Luther 2017 – 500 years since the Reformation. A journey of his life.

It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Although there is no historical proof of this happening, it was an event that changed the world – and this great anniversary in 2017 will be marked in fitting style, not just in Wittenberg and Eisleben but across the country. Germany is paying tribute to one of its greatest sons with an entire decade devoted to Martin Luther: monk, professor and church reformer.

Follow German Heritage Travel and the German American Heritage Foundation in the footsteps of Martin Luther throughout Germany and embark on a fascinating journey to the great distant age of the Reformation. Click here to see our Tour...

Born in Eisleben


Luther was born in Eisleben, Saxony.



Luther entered the University of Erfurt, which he described later as a beerhouse and a whorehouse. He received his master"s law degree in 1505

Lightning bolt experience


The lightning bolt experience changed Luther's life. He was terrified of death and divine judgement, he cried out, " Help! Saint Anna, I will become a monk!"

Entered the cloister


Luther left Law school, sold his books and entered the Augustinian cloister of Erfurt

Ordained to the Priesthood


Luther was ordained to the priesthood and send to the newly founded University of Wittenberg to study theology.

Doctor Title


Luther was awarded his Doctor of Theology and at the 21 October he was received into the senate of the theological faculty.

Tetzel started his business


In 1516, Johann Tetzel, a Dominican Friar was send by the Pope to sell indulgences to raise money to rebuild St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

The Ninety-Five Theses


On 31 October 1517, Luther wrote to Albert of Mainz the bishop protesting the sale of indulgences. He enclosed in his letter a copy of his "Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences", which came to be known as The Ninety-Five Theses.

Papal Bull


The pope warned Luther with the papal bull Exurge Domine that he risked excommunication unless he recanted 41 sentences drawn from his writings, including the 95 theses, within 60 days.



Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X

Edict of Worms


The Emperor presented the final draft of the Edict of Worms


1521 - 1522

Luther escaped to Wartburg where he translated the Bible into German, which was printed by Johannes Gutenberg.



In April 1523 Luther married Katharina von Bora a nun.

Large Catechism


Luther wrote the large Catechism, a manual for pastors and teachers.



Luther died in Eisleben the city of his birth