Itineraries

On the traces of the Reformation in Saxony (3 days)

As early as the late 16th century, Saxony was known by the name of “Motherland of the Reformation”. Explore the region's rich heritage from this period.

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Im Renaissanceflügel des Schlosses in Dresden sind verschiedene Ritterrüstungen ausgestellt. In der Mitte des Raumes sind ebenfalls zwei Pferdefiguren und auf der einen sitzt ein Ritter mit seiner Rüstung und ein anderer Ritter steht neben seinem Pferd.

DAY 1: DRESDEN

Themed city walk with Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and Jägerhof. Visit the world-famous Dresden State Art Collections with the largest collection of items from the Reformation period.
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Bilder des Künstlers Lucas Cranach in der Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

DAY 1: DRESDEN

Visit the Old Masters Picture Gallery with the most comprehensive Cranach collection in the world. Tour of Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), which ­embodies Martin Luther’s idea of a Protestant church building.
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Freiberger Dom mit Altar und Kanzel

DAY 2: FREIBERG (38 KM) – GRIMMA AND LUTHER TRAIL (79 KM)

Tour of Freiberg Cathedral, the burial place of the Protestant Wettins, with performance on the famous Silbermann organs. Tour of Freudenstein Castle, seat of Prince Henry the Pious who implemented the Reformation in Saxony.
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DAY 2: FREIBERG (38 KM) – GRIMMA AND LUTHER TRAIL (79 KM)

Visit the church of the former Augustinian monastery in Grimma where Luther used to preach frequently. Get to know the nearby ruins of Nimbschen convent on a guided tour. Tip: Short hike on the Saxon Luther Trail, e. g. from Grimma to Nimbschen (3 km).
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DAY 3: TORGAU (53 KM) – LEIPZIG (54 KM)

Torgau, the political centre of Reformation, awaits you with different sites related to the Reformation: Hartenfels Castle as residence of the electors, with the famous “Wendelstein” spiral staircase and the first newly built Protestant church building consecrated by Luther, the last residence of Katharina von Bora, the church Marienkirche with Katharina von Bora epitaph, and the altarpiece by Lucas Cranach the Elder, as well as beautiful Renaissance houses. Tip: A hearty meal at “Herr Käthe” restaurant.
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Die beleuchtete Thomaskirche in Leipzig bei Nacht

DAY 3: TORGAU (53 KM) – LEIPZIG (54 KM)

The Leipzig Disputation between Luther and Johannes Eck took place in Leipzig in 1519: themed guided city tour/walk including Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche churches, municipal museum, Bach Museum. Tips: After Wittenberg, Zwickau was the second town to implement the Reformation. Visit the places where Luther preached and where Thomas Müntzer worked. The Reformation trail in Saxony can also be explored along the Elbe Cycle Route in Pirna, Dresden, Meissen, and Torgau.

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