The Luther500 Festival

The Luther500 Festival is a seven-day cultural-immersion experience that brings the Reformation to life as you serve, learn, and celebrate in the places where Martin Luther did the same 500 years ago. This pilgrimage to Germany will help revitalize schools, congregations, and personal faith journies as participants come face to face with the breadth and importance of the Reformation, make new friends, connect with their heritage, and experience first hand how Church history can be a whole lot of fun.
How Will You Celebrate the Reformation Jubilee?

In 2017, you have the choice of three different weeks to accommodate your group's schedule.  All three festival weeks, May, June and October have the same content -- full of insight and discovery, new friends, and plenty of fun.

Welcome to three Festivals in 2017


Background info, downloads, and helpful links - all you need to know to get ready for the Festival experience.


Show: Talk about the Festival

To talk in your church about the Festival simply search for "Luther500" on Youtube to find uploads from previous Festival participants. Here are the "official" ones:
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Travel: Regulations and Safety

Germany is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As a U.S. citizen, you may enter Germany for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your entry into Germany begins the 90-day limit for the entire Schengen area. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area and contain at least two blank pages.
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U.S. Ambassador's greeting to the group leaders of the 2015' Luther500 Festival

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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

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(Trivia, fun, and) Facts about Germany

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Good to Know For Pleasant Traveling: Money, Electricity, Jet lag... pdf-signet.gif Luther500 Festival


Start registration:  May 29- June 4, 2017  |  June 19- 25, 2017  |  October 2- 8, 2017