Erfurt and Eisenach - In the Footsteps of Martin Luther
Moving on from Leipzig, a short train trip took us to Erfurt, in Thuringia, where we spent our days walking in the footsteps of Martin Luther.
Exploring the city, we enjoyed the graceful blending of modern and medieval architecture, and enjoyed the effective transit system of trams and buses that wisked us around the town, pondering why US cities more than twice its size cannot do the same. We tramped up the hill to visit the Zitadella, the fortress that defended the town, and enjoyed quiet moments just sitting in the many churches.
One day, we traveled by train to Eisenach to climb the stairs to the Wartburg, the rock perched castle where Martin Luther lived for a while, hiding out after Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Pope Leo X condemned his writings and declared him to be an outlaw and heretic.
Luther, earlier in his life, attended school in Eisenach in a beautiful half-timbered house, now a museum.
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