Martin Luther was born in Eisleben in 1483, and the citizens of Eisleben began cultivating the memory of their greatest son in his birthplace very early on: at the end of the 17th century, a public museum for Luther pilgrims was established here. It is the oldest memorial to a single person anywhere in the German-speaking world.
LUTHER’S PARENTAL HOME
The Luder family moved to Mansfeld soon after Martin Luther was born. It is here that Luther’s parents decided to settle, purchasing a house and setting up their own business. Luther spent 13 years in Mansfeld as a child and in school.
The Luther House was to be the scene of the reformer’s most important acts for over 35 years. Originally built as an Augustinian monastery, after 1508 it served as his home – first as a monk, and later for Luther and his family. It was here that he had his theological breakthrough, here that he offered lectures, and here that he wrote his treatises that changed the world.
Luther's Death House
In 1546, Luther died in Eisleben during his final journey. Today, above the market in Eisleben, there is a museum commemorating the location of Luther’s death. The building has been considered Luther’s Death House since 1726.
One of the most beautiful town houses in the City of Wittenberg was commissioned by John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, for Philipp Melanchthon in 1536. The stately house offered sufficient space for Melanchthon and his family, as well as for his students. He lived here until his death in 1560.