Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 04.09.2017 15:03:52 Uhr 28.11.2022 19:34:01 Uhr
Hartenfels Castle, Torgau’s gem from the Renaissance and one of the settings for the dramatic story of the Reformation.
© Schösserland Sachsen, Silvio Dittrich

“CELEBRATE – The Reformation turns 500”

The celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will reach their peak in October. On 31 October 1517 the reformer Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, initiating changes that would affect all of Europe. Dresden and the Saxon Elbeland are honouring Martin Luther, his theses and this unusual event with numerous events and exhibitions. Come and follow Luther’s steps, see the original settings and discover a history that is still very much alive to this very day.



  • On 31 October Dresden will be celebrating the anniversary of the day on which Luther nailed his theses to a church door in Wittenberg. Come and enjoy the colourful programme full of music and dance taking place right at the foot of the Dresdner Frauenkirche. Starting at 3 PM, the Protestant-Lutheran Church of Saxony is inviting everyone to come together under the motto “CELEBRATE – The Reformation turns 500”. With lots of music and dance, themed tents and a mass in the cathedral, there is something for everyone, no matter what your beliefs. And make sure to visit the Dresden Frauenkirche and learn more about the largest protestant church in Dresden.
  • If people talk about Martin Luther and the Reformation, then pretty soon you will also hear the name Johann Tetzel. “Sobald das Geld im Kasten klingt, die Seele aus dem Feuer springt“(“As soon as a coin in the coffer rings / the soul from purgatory springs”). It is said that Johann Tetzel, a Dominican priest, used this rhyme to sell indulgences. If you travel up the Elbe River to Pirna’s beautiful old town, you can visit the house this preacher was born in. Built in 1380, the house stands right beside city walls that were erected in the 13th Up until 31 October, you can find out more about Tetzel and his role as Luther’s nemesis by visiting the Tetzelhaus Pirna and taking the guided tour “Pirna and the Reformation in Saxony“.
  • It is not just the city of Dresden where you will find reminders of Luther and his life’s work. There is also a beautiful historical walking trail that goes through the Saxon Elbeland. That trail, the Luther Trail in Saxony, takes the visitor to many of the places where the events of the Reformation took place, such as the former Electoral Residence in Torgau. There, in Hartenfels Castle, you will find the exhibition “Torgau. Home of the Renaissance and Reformation” which shows majestic electoral treasures, ornamental weapons and exquisite examples of the artistry of Torgau’s goldsmiths.
  • If you are walking in Luther’s footsteps, and you have more than just a thirst for knowledge, we invite you to visit the Wine Fest in Radebeul and Meißen that takes place on the last weekend in September. The Federweißerfest at the Erlebnisweingut Schloss Wackerbarth on 9 and 10 September (“Federweißer” is a partially fermented young wine that is very popular at the beginning of the grape harvesting season) entices visitors to come and discover delicious food and the refreshing taste of Federweißer.
  • Here you will find a comprehensive overview of events and special offers related to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.