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Wittenberg, Germany — Travel Guide for the LutherStadt and the dawn of the Protestant Reformation

Market Square in Wittenberg [photo: PD via Wikimedia Commons]
Market Square in Wittenberg [photo: PD via Wikimedia Commons]
Luther Denkmal (Memorial) on the Market Square in Wittenberg [Michael Sander, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons]
Luther Denkmal (Memorial) on the Market Square in Wittenberg [Michael Sander, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons]
Stadtkirche Wittenberg [photo: Michael Sander, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ , via Wikimedia Commons]
Stadtkirche Wittenberg [photo: Michael Sander, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ , via Wikimedia Commons]
Tower of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg [photo: Michael Sander, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons]
Tower of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg [photo: Michael Sander, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons]

Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Wittenberg, officially Lutherstadt Wittenberg, is a town in Germany in the Bundesland Saxony-Anhalt, on the river Elbe. It draws its importance in history from the connection with Martin Luther and the dawn of the Protestant Reformation.

Wittenberg, Germany, in a nutshell

Wittenberg, officially Lutherstadt Wittenberg, is a town (the 4th largest) in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, and sits on the shores of the Elbe river. It has a population of 46,000 people. Location: 60 kilometers north of Leipzig and 90 kilometers south-west of Berlin.

The importance of Wittenberg historically was due to its seat of the Elector of Saxony, a dignity held by the dukes of Saxe-Wittenberg and also to its close connection with Martin Luther and the dawn of the Protestant Reformation; several of its buildings are associated with the events of this time. Part of the Augustinian monastery in which Luther dwelt, first as a monk and later as owner with his wife and family, is preserved and considered to be the world’s premier museum dedicated to Luther.

Highlights, ‘Must-see’, Top sights

Wittenberg is also called the town of the Reformation. Experience Wittenberg’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and many historic buildings.

List of attractions, sights

  • Castle Church (Schlosskirche)
    Address: Schlossplatz, 06886 Wittenberg
  • City Hall (Rathaus)
    Address: Altes Rathaus, Markt 26, 06886 Wittenberg
  • Wittenberg Castle (Wittenberger Schloss)
    Address: Schlossplatz, 06886 Wittenberg
  • Luther House
    Luther lived and worked here. The Luther House is located in the courtyard of the building complex at 54 Collegien Street in the eastern part of the downtown area of Wittenberg. See website of Luther Memorial Foundations of Saxony-Anhalt; link below.
  • Lutherdenkmal
    Address: Marktplatz, 06886 Wittenberg
  • Luthereiche
    Address: Lutherstraße, 06886 Wittenberg
  • Stadkirche
    Address: Kirchplatz, 06886 Wittenberg
  • Thesentür
    Address: Schlossplatz, 06886 Wittenberg

Nearby…

Wartburg Castle

Address: Auf der Wartburg 1, 99817 Eisenach.

More in our article: Wartburg Castle

Wittenberg, Germany, Visitor Info & Getting Around

Population

Ca. 46.000 (2018)
Ca. 124.000 for the Landkreis Wittenberg (county).
(Source: Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt, 2020: https://www.statistik.sachsen-anhalt.de/)

Airport

The nearest major airports are:
a) Berlin – Tegel (approx. distance 100 km / 62 mi): Travel time from Berlin to Wittenberg is approx. 90 by car and by train 45 min – 81 min, depending on your connection.
b) Leipzig- Halle (approx. distance 80 km / 50 mi): travel time to Wittenberg approx. 1 hr by car or train.

Newspaper

Website: Mitteldeutsche Zeitung: www.mz-web.de

Location

Located in the state of Saxony-Anhalt approx. 100 km / 62 mi south-west of Berlin. Best Autobahn connection via A9.

Tourism Office (in German: Fremdenverkehrsamt’)

Tourist Information

Schlossplatz 2, 06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

City of Wittenberg & Tourism Dept.


Lutherstraße 56, 06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.

Website: www.wittenberg.de

Map

Climate & Temperatures in Germany

Average temperatures

Juli/August: up to around 30C / 86 F.
Winter: around freezing point

Best time to travel / Season

In general year-round, however, most tourists prefer the time between Spring and Fall.

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