Excursion to the Land of the Reformation, Sachsen-Anhalt on 26-27 April 2017

Minister President Dr. Reiner Haseloff invited the 16 Federal States group on the occasion of the 500th Reformation Jubilee to get to know "the cradle of the Reformation". We visited the cities connected with Luther, also called Lutherstädte, Wittenberg, Halle and Eisleben.

The tour started at the castle church in Wittenberg through the Thesentür, where on 31 October 1517 the well-known 95 theses were nailed. We were greeted with a short organ concert, which was followed by a guided tour of the church and the lovely old town. The oldest church, St. Marien, where Martin Luther had preached 30 years long, was also on our agenda. After lunch we were accompanied by State Secretary Dr. Michael Schneider and his wife to the Lutherhaus, which is the largest historical museum in the world connected with the Reformation.

The highlight of the day awaited us in the late afternoon, when we saw the Asisi 360° Panorama "Luther 1517": Yadegar Asisi, the creator of this impressive panorama had taken the help of a local historian who kindly guided us through the exhibition. The Panorama illustrated in a multifaceted manner, the various events of that time, which had then influenced the development of history of the world. Artist Asisi has presented Luther in various situations, but above all also as a person and a citizen of the contemporary society.

We then drove to Halle, full of the fascinating impressions of the day. The next morning we did a city tour of Halle and the "Market Church of Our Lady" and the impressive Protestant Marienbibliothek. We made a detour to the Händel-Haus, before we arrived in the picturesque Saale restaurant for lunch. We continued to Eisleben in the eastern Harzvorland. There we visited the birthplace and also the dying house of Martin Luther which belong to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. In the historic town hall, the Lord Mayor Mrs. Jutta Fischer received us with her Chief of Culture, Mrs. Ute Klopfleisch.

After coffee and cake, we said goodbye. A special thanks was given to the protocol department of the State Chancellery Magdeburg, represented most efficiently by Mrs. Petra Penning, for the excellent planning of this impressive discovery journey in the footsteps of Martin Luther.

1. Group photo with State Secretary Dr. Schneider and Mayor Kirchner
2. Photo from left: Protocol Chief Petra Penning, Kanta Stanchina, Tone Korssund-Eichinger, OB Jutta Fischer, Conny Weihe, Pia Schwanke, Head of Cultural Dept. Eisleben, Ute Klopfleisch
3. Photo: Martin Luther and his wife Katharina von Bora