Road Trip Through Luther Land and the Heart of Germany – Episode 519

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Road Trip Through Luther Land and the Heart of Germany - Amateur Traveler Episode 519


In preparation for the 2017 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Chris (the Amateur Traveler) took a road trip through “Luther Land” and the heart of Germany.

It started as a trip to see many of the significant sites associated with Luther like Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisenach and Wartburg Castle but then expanded to include other historical sites in the area and a visit to a collection of UNESCO sites including: Bauhaus and its sites in Weimar and Dessau, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Classical Weimar, Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg, Museum Island in Berlin, the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, and Wartburg Castle as well as the Elbe Riverside UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Most of the road trip centered on the states of Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt) and Thuringia (Thüringen) which were part of the old GDR (East Germany). Many cities in these areas lost a third of their population after the wall came down, but most of the cities boast beautiful medieval centers and are rich with history. Chris explores ancient market squares, monasteries and churches, canopy walks, castles and palaces, museums and festivals.

Hear about the children’s parade from the Luther Wedding festival, where in Germany you can find the gates of ancient Babylon, and which palace has manmade waterfalls.

Whether you are on a protestant pilgrimage, a fan of German musicians or poets, or connoisseur of beautiful gardens, the heart of Germany will not disappoint. Of course if you like a good bratwurst, then all the better.

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Show Notes

Germany Photo Gallery
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
John Hus
Martin Luther
Philipp Melanchthon
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Friedrich the Wise
John the Constant
John Frederick the Magnanimous
Duke Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau (Father Franz)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Friedrich Schiller
Johann Sebastian Bach
Franz Liszt
Richard Wagner
Adolf Hitler
95 Thesis
30 Years War
The Enlightenment
Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm
Napoleonic Wars
The Wartburg Festival
German Unification
Weimar Republic
24 Hours in Berlin
Travel to Düsseldorf, Germany – Episode 413
Berlin Podcasts
Germany History Timeline
Context Travel
Map of German States
Holy Roman Empire
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Classical Weimar (UNESCO)
Buchenwald concentration camp
Faust Food
German Peasants’ War
Sängerkrieg (Wartburg Song Contest)
Hainich National Park
Joachim Neander


Berlin – Hotel Amano Grad Central check prices / reviews
Lutherstadt Wittenberg = Luther Hotel Wittenberg check prices / reviews
Dessau – Hotel 7 Säulen check prices / reviews
Weimar – Hotel Alt Weimar check prices / reviews
Erfurt – Hotel Kaisersaal check prices / reviews
Eisenach – Schlosshotel Eisenach check prices / reviews
Düsseldorf – Derag Livinghotel De Medici check prices / reviews
Düsseldorf – Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel check prices / reviews


Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Wittenberger Brauhaus reviews
Weimar – Restaurant Scharfe Ecke reviews
Erfurt – Faust Food reviews
Erfurt – Köstritzer Zum Güldenen Rade reviews
Eisenach – Brunnenkeller reviews
Düsseldorf – Uerige Brewery reviews
Düsseldorf – Zum Schlüssel reviews
Düsseldorf Airport – Palavrion Urban Grill reviews
Berlin – Chipperfield Kantine

My thanks to the German Tourism Board, airberlin, Visit Berlin, and Context travel for financial support that made this trip possible.

Road Trip Through Luther Land and the Heart of Germany - Amateur Traveler Episode 519

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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