Wittenberg

Market square
The Lutherhaus, home of Martin Luther

Wittenberg, not to be confused with Wittenberge, is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The official name is Lutherstadt Wittenberg for its close connection of the town with Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation. It was here that in 1517, according to the legend, Martin Luther posted his famous 95 Theses onto the portal of the Schlosskirche. While historians doubt this particular part of the tale, it is certain that Luther disseminated his Theses from Wittenberg. In 2017 the town will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the event. Luther Memorials in Wittenberg are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Further historical persons with a close connection to Wittenberg are Luther's fellow reformer, Philipp Melanchthon, and the painter Lucas Cranach der Ältere.

Get in

No matter which transport you use, the two closest hubs are Berlin and Leipzig/Halle. If you aren't in the vicinity yet, you will likely pass through one of them.

By car

The A9/E51 motorway passes west of Wittenberg. Use one of the exits Klein Marzehns, Köselitz or Coswig (Anhalt). The town lies at the crossing of the main roads B2 and B187.

By train

Hourly ICE trains on the Leipzig-Berlin line stop in Wittenberg in both directions. The ride takes 40 minutes from Leipzig Hbf or 45 from Berlin Hbf. As a slower but cheaper option you can also use RE trains, which also run about hourly. The ride takes 1h15m from Berlin, 1h05m from Leipzig, or one hour from Halle.

By plane

Berlin Tegel (IATA: TXL), Berlin Schönefeld (IATA: SXF) and Leipzig/Halle (IATA: LEJ) are the closest airports. Of these three, Berlin Tegel currently offers the widest range of international options.

Get around

Vetter Bus operates five bus lines in Wittenberg.
Most of the Altstadt (Old City) is pedestrian only. All the major historical sites are within easy walking distance.

See

The Luther Home
Wittenberg town hall at market square
Castle Church
View from Schlosskirche tower
Stadtkirche (Citychurch)

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