Luther’s Wedding

The Wittenberg Festival 1994–2018

The idea for the festival Luther’s Wedding was born in 1993 following the festivities for the 700th anniversary of Wittenberg’s charter.

The celebrations included a weekend festival, which proved enormously popular among participants and visitors alike.

Afterwards, city officials and members of the public met to discuss the possibility of making it an annual festival.

A wedding is always a wonderful occasion for a celebration! And with Wittenberg already immortalized by Martin Luther, what better than to celebrate Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora’s wedding, which originally took place in June 1525?

Several public meetings were held to collect ideas and find performers. The procession was actually rehearsed weeks beforehand with about 100 participants in order to fine-tune the exact route and other details.

Although initially people had to be sweet-talked into acting historical characters or marching in the pageant, since then nearly thirty historical societies have been set up which now provide the lion’s share of the festival’s participants.

When Luther’s Wedding was first held in 1994, it attracted some 50,000 spectators. Two years later, this figure rose to 70,000 – and nowadays around 100,000 people turn up every year.

Today, the happy couple is escorted through Wittenberg’s old town by a procession made up of over 2000 wedding guests attired in magnificent historical costumes.

Three days long, visitors are entertained by hundreds of performers and stallholders at the traditional fair, and fortified by an array of delicious food and drink.

This wedding ceremony unparalleled in Germany attracts excited visitors from the rest of the country, Europe and even the USA.

In 2018, the famous couple will be holding their Saturday wedding banquet on the Market Square after being accompanied through the old town by over 2,000 wedding guests dressed up to the nines. This historical parade starting at 2pm on Saturday is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the festival weekend.

Over 10,000 spectators are expected to attend this annual spectacle, which is unparalleled in central Germany. A varied, sumptuous programme presented at historic locations associated with the Reformation can be enjoyed from Friday until Sunday. Castle Church with its famous door to which Martin Luther nailed his 95 Propositions in 1517 will be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the traditional fair. Jugglers and musicians will be demonstrating their skills, there’ll be a host of fascinating craft stalls, and all sorts of deliciously tempting food and drink can be sampled. And fortunately, the castle guard and even a team of mercenaries will be on hand to protect onlookers from near and far!

For more information, contact:
Lutherstadt Wittenberg Marketing GmbH
Markt 4
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Tel.: +49 3491 419260
Fax: +49 3491 419264

Luther’s Wedding: Future dates

  • 8–10 June 2018
  • 14–16 June 2019
  • 12–14 June 2020

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