Oct. 31 marks the 500th anniversary of the date Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, an action historians consider the beginning of the Reformation. That makes it an especially good time to visit Germany, with many special events and exhibits honoring the occasion both now and in the years ahead.
Plus, the towns where Luther lived and worked are unspoiled gems in their own right. But, since Luther traveled so extensively and left his mark in so many places throughout Germany, it’s difficult to decide the best bets to visit. Here are four quintessentially charming cities to consider.
Luther called this town his spiritual home. Legend has it that he vowed to become a monk after an especially close call with a bolt of lightning, and Erfurt’s Augustinian Monastery is the place he chose to answer the call.