Right at the heart of it all
Those travelling to Wittenberg by railway step off the train and right into the World Reformation Exhibition. This first of seven gate areas, aptly named “Welcome”, receives all visitors arriving at the main station.
Travellers are warmly received. They can enjoy a relaxed arrival here and plan their stay – buying tickets, picking up the current programme brochure and asking questions about the events. Information is also available in English and an international centre caters to the needs of foreign visitors from far and wide. Tour groups can start their days from a designated meeting point in this gate area. Information boards here provide information for orientation. Those who are tired after their journey will find comfortable seats to relax in while the kids let off steam in the adjoining play area.
The main attraction of the “Welcome” gate area is the observation tower in the form of a huge Bible. Designed by students at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, it was built expressly for the World Reformation Exhibition. A flight of stairs climbs 27 metres to the observation platform for an extraordinary view over the city. Welcome to Lutherstadt Wittenberg! Welcome to the World Reformation Exhibition!
An additional highlight is the Reformation Truck, which is parked at the main railway station. Leading up to the start of the World Reformation Exhibition, the truck travelled through 19 countries, stopping at 68 stations on its European Roadmap. At each station, the truck team collected Reformation stories in pictures, texts and videos that are now being shown. Some of the young volunteers who travelled in the truck are on-site to talk about their experiences. The path from the main railway station to the historic town centre is lined with banners recalling the stations of the European Roadmap. As an alternative to walking, visitors can rent a bicycle or take the shuttle bus into the town centre.
Be sure not to miss:
- Centre of the Reformation: From the top of the 27-metre-high observation platform, look out over the roofs of the city to the towers of the Castle Church and Town Church.
- Reformation Truck: Retrace the European Roadmap, experiencing 68 Reformation sites in pictures, films and conversations.
- Deutsche Bahn “Green Railway Station”: The newly built, environmentally friendly station is climate-neutral and just the second of its kind in Germany.