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Cruises to Wittenberg

Wittenberg, Germany (Photo: LaMiaFotografia/Shutterstock)
Wittenberg, Germany (Photo: LaMiaFotografia/Shutterstock)

About Wittenberg

Martin Luther is synonymous with Wittenberg. It was here Luther lived, taught and preached. On October 31, 1517, Luther nailed his 95 theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences to the entrance doors of All Saints' Church, commonly referred to as Castle Church. This marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Today one of the doors is engraved with Latin text of the theses. Inside the church, built between 1496 and 1506, is the tomb of Luther.

Most Elbe River cruise itineraries include Wittenberg. The historic area is easy to navigate with its long and narrow pedestrian zone linking significant Luther-related sites. Streets are lined with shops and cafes housed in pastel-colored 16th- and 17th-century buildings.

At the far west end of the historic zone is Castle Church. In the center are Wittenberg Market Square, a statue of Luther and St. Mary's Church, where Luther often preached and where he married former nun Katharina von Bora. At the eastern edge of the historic area is Lutherhaus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Luther lived most of his adult life.

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Why go to Wittenberg?

Pros:

Historic attractions are located in a designated pedestrian area for easy exploration.

Cons:

Nearly every shop is closed on Sunday.

Bottom Line:

You don’t have to be religious or Lutheran to enjoy Wittenberg’s historic offerings.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Euros and credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and attractions. There are three banks with ATMs on the street directly north of Wittenberg Market. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language?

German is the official language but almost everyone speaks some English, especially those dealing with the public.


Wittenberg Cruise Reviews

Viking Beyla
Andy_Ottawa
Sail Date: Oct 2019
Good walking tour including churches and museum, not surprisingly focussed on Martin Luther.... Read More
Viking Astrild
marysikorski
Sail Date: Jul 2017
We had a wonderful tour guide during our tour of Wittenberg. I was especially interested in this town because of the Anniversary of the Reformation. I could have spent more time there....it was very hurried which... Read More
Viking Beyla
rideaucruiser
Sail Date: Mar 2018
A beautifully restored town a short walk from the ship. Its Lutheran history will be of interest to some cruisers but it is an impressive small town to stroll about, clean and quiet.... Read More
Viking Astrild
Dawn G.
Sail Date: Aug 2017
Lovely town, full of history and beautiful buildings.... Read More
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