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Saxony - Motherland of the Reformation

Martin Luther's 95 Theses, sent to Albrecht of Brandenburg, the most powerful cleric in the German Empire - and possibly also posted on the main portal of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517 - changed the world. Luther only wanted to reform the church, but after the Leipzig Disputation of 1519 at the latest, a schism became inevitable. However, the Reformation was not only an event that spread from Saxony to the whole world, but also a long process that only came to an end after many decades and after tenacious struggle.

The Saxony of yesteryear is now divided into the federal states of Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt after many historical upheavals. Brandenburg, Bavaria, Poland and even the Czech Republic have also inherited parts of it. It is worthwhile to walk in the footsteps of the Reformer, his supporters and his opponents - and these are more than abundant. As early as the end of the 16th century, Saxony was awarded the honorary title of "Motherland of the Reformation", a legacy to which today's federal state also adheres. Get to know this rich heritage!


Saxony 1517 and today

Authentic sites bear witness to the work of the reformer Martin Luther, his supporters and opponents in the territory of the present-day Free State.




In the footprints of the Reformer

Martin Luther worked in many places in Saxony and left his traces. A search for traces is worthwhile.




The Woman at Luther’s Side

Katharina Luther war more than a housewife and mother. It is not for nothing that her husband called her respectfully “Mr. Cathy”.


The Via Sacra  

The „Holy Road” leads to special and unique sacred art in the traditionally tolerant Saxon region of Upper Lusatia.


The Catholic side

Luther only wanted to reform the church. But a separation became inevitable and the old church continued to exist, also his opponent.