Castle Church
Castle Church
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Tomi Wickman
Helsinki, Finland2,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a place all christians should visit and especially lutherans. But also others to reflect your christian values. Grave, painting and statue of Martin Luther and ofcourse the important theses. Do you recall any of the over 90 of them?
Written June 1, 2019
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
An important historical heritage.

The main portal of the church which was used by the staff to pin up messages. On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther pinned his 95 theses against the corruption of the Catholic Church. The act is viewed as a key catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.

Of course, the original wooden door was long gone. The current bronze door was put up in the 19 century. So don’t ask why a paper could be pinned on a bronze door.

Another must see. At the entrance to the choir are the tombs of Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon.

Cherished the memories of great men, when visiting the church.
Written November 9, 2017
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ABK
Storm Lake, IA104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
It is difficult to really rate Schlosskirche or Castle Church as an “attraction." How can you think of a singular historical location with immeasurable significance as an “attraction”? If you are interested in history, have a particular interest in church history, are an observant Protestant Christian, and/or are specifically Lutheran---well, this place will be amazing to you simply for what it is: the church on whose doors Martin Luther posted his 95 theses in 1517 protesting corruption in the Catholic church, thereby sparking the Protestant Reformation! Standing where Luther stood, knowing how history was shaped because of his actions, is simply astounding. And for the less interested, but still historically aware traveler, this church is still more than worth stopping at with much to learn.

Martin Luther is buried in the floor of the church, as is Philip Melanchthon and other important church leaders. The stained glass in the sanctuary is lovely, with a notable window being the one at the back, depicting the Luther Rose. I confess I did not take the time to look closely and appreciate the statues of the famous figures of the Reformation along the sides of the sanctuary; if there again someday, I would like to spend more time taking those in.

Additional notes: Visitors can see the doorway where the theses were posted (original wooden doors were destroyed by fire) and tour the interior of the church easily in 1-2 hours. English is the secondary language on the signage. Also, there are not public restrooms in the church. We were sent across the street to use restrooms that were in the same building as a restaurant and they were not exactly easy to find. (However, once we did, we noted they were quite clean).

I would recommend not missing Castle Church it if you are near Wittenberg--and even if you aren't it's a very good reason to visit. And one last mention--While in Wittenberg, you may also wish to visit the Stadtkirche or City Church, where Luther preached. I popped in there, but as my 11 and 9 year old children's patience was flagging I just took a quick look and didn't spend enough time there to review.
Written March 14, 2020
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William R
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
First, No one can compare anything to the historical beauty and significance of this wonderful church. The problem is getting into it. Before the recent “improvement” the nave was very easily accessible from the street level of Schlossplatz. Now, except for Sunday service they force folks around to the other side for a nice stair climb into a joint entry for the Church and the castle. And, if you’re handicapped, forget it. There’s a contraption at the stairs at the new entrance for the handicapped. But it’s about as easy to as threading a needle blindfolded. It really is like they don’t want as many guests and certainly no handicapped folks. Teeth on a chicken make more sense than this. Easy and convenient to difficult, tiring, and hard to understand. If that is an improvement, I’m the Pope.
Written October 30, 2021
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Ogre1969
Chevy Chase, MD85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016
The door has since been replaced by bronze ones with the 95 Theses engraved on them. The Church has just been reopened to tourists and there was still some work going on in early Nov, when we visited. I found the visit to be very moving.
Written December 6, 2016
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Cimmerianbloke
Rixensart, Belgium506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Solo
The Schlosskirche has a place apart in European history. The Reformation started in that very place. Even though Martin Luther is the rock star of Wittenberg, Philipp Melanchthon, another great Reformer, is linked to this place and is buried there. The church is neatly decorated and peaceful, that is, between the busloads of tourists that go through town at running pace. Worth a visit to see where Luther is buried, and for being the epicenter of the biggest European religious movement outside Rome. However, the outside of the church is currently undergoing heavy refection works in preview of 2017, which will be the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Entrance is free, photo permits costs 2€.
Written August 27, 2012
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gold-vintner
Indianapolis, IN1,276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If you have read any reviews of this landmark you know its' significance and I have little to add EXCEPT:

The door where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses is not the entrance to the church today. To enter the church (and to see his burial site) you need to walk to the opposite side of the building and go up several stairs to a door that is somewhat recessed.....you will wonder if that truly is the entrance.....once inside there is a 'gift' shop in front of you....you will need to go around that little shop and then descend a stairway to enter the church.....well worth the effort.
Written November 23, 2019
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Tonya V
Pea Ridge, AR664 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
So much history in this building that has been rebuilt many times. I got one of the booklets in the gift shop that explains the history and the various items in the church. I’m glad I did. I think it was €3 and well worth it.
Written March 15, 2019
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Jeff
Lehi, UT25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
While to church is impressive looking even during the major renovation, it was disappointing that it was closed to public assess. The renovation appears to be preparing the church for the 500 year anniversary in 2017. The door where Luther posted his 95 Thesis is viewable through a fence. The town is great and well worth the journey.
Written May 26, 2015
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Leland A
Zephyrhills, FL51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
The other reviewers are right about the 2 main churches being basically closed (renovations for 2017 celebrations). The Town Church is entirely closed. The Castle Church gives some access in its tours in German. Today, Saturday, there was a service at 5:00 in English in part of the Castle Church, right next to Luther's tomb. We took a 2:00 English tour (the office is across the street from the church). 2 hours long with a very well informed guide. wittenbergenglishministry.com has info on this. For us, it was either now or never, so it was very much worth the trip.
Written July 19, 2014
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