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St. Thomas Church in Leipzig Germany—where luther preached and J.S. Bach performed

The Reformation Trail in Europe

Germany, the Heartland of the Reformation, offers a great number of places where the past mingles with the present and the memories of Martin Luther are traceable and tangible. Eisenach where he went to school, Erfurt where he studied, Wittenberg the town of his 95 Theses, the Wartburg Castle where he found refuge and produced his monumental translation of the New Testament into German. Follow the Reformation Trail and at the same time enjoy the beauty and profundity of town and country. Experience the vibrant and fascinating modern capital of Germany, Berlin and the music associated with Salzburg.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Berlin

Meet guide on arrival at Berlin airport and transfer to hotel. A Welcome Dinner is provided at the hotel tonight. Overnight Berlin

 

Day 2 – Berlin

Full day's sightseeing tour of Berlin. Once the capital of Prussia and leading cultural centre of the 1920s, today Berlin, the new capital of Germany is characterised by its dazzling modernity and breathtaking architecture. Berlin is reinventing itself once again. Few cities have been shaped to such an extent by history and undergone as much major transformation as Berlin. Visit the Checkpoint Charlie and Pergamon Museums and Potsdam. Overnight Berlin

 

Day 3 – Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Depart Berlin for Lutherstadt Wittenburg. The Protestant Reformation, which catapulted Europe into centuries of upheaval, began quietly in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, when local Professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the wooden door of the castle church. A local professional guide will show us inside this church and the nearby Lutherhalle, with the largest collection of Reformation artefacts in the world, time to walk at leisure genuinely in the footsteps of Martin Luther. Overnight Leipzig

 

Day 4 – Leipzig

After breakfast visit the Church of St Thomas where Luther preached and JS Bach performed. After some time exploring our journey continues to Lutherstadt Eisleben to visit the birth house of Martin Luther, St Andrews Church where he preached his last 4 sermons and the house where he died. Overnight Erfurt

 

Day 5 – Erfurt

Join a local professional guide for a walking tour of the historical centre. Luther was a student at the famous University between 1501 and 1505 and it was nearby that he was struck by lightning and entered the Augustinian Monastery, which you too will do. Visit Erfurt Cathedral where he was ordained as a priest and see the Luther Monument, St Michaels Church and other buildings from the period.

Overnight Erfurt

 

Day 6 – Wurzburg

Travel the short distance west to Eisenach where we visit the home where Martin Luther lived as a school boy which is now a museum before visiting Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther was in exile and where he translated the New Testament.  Departing for Wurzburg situated on the River Main in the northern part of Bavaria. One of its most prominent features is the imposing Fortress of Marienberg, which is built with a commanding view over the town. You will also see the magnificent Hofkirche, the Cathedral of St Kilian and the Old Bridge (Mainbrucke). Overnight Wurzburg

 

Day 7 – Augsburg

Drive along the Romantic Route to Augsburg. From the Main valley to the foot of the Bavarian Alps, experience some of Germany's most beautiful and historical countryside, passing through great medieval towns and cities such as Rothenberg, Dinkelsbuhl and Nordlingen. Upon reaching Augsburg, enjoy a short orientation tour which will include the Fuggerei Quarter which was founded in 1519 to house the town poor. View the Maximillianstrasse lined by mansions and private houses, built by the wealthier burgers during the Renaissance period, as well as the gothic Cathedral and a Benedictine Abbey. Overnight Augsburg

 

Day 8 – Salzburg

Morning departure for Salzburg. Continue along the Romantic Route towards Fussen, and stop to visit the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein. This is one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing castles in the world. King Ludwig's bedroom is the highlight of the tour with its exquisite craftsmanship. After leaving Fussen continue to the graceful city of Salzburg. Overnight Salzburg

 

Day 9 – Salzburg

Morning tour of Salzburg, the city of Mozart and the Sound of Music. Highlights include the elegant Renaissance style cathedral dating from the 17th century, and the magnificent Hohensalzburg Fortress which overlooks the city from its perch 400ft above the streets. A stop is also made at No.9 Getreidegasse, the house in which Mozart was born. This afternoon continue with a half day tour discovering the sights associated with the Oscar-winning film "the Sound of Music". Visit the beautiful Mirabell Gardens (where Maria and the Von Trapp children sang "Do-Re-Mi") and Zum Heiligen Michael Church (wedding church in the film). See the Castles Leopoldsdron and Hellbrunn, and Nonnberg Abbey (convent where the Baron and Maria were wed in 1927). You will journey through the quaint villages of Fuschlsee and St Gilgen and along Lake Wolfgang, before travelling back to central Salzburg. Overnight Salzburg

 

Day 10 – Departure

Departure transfer to Salzburg airport.  This tour can continue to Vienna or Munich.

Lutherstadt Wittenburg

martin luther

Church of St Thomas

Erfurt Cathedral

Neuschwanstein

salzburg

augsburg Cathedral

Some of the tour’s sights.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

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