11 Nov Mein zu Hause ist Dein zu Hause
“No city knows me better,” Martin Luther once said about Eisenach, and it’s true. The town that gave birth to Johann Sebastian Bach was also in many ways the town that gave birth to Martin Luther. While he was actually born in nearby Eisleben, Luther lived in Eisenach as a child, and more importantly when Emperor Charles V’s decreed him an outlaw Luther took refuge in Eisenach’s Wartburg Castle – where he eventually translated the New Testament of the Bible into German, thus making it more accessible to the masses.
The Lutherhaus, where it is believed Luther lived as a schoolboy, had been closed two years for renovations in advance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, reopened to the public in September. According to the Lutherhaus website, the new permanent exhibition, “Luther and the Bible,” features multimedia presentations and information on Luther’s historic translation of the Bible. Other exhibits include medieval art, works by Cranach, and records of Bach’s baptism.