Lutherstadt Wittenberg Journals

An authentic display of history

An August 2004 trip to Lutherstadt Wittenberg by marif

Buildings on Wittenbergs Altmarkt Photo, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany More Photos
Quote: When in Germany, there's no better place to feel the spirit of the 16th-century religious Reformation than in Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, a town whose small picturesque medieval centre is a history book with pages depicting with remarkable clarity the life and works of two great reformers, Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchton.

An authentic display of history

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Overview

Buildings on Wittenberg's Altmarkt Photo, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany
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1. Pedestrianised Collegienstrasse, the Old Town's main artery is a cobblestone street lined with souvenir shops, restaurants, ice-cream parlours and food stores. Most of the historic attractions like Lutherhaus, Melanchtonhaus and the University Gate are squeezed between shops; so, while enjoying the lively atmosphere among the pushing masses of German tourists, don't fail to inspect these interesting buildings which house excellent history museums associated with the Reformation. 2. The westernmost end of Collegienstrasse opens into the Markt, a medieval square surrounded by graceful Renaissance houses. The large picturesque Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) which occupies one complete side of the ...Read More
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Inconveniently located 2kms out of Lutherstadt-Wittenberg's Old Town, Pension-Gastehaus Lindemann is mostly beneficial to those who have their own means of transport since there's ample free parking space within the surrounding grounds. However, even if you don't have transport, you can still come here since the difficulty in accessibility is more than compensated for by numerous other benefits. If you arrive by train during the day, exit from the station and go straight towards the information kiosk on the paved walkway to your left. Politely ask the English-speaking ladies on duty to phone up Pension Lindemann to check for availability, in which case you can be sure that the friendly lady owner...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Pension-Gastehaus Lindemann
Friedrichstrasse 73
Wittenberg, Germany
(349) 140-3427

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The name of this restaurant is a clear indication of both its Italian origin and its location, a short distance away from Lutherstadt-Wittenberg's castle. So, if you're looking for special Italian fare in a superb location where the ambience is as pleasant as the food, opt for Il Castello and your desires and expectations will definitely be satisfied. Located next to the historical building that houses the Stadthotel Wittenberg Schwarzer Baer, Il Castello occupies two floors of another medieval building that has been meticulously restored with no expense spared. If you're in the vicinity of the Tourist Office, walk east along Schlossstrasse for about 30 metres where you'll find Il Castello ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2004

Restaurant Il Castello
Schlosstrasse 3
Wittenberg, Germany
49 (0) 3491 414547

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Walking along the unpretentious streets, alleyways and courtyards of Lutherstadt-Wittenberg's Old Town and inspecting the preserved medieval houses and churches is like attending a series of lessons about 16th-century German history. While history lessons may be tedious, stale and old-fashioned, the experience gained by looking closely into Lutherstadt-Wittenberg's medieval buildings is alive, fresh and unforgettable. For its medieval historic buildings, which are undoubtedly a great source of cultural and artistic enrichment, Lutherstadt-Wittenberg's Old Town was added to the list of UNESCO World Culture Sites in 1996. The Tourist Office and Wittenberg Information Bureau at Schlossplatz 2 west of...Read More
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To realize fully the historical and cultural value of Lutherstadt-Wittenberg's churches and museums, it is advisable to get acquainted with the social and religious climate that led to Luther's Reformation. In the early 16th-century, Germany was still a divided country governed by a number of princes and noblemen who had supreme power over their lands. In this sense, they were even more powerful than the king. On the other hand, the peasants and countrymen were treated no better than slaves and having nothing to lose except their serfdom, they were easily enticed to revolt against authority, be it civil or religious. At the same time, the Catholic Church in Germany was considered the wealth...Read More