The small town of Wittenberg, once a Saxon town, is the place where Martin Luther, a monk and student, posted his 95 revolutionary theses on the grievances of the Church in 1517, thus provoking the beginning of the Protestant movement that was to overthrow the Christian world in the West.

Wittenberg is not only an obligatory "pilgrimage" for those interested in the Reformation, it has also fully preserved its historic centre. One third of it was certainly destroyed in the 17th century during the Thirty Years War, but two thirds of it was destroyed and beautiful reconstructions (18th-19th century) remain. With its important monuments and beautiful streets, this city on the banks of the Elbe can be an excellent day trip from Halle, especially as it is well served by the Berlin/Leipzig and Berlin/Halle railway lines.

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