Music & the Reformation 11-Days / 9-Nights

This program includes all the important sites associated with the early part of the Reformation as well as a chance to experience Germany’s two most vibrant cities, Berlin and Munich. In 2017 we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 thesis on the doors of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg. The Castle Church, the Stadtkirche and the Luther House will be highlights of your journey. Luther was born and died in Eisleben and you will visit his birth house and the house of death. Some of the greatest composers of the past 500 years were inspired by the events of 1517. You will visit and perform a concert in Leipzig, Germany’s City of Music and home to musical luminaries such as Schütz, Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Clara & Robert Schumann, Grieg and Mahler. A visit to the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt and a Music Worship Service will be highlights of your trip. The Wartburg, towering high above the city of Eisenach, is where Luther translated the Bible from Greek into German. It is also the setting for the legendary Sängerkrieg, a contest among minstrels (Minnesänger) in 1207. The legend of this event was later used by Richard Wagner in his opera Tannhäuser, whose Act II is set in the Wartburg’s Sängerhalle. Travelling south you visit the Veste Coburg where Luther, considered an outlaw after the Diet of Worms, stayed during the Diet of Augsburg. Your journey continues to Augsburg, in the footsteps of Luther’s friend Philipp Melanchthon, and eventually to Munich. The city was a center of the counter-reformation and of renaissance art. The Michael’s Church and the famous Hofbräuhaus were built during that time and remain important cornerstones of Munich’s identity.