This morning we enjoy a walking tour of Erfurt with a local guide. This tour will introduce you to the city of flowers and horticulture, the city where Martin Luther lived and studied, and the location of several historical Jewish sites. Erfurt was Martin Luther’s spiritual home. A student at Erfurt’s famous university between 1501 and 1505, Luther first studied the “seven liberal arts”, then theology and, at his father’s wish, jurisprudence. But a dramatic personal incident brought about a radical change in Luther’s life: terrified by a dreadful storm close to the city, during which he was struck by lightning, he took monastic vows and entered the Augustinian Monastery on 17 July 1505. In April 1507, Martin Luther was ordained as priest in Erfurt Cathedral. On your route through the town you will see interesting places connected with Luther, such as the Luther monument, St. Michael’s Church and the student hostel which also date from this era. At the end of this tour there is an opportunity to visit the Augustinian Monastery.
After the tour we will transfer to Wartburg Castle for a one-hour visit. This UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site stands atop a 200-meter high rock above the town of Eisenach. The Wartburg’s most famous resident was Martin Luther, who lived here in protective custody in 1521-1522 after refusing to retract his writings. It was here that he translated the New Testament from Greek into German. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Bach Museum (Bachhaus Eisenach) before we continue to Mainz.
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