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Lutherhaus, Wittenberg

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4.6/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
Originally built as an Augustinian monastery, Lutherhaus now serves as the most important Protestant Reformation museum in Germany. Home of Martin Luther for most of his adult life--he moved here in 1508--this was the setting for his theological breakthroughs and conversion from monk to leader, as well as where he wrote his 95 theses. Explore Luther's room, the Grand Hall, and the lecture hall where Luther taught up to 400 students at a time. Also check out the large collection of objects, art, and furniture related to the history of the German Reformation. Plan your Lutherhaus visit and explore what else you can see and do in Wittenberg using our Wittenberg vacation builder.
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  • Back in 1505, this was an Augustinian monastery. Later it became the home of Martin Luther Today it's the largest reformation museum in the world. There are about 1,000 original exhibits which tell th...  read more »
  • Martin Luther's home has been well-taken-care-of and a highlight of the visit is the family's gathering room, which has been preserved from when the Luther family lived there. (Look for Peter the Grea...  read more »
  • We started our day in Wittenberg with a visit here. It is close to the main train station and is a natural starting point for the rest of a day visiting the sites in town. This really is a well done a...  read more »
  • This should be your first stop in town. Exhibits show what a badass Martin Luther was: every time he was challenged, he doubled down. Here you can see the impact of the printing press--Luther and his opponents published a steady flow of books and pamphlets supporting their views; meantime, pages from Luther's vernacular bible were sold and traded, making them accessible to people who couldn't afford a whole bible. Many of his books (including a Koran) are on display. There is also a room preserved much as it was when Luther lived there. The chronological exhibits give an overview of Luther's life (captioned in English as well as German) and his impact. When we visited, the top-floor exhibit explored how governments and leaders through history have tried to claim Luther; most intriguing was how East and West Germany each claimed to be Luther's true heirs. Exhibits are well annotated, with lively description and plenty of context. The museum includes an excavated section of the house: you can visit the cellars where beer was brewed and food prepared. (This excavation is outdoors, and is the only part of the museum that will present accessibility challenges.) Although the museum library isn't open to the public, a selection of historic documents from the collection are on view in a small, temperature-controlled room. These are rotated periodically; when we visited, they included a Giordano Bruno autograph and an etching of the town from Luther's time. One of the best curated, most fascinating museums I've ever visited.
  • Chock-full of information and items - also too full!
  • A really comprehensive collection of items from Martin Luther's life and the Reformation. The building is large and it's easy to spend a couple of hours seeing everything. This is definitely a highlight of a visit to Wittenberg.
  • There are multiple levels to learn about Martin Luher. But caution! Especially on weekends, it can be very closely by many travel groups.
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