An idea becomes reality

The Reformation that Martin Luther started in Wittenberg spread worldwide. The upcoming Reformation anniversary celebration will effectively bring out this aspect in the town of Wittenberg. In preparation for the 500-year Reformation celebration, the Luthergarten will emerge 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. From that central place, 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. 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. A path lined by Silver Linden trees spans the entire space. Later, a Luther rose will be embedded in the ground at the intersection of two tree avenues.

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. Shaped is this part of the Luthergarten 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 will be 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”.

How the Luthergarten Andreasbreite is developing until 2017 you can learn here: “The garden grows".

Zentrum Luthergarten

Next plantings:

June  8 Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL, USA
June 14 Mission 21, Basel, Switzerland
June 14 Evangelical Lutheran Congregation St. Thomas, Leipig, Germany
June 17 Ev. Luth. Congregation Divino Salvador, Puerto Rico and St. Luke in Middleton, WI, USA
June 26 Ev. Mission in Solidarity, EMS, Germany
June 26 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manchester, Missouri, USA
June 26 Ev. Luth. Congregations St. Bartholomäus, Germany, and St. Paul, Newark, Ohio
June 26 Grace Lutheran Church in Norfolk, Nebraska, USA
June 30 Ev. Baptist Congregation Rivoli, Italy, and Ev. Town Church Congregation Ravensburg, Germany
July  11 Rummelsberg Diaconia
July  17 Ev. Church Congregation Calau, Germany

Luthergarten Schlosskirche

Each euro allows the Luthergarten to grow!

It is not possible for all churches to raise the entire amount for the tree planting. But we do not want to exclude any church, particularly in this worldwide and ecumenical project. With your donation, you can help these churches to participate in the unique project Luthergarten.

Bank details:
Account holder: VELKD/LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg
IBAN: DE75 8006 3598 0000 4556 87
Bank:   Volksbank Wittenberg eG
            Collegienstraße 12
            06886 Lutherstadt
Purpose: tree planting WB + your name and address