I continued a consecutive annual streak going back to 2001.
I’ve set foot inside Germany at least once every year since 2001. I’d already claimed another consecutive year with a short stint in the spring, but autumn “at home” in Germany* solidly confirmed a 16th consecutive year in the country.
As motivation to trace Martin Luther’s footsteps for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 and to learn more about the impact of the Bauhaus art and design movement for the centenary in 2019, I embarked on a press-trip in autumn 2016 to the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt to visit these five cities:
• Dessau – Bauhaus headquarters from 1925-1932;
• Eisleben – where Luther was born and where he died;
• Halle an der Saale – Luther’s death mask and hands;
• Mansfeld (Südharz) – Luther’s formative years in his parents’ house; and
• Wittenberg – where Luther spent a large part of his career.
The following glimpses offer a preview of my upcoming coverage for each of the five towns.