Schlosskirche Wittenberg bei Sonnenschein
©WelterbeRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg, Uwe Weigel

Castle church with theses door

Perhaps the most famous door in the world

The Wittenberg Castle Church is probably the most famous and popular destination in the old town of Wittenberg. The world-famous Theses Door, now a popular photo motif, is no longer the original door on which Luther probably posted his 95 theses. The door that now emblazons the site is cast in bronze and features Luther's theses. The castle tower, visible from afar, is framed by a line from one of Luther's hymns, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." The tower originally belonged to Wittenberg Castle along with a second tower that had been removed. Since 1996, the castle church has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Innenansicht der Schlosskirche Wittenberg
©WelterbeRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg, Uwe Weigel

The nave

The interior of the church is also impressive to look at. Both Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon found their final resting place here and visitors can pay a visit to their graves. In addition, the larger-than-life statues of nine key figures of the Reformation adorn the church's pilasters. 

The Castle Church continues to be actively used for church services, during which time the interior of the church is open only to participants in the service. Outside of church services, the church is open to all visitors. Public tours are also held on a regular basis.

Schloss Wittenberg im Sonnenuntergang

The castle

The renovated castle, to which the castle church once belonged, is now available to visitors as a meeting and information center. Until the renovation, which was completed in 2016, the castle has gone through some exciting times. Numerous rebuilds, fire, war and conversions have shaped the appearance of the castle, including the castle church.

The permanent exhibition in the castle houses the Christian Art Foundation's graphic collections, as well as changing special exhibitions on religious themes. By the way, if you climb the castle tower, you will have a unique view over Wittenberg and the surrounding nature parks. 

Special exhibition on the anniversary of the translation of the Bible

Under the name "Not One Genius Alone- The September Testament of 1522," the special exhibition at the Reformation History Research Library in Wittenberg Castle focuses on Luther's first Bible translation exactly 500 years ago. In the exhibition, you can admire Luther's original translations, as well as earlier and later Bible prints that influenced Luther and his companions.

The exhibition was developed as a cooperation between the Research Library of the History of the Reformation and the European Melanchthon Academy in Bretten.

Blick vom Turm der Schlosskirche auf die Stadtkirche St. Marien Wittenberg

Opening hours

Castle Church 

November - January
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
February - Good Friday
Monday-Saturday: 10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m., Sunday: 11.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Holy Saturday - October
Monday-Saturday: 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., Sunday: 11.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Castle Tower

November - January
Monday-Saturday: 10.00 - 15.00, Sunday:11.30 - 15.00
February - Good Friday
Monday-Saturday: 10.00 - 14.00, Sunday:11.30 - 14.00
Holy Saturday - October
Monday-Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00 h, Sunday:11.30 - 16.00 h

Short-term changes are possible at any time due to events.

Impressions

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Prices

In the context of tourist visits, the Castle Church charges a maintenance fee. This does not apply to acts of worship or official church, church or cultural events.

Adults: 2,00 € Reduced*: 1,00 €
Children and pupils under 18 years: free
*Students up to 27 years of age, severely disabled persons (with B ID also accompanying person reduced), family or social pass of Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

Accessibility

The castle church as well as the castle Wittenberg are barrier-free.

Public tours castle church

Dates: from 16.04.2022 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Note: Please note that due to events, there may always be last-minute changes to opening hours or cancellations of tours.

Prices public guided tour:
4,00 € per person
2,50 € per person reduced
Tickets are available at the visitor center in the castle.
Duration: approx. 45 minutes

Church services in the castle church

Church services are held every Sunday at 10:00 am. For children there is a children's service during the sermon. On every 1st Sunday of the month the service is celebrated as a communion service with wine and on every 3rd Sunday with grape juice.

Organ point 12

From May to October every Thursday at 12 noon. Admission is free of charge.

Wittenberg English Ministry

Between May and the end of October, international pastors hold English-language services in the Castle Church, City Church and Chapel, attracting people from all over the world. The pastors come from the USA, Canada and Australia and give tourists from all over the world the opportunity to pursue their faith in the birthplace of the Reformation.

The pastors support the Tourist Information staff in advising English-speaking guests and always have an open ear for anyone who wants to talk about faith, life or problems. 

More information directly on the homepage of the Wittenberg English Ministry.

Castle tower tour

Prices:
Adults € 3.00, reduced € 2.00 (pupils, students, severely disabled).
Children up to 3 years of age can enter the tower free of charge and must be carried in the arms to pass. You can get the coins for the tower tour at the visitor center of the castle church or from us at the tourist information at the castle square.

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With the World HeritageCard you can take part in the guided tour of the castle church free of charge.

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