Wittenberg, in Eastern Germany, bills itself as the "Lutherstadt." Martin Luther launched the Reformation in 1517 by nailing his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg's Schlosskirche. Eight years later, he married Katherina von Bora, and their wedding is still being celebrated with the annual "Luthers Hochzeit" festival in Wittenberg.
The festival, which runs from June 11-13 this year, features a procession of some 1,000 wedding enthusiasts in historical costumes, a crafts fair, and other events. It draws an estimated 100,000 visitors to the city.
For more details, see the German National Tourist Office's Luther's Wedding page. To plan your stay in Wittenberg, visit the English-language section of Lutherstadt Wittenberg's Web site at www.wittenberg.de.
Photo: Christina Hanck.