Luther himself preached at the Weida parish church in 1530. In the same year, Luther’s supporters wanted the Protestant faith to be recognised by imperial law. Philipp Melanchthon drew up the Augsburg Confession, which was handed over to Emperor Karl V at the Augsburg Diet.
The most significant site in Weida is Osterburg Castle, which was built between 1163 and 1193, and was the ancestral castle of the ‘Vögte’ (lord protectors).
On 8 September 1193, the Weida Vogt Heinrich II – also known as Heinrich the Rich – funded the Premonstratensian monastery in Mildenfurth. Around 330 years later, the decline of the monastery began due to the influence of Lutheran teachings.
The imposing Church of St. Vitus in Wünschendorf is over 1000 years old; it is unmissable and dominates the landscape. This precious sacral building is the oldest church in the former Vogtland region. Legend has it that the church was initially a castle chapel that was built in 974.
This section of the Luther Trail ends in Gera, the town of Otto Dix. The Reformation arrived in Gera in 1533.