Köthen (Anhalt)

The New Fruitbearing Society is based in Köthen. It continues the tradition of cultivating language started by the first German language society, which was founded by Ludwig I, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen in 1617. The society offers exhibitions in the Köthen Castle and various events are held focusing on the cultivation of the German language.



Eike von Repgow complied and created the most important law book of the Middle Ages, the Sachsenspiegel, the oldest linguistic monument of German prose. The Kunstprojekt Sachsenspiegel (Art Project Sachsenspiegel) in Reppichau transforms the town into an open-air museum of medieval legal history, which is unique in Germany.



Gräfenhainichen is the birth place of the Protestant hymn writer Paul Gerhardt (1607 – 1676). The neo-classical Paul-Gerhardt-Kapelle (Paul Gerhardt Chapel) and its Paul Gerhardt Exhibition are worth a visit.



Martin Luther spent his childhood in Mansfeld. His parental home gives the viistor get a realistic impression of the environment he grew up in and how he was influenced by. The Bürger-Museum is dedicated to the Münchhausen-poet Gottfried August Bürger, who was born and raised in Molmerswende.



Eisleben is not only where Martin Luther was born and died, the town also influenced his linguistic creativity, which had an impact on the creation on how Modern High German was written language. Luther delivered his last sermons in St Andreas Church.



Reformer Thomas Müntzer worked in Allstedt, which was a Kaiserpfalz and a site of the Reformation. This was the place where he he held an all-German service for the very first time. Müntzer made a significant contribution to the German language with his writings and lyrics.



Merseburg, one of the oldest towns in Central Germany, is the home of a university and a cathedral. The town on the banks of the Saale River is known world-wide for the Merseburg Incantations, the oldest linguistic monument of Germanic paganism written in Old High German.



The most influential German advocate of the early romantics, Novalis, created the symbol of the era in his work which was the blue flower. He lived in Weißenfels from the age of 13 until his death at the age of 28. An exhibition commemorates his life and works.



Gotha, the former residence city, hsa a long history of education, publishing and theatre. This was the place where people such as the reformant Friedrich Myconius, the educator Andreas Reyher, the publisher Justus Perthes and Joseph Meyer as well as the actor Conrad Ekhof worked in. Their activities nurtured the German language in different ways. Libraries and museums at the Friedenstein castle offer the immersion of the vibrant tradition.



The Rutheneum - birth place of the DUDEN. Konrad Duden compiled his first spelling rules in Schleiz. The museum inside the house showcases Konrad Duden’s work and the history of book, he created (The complete Orthopaphic Dictionary of German).



Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was born in Kamenz in 1729 and also spent his childhood here. Since 2011 Lessing has been the focus of a new permanent exhibition in the Lessing Museum, which originally opened in 1931. Visitors can discover authentic places in Kamenz where he spent of his early years.



Under The Dessau Scientific Library contains a massice collection of original manuscripts. Among them are the Memory of the World "Luther's Roman Text Readings", the "Elementarwerk" (valuable Cranach Bible by Basedow) and the text templates of WIlhelm Müller, the poet who was born in Dessau. The important highlights of the reformation, from the enlightenment to the modern era, can be found within the Museum für Statdgeschichte (Johannbau).


Buchdorf Mühlbeck-Friedersdorf

Mühlbeck-Friedersdorf is Germany’s first Buchdorf (book village). It has aimed to collect, cultivate and spread writings in German. There are ten antiquarian booksellers at eight locations; public readings by authors are hosted regularly.


Goethestadt Bad Lauchstädt

The Kurtheater (Goethe Theatre), which still has the original stage machinery, was built in 1802 in Lauchstädt and is one of the most important memorial sites of Goethe’s work. Guided tours as well as a stroll through the spa gardens makes a wonderful way to conclude a visit to Bad Lauchstädt.


Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Wittenberg is the cradle of Reformation. The Castle Church with its famous Thesentür is located here as well as the graves of Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthons. Lucas Cranachs also worked in Wittenberg. Luther’s former home hosts the biggest Reformation museum worldwide.



Grimma located on the river Mulde and is closely assiciated with German literature. Paul Gerhardt went to school in Grimma. Here Göschen created his own private idyll and Seume’s Spaziergang nach Sykarus was started here.



The roots of the high German language of today can be found in the so-called Meißner Kanzleisprache, who were already assising Luther when he translated the holy scriptures to German. The poet Gotthold Ephraim Lessig and Christian Fürchtegott Gellert visited the school of Lords in Meißen. The cultuvation of the German language is achieved by various events, such as the annual literature festival.


Reichenbach im Vogtland

Frederike Caroline Neuber, born in 8 March 1697 in Reichenbach im Vogtland, was an actress, a theatre director and an author. From 1727 to 1756, with interruptions, she led her own theatre group which performed in various German cities. Neuber was one of the central figures of the early development of the German theatre. Neuber passed away in 29 November 1760 in Laubegast, near Dresden.



Two wordsmiths from Schwarzenbach still influence to German vocabulary to this day: The poet Jean Paul with his Aphorism and the comic translator Erika Fuchs with her echoism, letering and inflective (to her honour, "Ericative").



Friedrich Rückert, poet and orientalist, lived with his parents in 1809-1818 and 1812-1815 in Ebern. Here, he wrote his poems such as Amaryllis Sonette "Fünf Märlein zum Einschläfern für Schwesterlein". Sounds were added to many of his poems.



Löbitz, a district of the Mertendorf community, is Eugen Diederichs' (a publisher) birthplace. He spent his childhood in Löbitz and in Naumburg and worked as a book merchant in Halle and as a publisher in Leipzig. Due to close proximity to the residence regions Naumburg, Zeitz and Weißenfels, there are many cultural attractions.



Meineweh, a community member of the Wethautal municipality, was the residence area of the moral philosopher Christian Fürchtegott Gellert. During his time, he was one of he most successful authors. Due to the close proximity to the residence regions Naumburg, Zeitz and Weißenfels, there are many cultural attractions.