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500th anniversary of the Reformation

In 2017 the protestant church is celebrating an important event: the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

On October 31, 2017 protestants will celebrate that historic day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, an act which shook the religious world of the time.

The 500th Reformation anniversary also means a great deal to Heidelberg. The then capital of the Kurpfalz (the Electoral Palatinate) played an important role in the spreading of the new doctrine. On April 26, 1518, Martin Luther visited Heidelberg, residence of the Elector Princes. As in Wittenberg, he proclaimed his 95 theses and defended himself before the General Chapter of the Augustine monks at the famous Heidelberg Defense. The commemorative Luther plaque marks where the Augustine abbey once stood. In 1563 the famous Heidelberg Catechism was formulated, the most significant confessional document in the reformed christian faith the world over.

You will find the background to Martin Luther and the Reformation in Heidelberg here.

Events and activities in Heidelberg

Varied, exciting and uniting: The events taking place in Heidelberg as part of the Reformation anniversary celebrations demonstrate how current Martin Luther and the basic ideas of the Reformation are even 500 years later.

  • A varied program celebrating Heidelberg as a “European Reformation City”, from October 31,  2017 to the end of April 2018
    The communities and institutions of the protestant church in Heidelberg have planned some 80 events throughout the city and suburbs to celebrate the anniversary. You can find the program outlined here.

City Walking Tour as part of the Reformation Anniversary Celebration

  • Group tour: “Following Martin Luther’s Footsteps through Heidelberg“ Themed tour for groups of up to 28. Duration:  90 minutes.
    Available in German, French, English, Italian and Spanish.
    more information


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