From 4 May to 5 November 2017 Wartburg Castle hosts the National Special Exhibition "Luther and the Germans". Here, where Martin Luther translated the New Testament from Latin into German, the exhibition shows how the Reformation influenced the course of German history, how Luther became embedded in the Germans’ memory, how preceding generations perceived, used and misused him, how the reformer’s image changed in modern times, and the powers that were able to exploit his work and impact for their ends.
With annually 350.000 visitors the Wartburg is the most frequented Luther site in the world. Luther spent roughly one year in the castles walls, translating the New Testament into German while being anathematized after the Worms’ Reichstag in 1521.
The National Special Exhibition “Luther and the Germans” addresses three main topics. The first part focuses on the Wartburg as a German memorial site, the second part address the cultural and historical consequences of Luther’s teachings. The political implementation and exploitation of the Protestant Reformation is in the center of the exhibition’s third part.
About 300 fascinating objects – paintings, pamphlets, sculptures, drawing, everyday items – are displayed on more than 1.000 square meters, the Wartburg itself being an additional exhibit by itself.
National Special Exhibition "Luther and the Germans"
Auf der Wartburg 1, 99817 Eisenach
May 4 - November 5, 2017
April 12 - November 5, 2017: „The Luther Effect“ (Deutsches Historisches Museum im Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin)
May 13 - November 5, 2017: „Luther! 95 treasures – 95 people“ (Stiftung Luthergedenkstätten, Lutherhaus/Augusteum, Lutherstadt Wittenberg)