Guten Tag from East Germany! Traveling can be a life-changing experience because it enlivens our senses and opens our minds. Mark Twain said it well, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
So, let’s explore destinations inspired by faith in God. We begin in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany. Pack light and wear your hiking boots, as we explore the “Lutherweg” or Luther Trail. Considered one of the most beautiful scenic routes in East Germany, we will see the life places of Martin Luther, who began the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
Martin Luther’s Legacy
But, our aim is not to promote a particular denomination. Luther’s faith questioned the illegal practices of the clergy in his day. They were selling forgiveness. Luther called them out, stating the Bible clearly offers grace as a gift from God. Because Luther believed the Holy Bible should be read by all, he worked years translating it into common language. Above all, because of his work, we can read God’s word for ourselves.
In addition to Luther, the trail includes sites celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach. The classic composer wrote music for the Protestant churches in the region, played the organ, and directed choirs. His final assignment was St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. An interesting side note, Martin Luther preached St. Thomas’ first Protestant sermon.
The Luther Trail begins in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, ending 255 miles away in Lutherstadt Eisleben. The best way to explore the trail is by hiking or biking. (Can I have the rent-a-car option, please?) In conclusion, what can we discover along the trail? Amazing German countryside, many UNESCO World Heritage sites, inspiring museums, and beautiful churches.
Have you visited this area of Germany? Please leave a comment. I would love to hear about your experience!
Oh, how sweet the light of day, and how wonderful to live in the sunshine!Ecclesiastes 11:7 MSG