While in Berlin, Dan and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit Wittenberg, the location of the start of the Reformation, which was just 45 minutes away by train. Dan had grown up Lutheran so he was very excited to get to visit the house where Luther lived and the church where he allegedly nailed his 95 Theses. As a history lover I was thrilled to personally see this piece of history.
The house museum was really well done. Much of the structure has been restored to reflect what the layout would have been during Luther's lifetime, and his study has been restored to showcase extensive wall paintings that date from the end of his life. The exhibit that runs throughout the house gives you a thorough history of Luther's entire life and context of the time. There are manuscripts, paintings, books, furniture and other artifacts, all excellently contextualized. If you get the chance to visit I highly recommend it.
As night fell we walked through the sleepy little town. It was Sunday night and nothing was open, but the atmosphere was still beautiful. At the opposite end of town is the church where custom holds that Luther nailed his theses. The original structure that Luther would have seen during the 1500s was partially burned down during the Seven Years' War in 1760. So the original wooden door that could possibly have been where the nailing happened no longer exists. However the church is beautiful and imposing at the end of the main street.
kaitlin k walsh
Adventurer armed with a camera.