Nature and National Parks: Martin Luther`s green legacy

April 2016 Dear Luther,  

Martin Luther loved Nature. He is often associated with the following quote (even if it is not certain, the quote comes from him): " Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." And this green thumb legacy lives on in LutherCountry, where the Great Reformer lived and worked. Start with the Luther Garden in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, where 500 trees being planted to mark the 500 anniversary of the Reformation in 2017; then explore the very green and eco-conscious German federal states of Saxony Anhalt and Thuringia, where national parks, elegant gardens and pretty hiking trails welcome visitors from all over the world.

WEIMAR'S CASTLE, PARKS & GARDENS

Martin Luther was a regular visitor to leafy Weimar, a city that swiftly embraced the Reformation. With seven glorious parks, Weimar has always been easy on the eye. The park alongside the River Ilm is home to the Roman House and Goethe's Garden House, where the poet lived and wrote. South of the city, Belvedere Palace boasts a romantic park and formal Russian Garden. Tiefurt Palace also has glorious parkland, as does Ettersburg Palace, whose fine example of Thuringian landscape gardening provided the local aristocracy with a cool, calm summer retreat. All these green spaces come under the UNESCO World Heritage Site umbrella.
 
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THE “GARDEN KINGDOM” OF DESSAU-WOERLITZ

In the 18th century, Prince Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau visited England and was inspired by the new-style of country house landscaping. Today, his legacy is one of Europe’s finest examples of parks and gardens, in half a dozen estates, each with an elegant mansion. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering some 55 square miles, is the palace of Schloss Woerlitz. Halfway between Dessau and Lutherstadt Wittenberg, it looks much as it did 200 years ago, filled with fine art, furniture and porcelain. To enjoy the natural beauty, go for a walk, rent a bike, ride a horse or even take a gondola ride!

For more information about Dessau-Woerlitz, please click 
here.
 

HAINICH NATIONAL PARK AND THE TREETOP TRAIL

Recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage site, Hainich National Park preserves Europe’s finest ancient beech forest. Criss-crossed by 80 miles of cycling and hiking trails, its 50 square miles of towering trees are particularly beautiful in the fall. And, being close to both Eisenach and Wartburg Castle, you can imagine that Luther must have come here 500 years ago. What he would not recognize is the spectacular 1,700-ft long canopy walk that provides a stroll high above the treetops. Below, about 90 percent of the Hainich is still wilderness, where families of lynx (like a bobcat) are thriving.  

For further information, please click here.

MAGDEBURG'S GREEN TRADITIONS

In 1,000-year-old Magdeburg, the most famous building dates from 2005. The Green Citadel, designed by architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is a striking apartment complex, complete with flower beds on the rooftops. The city’s green spaces include Elbauen Park, with its 200-ft wooden tower, butterfly house and themed gardens from the 1999 Federal Garden Show. Created 120 years ago, the Gruson-Gewächshäuser is a vast botanical garden. Plant enthusiasts explore the 10 huge greenhouses, with 3,000 plant species that range from cocoa, pineapple and rubber trees to lotus, mimosa, palms and giant bamboo. Among the historic plants, the star attraction is the 150-year-old golden ball cactus. 
 
For further information, please click here.
 

THE LUTHER TRAIL (LUTHERWEG)

Martin Luther traveled everywhere on foot. For a spiritual vacation, walk or cycle part of the Luther Trail, linking places that he visited. In northern LutherCountry, part of the trail runs from Lutherstadt Eisleben to Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Near Erfurt, in southern LutherCountry, a memorial marks the spot, where Luther was almost struck by lightning in 1505, changing his life…and world history. Near Eisenach, hike the Drachenschlucht (Dragon’s Canyon), a 2-mile-long gully with 35-ft rock walls – but barely 3 feet wide! (No, there are no dragons!). And, when you visit Wartburg Castle, enjoy spectacular views from the lookout. For more details, please click here
 

OUR SERVICE FOR YOU

Whether you are looking for a route through LutherCountry, seeking information on LutherCities, or need help with organizing your journey, we’ll be happy to assist you!

Flip through our brochure
"Faces of LutherCountry" to find a lot of helpful information for independent travel to LutherCountry. If you prefer traveling to LutherCountry with a group, we recommend taking a look at our list of American tour operators that can help you in planning your LutherCountry experience.
If you want to organize a group tour with your congregation, please find a number of ideas in our 
"Adventures of LutherCountry" brochure. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
 
April 2016 Dear Luther,  

Martin Luther loved Nature. He is often associated with the following quote (even if it is not certain, the quote comes from him): " Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." And this green thumb legacy lives on in LutherCountry, where the Great Reformer lived and worked. Start with the Luther Garden in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, where 500 trees being planted to mark the 500 anniversary of the Reformation in 2017; then explore the very green and eco-conscious German federal states of Saxony Anhalt and Thuringia, where national parks, elegant gardens and pretty hiking trails welcome visitors from all over the world.
WEIMAR'S CASTLE, PARKS & GARDENS
Martin Luther was a regular visitor to leafy Weimar, a city that swiftly embraced the Reformation. With seven glorious parks, Weimar has always been easy on the eye. The park alongside the River Ilm is home to the Roman House and Goethe's Garden House, where the poet lived and wrote. South of the city, Belvedere Palace boasts a romantic park and formal Russian Garden. Tiefurt Palace also has glorious parkland, as does Ettersburg Palace, whose fine example of Thuringian landscape gardening provided the local aristocracy with a cool, calm summer retreat. All these green spaces come under the UNESCO World Heritage Site umbrella.
 
For more details, please click here.
 
THE “GARDEN KINGDOM” OF DESSAU-WOERLITZ
In the 18th century, Prince Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau visited England and was inspired by the new-style of country house landscaping. Today, his legacy is one of Europe’s finest examples of parks and gardens, in half a dozen estates, each with an elegant mansion. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering some 55 square miles, is the palace of Schloss Woerlitz. Halfway between Dessau and Lutherstadt Wittenberg, it looks much as it did 200 years ago, filled with fine art, furniture and porcelain. To enjoy the natural beauty, go for a walk, rent a bike, ride a horse or even take a gondola ride!

For more information about Dessau-Woerlitz, please click 
here.
 
HAINICH NATIONAL PARK AND THE TREETOP TRAIL
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage site, Hainich National Park preserves Europe’s finest ancient beech forest. Criss-crossed by 80 miles of cycling and hiking trails, its 50 square miles of towering trees are particularly beautiful in the fall. And, being close to both Eisenach and Wartburg Castle, you can imagine that Luther must have come here 500 years ago. What he would not recognize is the spectacular 1,700-ft long canopy walk that provides a stroll high above the treetops. Below, about 90 percent of the Hainich is still wilderness, where families of lynx (like a bobcat) are thriving.  

For further information, please click here.
MAGDEBURG'S GREEN TRADITIONS
In 1,000-year-old Magdeburg, the most famous building dates from 2005. The Green Citadel, designed by architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is a striking apartment complex, complete with flower beds on the rooftops. The city’s green spaces include Elbauen Park, with its 200-ft wooden tower, butterfly house and themed gardens from the 1999 Federal Garden Show. Created 120 years ago, the Gruson-Gewächshäuser is a vast botanical garden. Plant enthusiasts explore the 10 huge greenhouses, with 3,000 plant species that range from cocoa, pineapple and rubber trees to lotus, mimosa, palms and giant bamboo. Among the historic plants, the star attraction is the 150-year-old golden ball cactus. 
 
For further information, please click here.
 
THE LUTHER TRAIL (LUTHERWEG)
Martin Luther traveled everywhere on foot. For a spiritual vacation, walk or cycle part of the Luther Trail, linking places that he visited. In northern LutherCountry, part of the trail runs from Lutherstadt Eisleben to Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Near Erfurt, in southern LutherCountry, a memorial marks the spot, where Luther was almost struck by lightning in 1505, changing his life…and world history. Near Eisenach, hike the Drachenschlucht (Dragon’s Canyon), a 2-mile-long gully with 35-ft rock walls – but barely 3 feet wide! (No, there are no dragons!). And, when you visit Wartburg Castle, enjoy spectacular views from the lookout. For more details, please click here
 
OUR SERVICE FOR YOU
Whether you are looking for a route through LutherCountry, seeking information on LutherCities, or need help with organizing your journey, we’ll be happy to assist you!

Flip through our brochure
"Faces of LutherCountry" to find a lot of helpful information for independent travel to LutherCountry. If you prefer traveling to LutherCountry with a group, we recommend taking a look at our list of American tour operators that can help you in planning your LutherCountry experience.
If you want to organize a group tour with your congregation, please find a number of ideas in our 
"Adventures of LutherCountry" brochure. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
 

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