An idea becomes reality

The Reformation that Martin Luther started in Wittenberg spread worldwide. The Reformation anniversary celebration effectively brought out this aspect in the town of Wittenberg. In preparation for the 500-year Reformation celebration, the Luthergarten has emerged in different locations on town grounds until 2017.


Luthergarten Andreasbreite

The initial site for the Luthergarten is in the ramparts at the Andreasbreite. Since November 1, 2009, 292 trees have been planted there. At the center of the elliptical garden is a space in the shape of a Luther rose. Between the petals of the Luther Rose, five linden trees have been planted by worldwide Christian communions. The importance of the cross is underlined by the art installation “heavens cross” by Thomas Schönauer which was inaugurated in June 2016. From that Luther Rose, seven paths symbolically lead into the world. A main path, lined with a row of linden trees, traces a heavenly bow through the garden. On the other avenues, different tree species from five continents are consciously mixed, emphasizing the international character of the project. Between these avenues are meadows with scattered local fruit trees, planted more randomly in contrast to the orderly avenues.

Here are located the trees number 1 – 292.
A detailed list of trees and sponsors can be found in “List of all trees”


Luthergarten New Town Hall

The second site for the Luthergarten with 106 trees is in the ramparts next to the New Town Hall. Here, a path lined by Silver Linden trees spans the entire space. The present form of this area reflects the city's history since the conversion of the fortress at the beginning of the 19th century. An area that for long time was used for military purposes is now completely converted by the inclusion of the Luthergarten project. Green spaces are created in the overall structure of the ramparts, where a circular route connects different portions of the Luthergarten within walking distance.

Here are located the trees number 293 – 398.
A detailed list of trees and sponsors can be found in “List of all trees”


Luthergarten at Luther House

The third site of the Luthergarten with 102 trees is at the Eastern entry to the historic city center between Luther Oak and Luther House. This part of the Luthergarten is shaped by Silver Linden trees on both sides of the street and by additional woody plants which give the old university park a new structured look. Close to the Luther House and the former university visitors get in the right mood for the special atmosphere of Luther’s town. This site is part of the overall structure of the former ramparts, where a circular route connects the three parts of the Luthergarten within walking distance. With these trees the goal of 500 trees within the project Luthergarten is reached. The total number stands for the 500 years of Reformation (1517 – 2017).

In this part of the Luthergarten you can find the tree numbers 399 – 500.
A detailed list of trees and sponsors can be found in “List of all trees”.




Zentrum Luthergarten

Next plantings:

Oct 10 Evangelical Church District Großbeeren, Germany
Oct 26 Diocese Lapua, Finland
Oct 29 Ecumenical Council Berlin Brandenburg, Germany
Oct 29 Ev. Church Congregation Bad Schmiedeberg, Germany