Luther Trail Tour Tip: 'Martin Luther's sermon and Thomas Müntzer's birth place'

Hiking route · Harz
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
42.2 km
Duration
15:30h
Ascent
955 m
Descent
948 m
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In Nordhausen and in the Südharz region, the idea of the Reformation caught on most quickly and captured the hearts and minds of the people.
Discover the key places of the Reformation – Nordhausen where Luther’s sermons were extremely popular and Stolberg where the revolutionary Thomas Müntzer was born.

Cross the picturesque landscape of the Südharz region and hike through the mixed forests on the border with Saxony-Anhalt.

Discover the little churches along the route with histories that stretch back into the dark ages to the medieval period. Lots of stations along the way that have been shaped by changes over time, particularly the Reformation, tell of great reformers and peasant leaders.

Author’s recommendation

It's best to divide this round trip between two days; one day to get to Stolberg and one day to get back.
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difficult
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Highest point
487 m
Lowest point
196 m
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Start

Nordhausen (210 m)
Coordinates:
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51.500571, 10.796952
DMS
51°30'02.1"N 10°47'49.0"E
UTM
32U 624725 5707023
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Destination

Nordhausen

Turn-by-turn directions

Nordhausen - Himmelgarten - Steigerthal - Stempeda - Rodishain - Hainfeld - Stolberg - Rodishain - AND BACK

It's best to split this round trip into two days; one day to get to Stolberg and one day to get back.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can get to Nordhausen easily using Deutsche Bahn. Stolberg is connected to the Harzer Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH network and has a regular bus service.

Getting there

Coming from the A38, take exit 10 ‘Nordhausen-West’. Then continue north-east along Kasseler Landstraße towards Nordhausen.

Parking

Please use the town centre underground carpark 'Vor dem Vogel'. Link

Coordinates

DD
51.500571, 10.796952
DMS
51°30'02.1"N 10°47'49.0"E
UTM
32U 624725 5707023
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Sturdy shoes and hiking sticks
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Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH 
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Author
Paul Hentschel
Updated: January 02, 2017

Travel Guide: Hikes in Harz


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