Luther’s friend Georg Burkhard (Spalatin) was active in the former Cistercian monastery in Georgenthal. It is said that he gave Luther the bible that he later translated into German during his stay at Wartburg Castle.
Reinhardsbrunn monastery in Friedrichroda, the family monastery of the counts, was one of the most significant Benedictine monasteries in Thuringia. During his stay in Wartburg Castle, Luther visited this monastery many times. In the grounds you can find the Spiritual Tourism Information and Exhibition Centre. On his journey to the Schmalkalden Council, Luther stopped in Walterhausen on 6 February 1537.
As the district vicar for the Augustinian convents in Meißen and Thuringia, he was also responsible for the Augustinian Monastery in Gotha. He stayed there many times and preached in the Augustinian Church. Friedrich Myconius, Luther’s fellow campaigner and Reformer in Gotha, was particularly active on Luther’s behalf from 1524 until his death in 1546. In the area around Gotha the Luther Trail connects the Versöhnungskirche church (pilgrims’ hostel), the Augustinian Monastery and Church (one of the oldest monasteries in Thuringia), the central marketplace, Schlossberg hill, and Friedenstein Castle and grounds.
Coming from the A4, take exit 42 (Gotha) and continue on the B247 towards Ohrdruf. Turn right at Hohenkirchen onto the L1028 towards Georgenthal / Tambach-Dietharz.
A public carpark is located on Burgstallstraße just south of the spa gardens in Tambach-Dietharz.