Kloster Buch © W.Siesing

Kloster Buch © W.Siesing

Kloster Nimbschen © W.Siesing

Kloster Nimbschen © W.Siesing

Kloster Nimbschen©Siesing

Kloster Nimbschen©Siesing

Churches and monasteries on the Luther Trail

The monasteries on the Luther Trail in Saxony are set against truly magnificent landscapes. The building artistry of the Cistercians was revolutionary for the Middle Ages and yielded architectural masterpieces. When the monasteries were dissolved in the course of the Reformation, gardeners under the employ of Electors often planted romantic landscape parks in the English style, in which the walls of the monastery were incorporated. Parks, romantic ruins, partially well-preserved chapels and outbuildings now hark back to a past in which the monastery operations established fruit cultivation in the Saxon Obstland (fruit country). The monastery farms were places of hard work and prayer. Impressive stories and personalities are linked with the Saxon monastery landscape.
The abundance of churches with historic organ architecture in the Leipzig region is extraordinary, and tells of the unique cultural tastes of previous centuries. The Luther Trail in Saxony offers the opportunity to discover how the changes of the Reformation left their mark on the construction and design of Protestant churches. Luther introduced the word ‘gastfrei’ (hospitable) to the German language. To his students, he recommended: “There is hospitality wherever the church is”.