Where to stay? Old Latin School provides comfortable accommodation in the middle of town. There are single and double rooms, but also an apartment – if you need a bit more space and privacy to work or just relax and enjoy. Divine services are every Sunday at 8h30 and Saturdays every fortnight at 16h00. For more information on bookings and visits contact per email or telephone +49 3491 420 290
What to do? Lutherstadt Wittenberg is a great venue for working, relaxing or just doing fun stuff – like visiting, sightseeing and spending holidays. We at the Old Latin School have great facilities for workshops, team-building and retreats for groups of up to 25 participants, but we also offer various packages like our favourite: “10 days with Luther in Wittenberg – and more!”
What is it about? We invite you to enrol in a 10 day stay in the Old Latin School – with devotions, lectures, seminars, work and discussion groups, films, fun-and-games, excursions, hikes, walks and field trips. You get to know Luther´s world, theology and life firsthand and right there, where he spent most of his life – getting to know other Lutherans from across the globe, learning from theological experts, hearing about Lutheranism worldwide and the ongoing story of confessional Lutherans associated with the International Lutheran Council (ILC) and at home in the Old Latin School. The International Lutheran Center housed in the Old Latin School is a joint project of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Germany’s Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church: Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche, and the International Lutheran Council (ILC).
You can support mission outreach in Wittenberg through the International Lutheran Council through online giving. Just select “Wittenberg Outreach.” You can also donate by mail: International Lutheran Council, PO Box 18775, St. Louis, MO 63118 or directly into the account of the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg at IBAN DE05 8607 0024 0822 2135 00 and BIC (SWIFT) DEUTDEDBLEG
There are 4 World Heritage Sites right here in the old town of Wittenberg – and you should visit them all. They are all four very well worth it – and all just a few minutes apart walking. To see more such sites, you can stay on and visit around in the vicinity: Wörlitz, Dessau… Wartburg etc.
The central city church is called St. Mary´s. This is where Bugenhagen was Pastor and Luther preached regularly. It´s were the controversy on indulgences started in the confessional and got the Reformation going. They´ve got daily prayers at noon – but otherwise they are open from 10h00.
Dr. Martin Luther´s House: The old Augustinian monastry, where Luther stayed and lived with his wife Katie on the eastern far side of town. There is a lot to see, browse and suck-up: – You should make time to enjoy this at good leisure.
Melanchthon´s House: It´s the most authentic, but you can get away with the least time input. If you are pressed for time, this would be the first one to drop – even though I really like the garden, the various rooms and nice bookshop.
Castle Church: That´s the old university, where Luther published the 95 theses and where he is buried. It is very well renovated and well worth a visit too.
If you have more time, I suggest the following as add-ons:
If you stay overnight and have some time to go for some hikes, I suggest the following walks or Bicycle rides:
- Walk around the old Wittenberg (Altstadt) town wall: Takes about 45-60 minutes walking briskly.
- Walk to and along the river Elbe on the Elbradwanderweg. The bicycle path is excellent and takes you all along the Elbe from Hamburg to Czechia – and across all of Germany. Cycle your heart out!
- Walk into the newer parts of Wittenberg: Hundertwasser Schule, Villas, Russian block etc.
Other sites and destinations for day-trips from Wittenberg: Google Maps is fairly reliable and gives good orientation.
- Luther-Brunnen on the road to Jessen.
- Luther-Stein on the way to Leipzig.
- Wörlitz Gardens.
- Vineyards in Jessen.
- Kemberg (P.Conradi)
- Jüterbog (Tetzel)
- Treuenbrietzen (Martin Chemnitz)
- Gräfenhainichen (Paul Gerhard)
- Leipzig, Halle, Berlin, Dresden are easily accessible by train.
- More Luther sites: Eisleben, Eisenach, Wartburg, Erfurt…
You see, you could easily spend a week or two here – and not get around to see all there is to see. I do recommend a guided tour if you want to really learn something. They know their job and are fluent in English too.
We are grateful for your support and we need it. You can support mission outreach in Wittenberg through the International Lutheran Council through online giving. Just select “Wittenberg Outreach.”
You can also donate by mail: International Lutheran Council, PO Box 18775, St. Louis, MO 63118 or directly into the account of the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg at IBAN DE05 8607 0024 0822 2135 00 and BIC (SWIFT) DEUTDEDBLEG