will broaden your experience! Also, you can go up in the tower for 3 €, where you will have great views of the city.
  • Absolutely fascinating. Excellent museum to be found attached to the church, with some of the best audio visual demonstrations I have seen, by that I mean they are easy to use and in several different languages and capable of being tailored to suit the user (eg magnified if you don't have your glasses :-) ). The Tower is well worth the climb with magnificent views over the city and surrounding countryside. Martin Luther's grave is in this church and this is the church he nailed his famous theses to.
  • This is probably the most important historical site for Protestant /non Roman catholic Christians. I was pretty surprised that it wasn't busy at all as we went in the middle of the European/German school holidays. It was free to visit and there was a lady doing tours in German whilst we were there. I really appreciated that they also paid homage to the other protestant reformers from around Europe, such as John Knox from Scotland and there was a Stained glass window with these people depicted on it. I would highly recommend a visit. If you are arriving by train from Berlin or one of Germany's other big cities, then please be aware that the church is at the other end of the town. We walked there.
  • It was a little confusing on where the entrance was, but I am glad we found it! Amazing church to sit in and look around. We also went to the top of the tower. It was almost 300 steps but not too bad. There are a few levels you can stop and rest on.

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