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Wittenberg's Town Hall and Martin Luther statue iStock / hansok

Wittenberg, Germany

Wittenberg, located in northeast Germany, is often the main attraction on Elbe River sailings. The town can trace its history back to 1180, when it was founded as as a Flemish fishing village. In 1760, Wittenberg was nearly destroyed by bombing and fire during the Seven Years War. But the town was rebuilt and restored in the late 1800s, and remains a charming stop to explore with plenty of interesting architecture and shops.

What We Love

The Local Cuisine: On our Elbe River sailing, we docked right across the street from Zum Goldenen Anker, a pub that's worth visiting for the variety of Schnitzel alone. The hours vary depending on the season, though, so be sure to call ahead.

Best Known For

Martin Luther: Wittenberg is the birthplace of the Lutheran church and all things Martin Luther. This is where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church, beginning the Protestant Reformation in 1517.

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Who It's Best For

Religious Travelers: This is a place that anyone of the Lutheran faith should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

It's Popular in Summertime: This is one busy place in the warm-weather months, and while the town is walkable from where river cruise ships dock, that walk takes visitors through some heavy traffic. Still, a stroll into town is worth battling the cars and there are a variety of restaurants and cafes along the way. 

by: Chris Owen
Chris Owen

Chris Owen is a Florida-based travel writer and photographer.

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