“My fatherland was Eisleben” – is, like many things Luther said of his own life, not quite true. The reformer was certainly born and also died here, but spent precious little time in the place in between. Nevertheless the small yet sprawling and fairly plain little town is absolutely focused on him. It invented itself as a place of pilgrimage as early as 1689 when it started preserving its Luther-related landmarks and finally renamed itself LUTHERSTADT EISLEBEN in 1946.
The Eisleber Wiesenmarkt (wiesenmarkt.de), a giant Volksfest, takes place at the start of September and is the liveliest event in the annual calendar.