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

Pre-Festival: Come early and get acclimated

Frankfurt Römer

All festivals start with a German BBQ Bratwurst-grilling welcome on Monday evening in Wittenberg. Airport shuttles leave from Berlin TXL airport at 11am and 1pm, and from Frankfurt FRA at 12noon. You can book the shuttles in the “Add-ons” section.

It might be a good idea to come to Germany a few days early to get acclimated to the different time zone. Because there are many other events for the Reformation Jubilee, no hotel rooms will be available before the festival in Wittenberg. But you could spend a day or two either in Frankfurt or Berlin, and then take the shuttles to Wittenberg on Monday.

Here are some ideas what to do in Frankfurt or Berlin before the Festival:

... Frankfurt | ... Berlin


... in Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main is the dynamic and international financial and trade fair city. The city with the most high-rise buildings in Germany, it has the only "American looking" skyline in Germany. But the city in the heart of Germany and Europe can offer many other facets and contrasting variety. Near to the skyscrapers you can find cozy Apple Wine pubs and historical sights again and again.

Frankfurt is the birthplace of the most popular German writer and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

From 1356 onwards, emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were elected in Frankfurt's Kaiserdom Cathedral as kings in Germany, and from 1562 to 1792, emperors-elect were crowned here.

Frankfurt's Paulskirche (St. Paul's Church) became the cradle of German democrazy when in 1848, after a revolution, the first National Assembly developed a first constitution for a united Germany. Nowadays, the annual awarding of the of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade takes place in the Paulskirche during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

And Frankfurt is still under reconstruction: After being destroyed in WWII and reconstructed in a modern way in the 1950s and 1960s, the Frankfurters are currently rebuilding their historic center. Historical alleyways, romantic squares, picturesque courtyards and grand patricians' houses: Until its destruction in the Second World War, the structure of the old city of Frankfurt had grown organically over centuries. The hustle and bustle in the pubs, shops and craftsmen's workshops had always attracted a lot of visitors to the area between the Cathedral and the Römer, the main square in the centre of Frankfurt. With the completion of the DomRömer Quarter in 2017, this very special atmosphere will be returning to the heart of Frankfurt.

There are plenty of great things to see and do for a day or two before traveling to the Festival on the shuttle at noon on Monday.

Helpful links:

> Hotels Frankfurt Airport

> Frankfurt Sightseeing and Excursions

> Frankfurt Tourist Information

> Reconstruction of the Historic Center



... in Berlin

There is no doubt that the German capital offers plenty of things to do before the Festival. You can do all the great sightseeing in Berlin first, and then have more time for different day excursions during the Festival. Your city sightseeing for sure has to include the Reichstag Parliament, Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust memorial, and the Berlin Wall Memorial. Possibilities for shopping are endless, and museums cover every possible topic you would like to see in a museum.

In 2017, Berlin will also be the location of one out of three "National Exhibitions" for the Reformation Jubilee. The others will be in Wittenberg and at the Wartburg and can be visited during the festival as well.

There are plenty of great things to see and do for a day or two before traveling to the Festival on the shuttle at 9am or 1pm on Monday.

Helpful links:

> Hotels Berlin Airport  

> > "Hotel Tiergarten" (Michael's Favorite)

> Berlin Sightseeing and Excursions

> Berlin Tourist Information




show_logo.php?no=0&pk=shuttleThe festival provides shuttles by motor coaches from Frankfurt FRA and Berlin TXL airports before and after all festivals. Shuttles leave from Frankfurt on Festival-Mondays at 12noon, and from Berlin TXL at 11am and 1pm. Just book your shuttle online at the "add-on" of your Festival in the > Registration.
If you can not reach one of our shuttles because your flight comes in at a different time, here is how you get to Wittenberg:
- From Frankfurt Airport take > the train to "Wittenberg, Lutherstadt."
- From Berlin you'ld rather book your own, private shuttle. Use > shuttle-pool.com for your online reservation.


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