Lutherstadt Wittenberg Journals

Great Day Out from Berlin: Lutherstadt

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An April 2003 trip to Lutherstadt Wittenberg by kjlouden

Katharina von Bora Photo, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany More Photos
Quote: Luther’s home (a former monastery), the "Mother Church of the Reformation" (where Protestantism was first preached) and Wittenberg Castle Church (where Luther is buried)--add plenty of commentary in English and more Lucas Cranach paintings than anywhere else, and the excitement of the Protestant Reformation comes to life.

Great Day Out from Berlin: Lutherstadt

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Overview

Katharina von Bora Photo, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany
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Any visitor who spends much time in eastern Germany must surely conclude that so many "movements" started here: classicism, romanticism, existentialism (Sartre wrote from a prison camp), Bauhaus architecture, and more. They all generated much excitement, but no arts revolution evoked such compelling narrative or wide appeal as the Protestant Reformation. In commemoration of the man whose formidable intellect and humanitarian character started the upheaval, the city of Wittenberg is now Lutherstadt/Wittenberg or "Luther’s City." The main street Collegienstrasse is replete with sites that bring the narrative to life. Walking from the rail station, we first encountered Lutherhaus a...Read More

Grand Hyatt Berlin

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Hotel

Grand Hyatt Berlin Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Grand Hyatt Berlin redefines "grand." Gone are the days when craftsmanship and ornamentation made their marks on "posh." Sophisticated simplicity conceived in divine materials, raises to previously-unimagined heights the best of everything building suppliers offer. With Minimalist decor, still warm and "homey" with rich wood, the open lobby, restaurant, and bar area demand chic guests -- incredibly, the hotel’s website insists that men wear jackets and women "at least suits" in their lobby. A turn-off for rail travelers with efficient packing in mind? Dietrich’s Bistro and Vox Bar (over 200 whiskeys, they advertise) were packed with glamorous people of every ethnic background. The full-windowe...Read More

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Grand Hyatt Berlin
Marlene Dietrich Platz 2
Berlin, Germany
+49-30-25531234

Luther House

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Attraction | "Lutherhalle/Lutherhaus"

Luther House Photo, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany
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Outside, the former Augustinian monastery is serene, as one might expect. The statue of Katharina invites a moment’s study. A mosaic tile area on the lawn offers benches. The sculptor conveys an ineffable quality of character that would influence "womanhood" until "Hollywood." Looking up at the covered walkway linking the two main buildings of the complex, I could almost hear the "buzz," the conviction of the many students, artists, and scholars whose lives touched Luther’s that a new humanist world-view would soon change life as they knew it. It must have been an exciting time and place! "Lucky Court Painter," I thought. Lucas Cranach, "painter of the German Reformation," got to record it all...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2003

Luther House
Collegienstrasse
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

Schlosskirche or Castle Church

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Attraction

Schlosskirche or Castle Church Photo, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany
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Schlosskirche or Castle Church was intended for the royalty of Wittenberg Castle, so no expense was spared. Built in the 15th Century and rebuilt in the 19th after a fire, the natural materials used in its construction needed no painting. The interior exudes sheer natural beauty, so much more imposing, it seems, than wooden interiors that depend on applied color for their decoration--those were built for commoners! Walking directly from Stadtkirche or City Church, where Luther was married, to Schlosskirche, where he is buried, we appreciated the elevation in rank of a life well-lived. He and his friend Melanchthon rest in the floor close to the altar, while Wilhelm II occu...Read More

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Schlosskirche or Castle Church
Friedrichstrasse 1
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

Stadkirche St. Marien

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Attraction | "Stadtkirche, a World Heritage Treasure"

Stadkirche St. Marien Photo, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany
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The two square towers of Stadkirche peak over guild houses on the Markt. With sections dating from the 13th Century, it is the oldest structure in Wittenberg. The "Mother Church of the Reformation," it once held the pulpit from which Luther preached for 30 years (we had already seen part of the pulpit, now removed to Lutherhaus). The reformer and Katharina von Bora, a former nun, were married here in 1525, and a carved stone recess on the side of the building commenorates the celebrated couple, still models for husbands and wives to emulate. The most striking piece of artwork is the altar by Lucas Cranach the Elder, which was on display, but probably not in its usual...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2003

Stadkirche St. Marien
Collegienstrasse
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

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kjlouden

kjlouden
West Virginia, United States