Luther500 Fest - June 14-20, 2021, is a week-long experience of vacation, cultural immersion, fun and friendship in the Land of Luther. Since 2011, the Luther500 Fest has been the best and easiest way to bring congregations, families and friends to Germany to explore the steps of Martin Luther.
It's a quick, simple, and enjoyable way for any congregation to offer a congregational trip to the Land of Luther: Small congregations get all the advantages of group travel without needing to bring a group of forty or more. Bring a few, and join in with new friends on the trip!
The 2021 Fest begins in Wittenberg, Germany, and ends in Worms (the city, that is!).
The days are framed by brief morning and evening prayers in the historic churches, and filled by a wide variety of options and discovery for all ages, including Interest Centers, Day Trips, Recreation Options, and Historic Exhibits and Museums, along with plenty of time for shopping, strolling, eating, exploring, conversing, relaxing and reflecting. There is optional evening programing with music, group fun for all ages, and overflowing "Gemutlichkeit" after evening prayers.
It was in 1521, when Dr. Martin Luther was called to the Imperial Diet of Worms to revoke his beliefs. But he stood firm for his faith, and confessed to Pope and Kaiser: "Here I Stand." He was declared outlaw and heretic, but not executed like other Reformers before him. For the first time in modern European history, resistance against the authorities led the way into modern society, civil rights, and autonomy.
It was in Worms that Luther and his fellows were called "Protestants" for the first time - a proud name the Lutheran Church still bears today.