Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 19.01.2017 14:21:06 Uhr 28.11.2022 20:26:27 Uhr
Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is one of the most important protestant churches: The 500th anniversary of the reformation is being celebrated here too. © Christoph Münch
© Christoph Münch

In the spirit of renewal

August and sublime, the statue of Martin Luther stands before the Dresden Frauenkirche. The reformer is in the right spot. The church is not just the internationally renowned symbol for the city of Dresden, but also one of the world’s most famous protestant churches. The Reformation was a religious movement that changed the world, and 500 years ago that movement started in Saxony. In 2017 there are events and exhibitions in and around Dresden marking this event, where the term and the spirit it embodies is looked at critically with respect to its meaning for our contemporary world.


  • Without question, a visit to the Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is a must for every visitor. Its imposing dome crowns Dresden’s skyline. Almost completely destroyed in the Second World War, the rebuilding of the church was completed in 2005 and today the church is a cultural and religious centre of international importance. The programme for the year is titled »re-formation«. It includes over 130 musical events, many of them with classical music stars. On 14 October the actress Katja Riemann and the Potsdam Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and presenting texts about the Reformation. The music on 31 October, Reformation Day, will be conducted by Ludwig Güttler.
  • Evidence of the history of the Reformation can be found at historic locations in Torgau. The city in northern Saxony was the residence of Luther's patron, Prince Friedrich dem Weisen (Fredrick the Wise). Starting on 19 May 2017, Dresden State Art Collection will be presenting a new exhibition »Torgau – Residence of the Renaissance and Reformation« in the Torgau Hartenfels Castle.
  • Jacob Böhme (1575–1624) stood for new ways of thinking and a change of perspective. The Dresden State Art Collections will be dedicating an exhibition to him in Dresden starting on 26 August. Friedrich Hegel called the cobbler from Görlitz the »first German philosopher«. Böhme was influenced by mystical experiences; his thinking was pantheistic. The exhibition in Dresden, entitled »All in all«, is a cultural voyage of discovery. It shows how the astounding work of this philosophical autodidact influences literature, philosophy, art and religion right up to this very day.
  • Dresden can now be experienced digitally around the world – with our virtual 360° panorama tours. Currently there are 13 different places in Dresden and the surrounding region on line, including the Church of Our Lady. What better way to whet your appetite for the full cultural and urban experience.