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Luther Trail: Section 26 – From Apolda to Jena

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  • Loby - Schwarzer Bär - Jena
    / Loby - Schwarzer Bär - Jena
    Photo: Hotel Schwarzer Bär Jena Osburg OHG, Thüringer Tourismusverband Jena-Saale-Holzland e.V.
  • St. Michael und JenTower - Jena
    / St. Michael und JenTower - Jena
    Photo: Jens Hauspurg, Thüringer Tourismusverband Jena-Saale-Holzland e.V.
Map / Luther Trail: Section 26 – From Apolda to Jena
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From the town of bells, this section takes you across Napoleon’s battle fields to the university town of Jena where Luther often spent time.
moderate
16.5 km
5:30 h
283 m
308 m
Apolda was first mentioned in 1119. This document states that Apolda is a settlement with two churches – St Martin’s and St John’s Chapel. The chapel was pulled down in 1524 to build the castle; in the same year the town accepted the teachings of Luther.

The Luther Church dominates the cityscape of Apolda like no other. It is located in the centre of town on Melanchthonplatz square, it is the largest of the four Apolda churches and is brick-built, which is unusual for Thuringian churches. The architect Johannes Otzen designed the Luther Church, which was built between 1890 and 1894. This historical interior, which to this day remains unchanged, includes sculptures by Hermann Kokolsky and Wilhelm Haverkamp, a painting by Otto Berg and the stained glass window from the Maximilian Auerbach workshop. Another element of the original furnishings is the organ made by the company Wilhelm Sauer, which features 48 stops on three manuals and pedals.

Today the Luther Church is used for cultural events.

Following this 16 km long section of the Luther Trail south, you end up in Jena, where Luther stayed at least 11 times; sometimes in disguise to debate with students and sometimes in his role as the Reformer arguing with his adversaries.  Once the university was founded by John Frederick I, the town started to become a ‘second Wittenberg’.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break on Landgraf hill and enjoy the wonderful view of the city of Jena down in the basin!
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Author
Paul Hentschel
Updated: October 11, 2016

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
372 m
Lowest point
144 m
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Rest Stop

Hotel "Zur Noll" - Jena
Hotel Schwarzer Bär**** - Jena
Landgrafen Restaurant und Pension - Jena

Equipment

Sturdy shoes

Start

Apolda (172 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
51.023488, 11.515661
UTM
32U 676422 5655448

Destination

Jena Town Church

Turn-by-turn directions

Apolda – Schötener Grund – Schöten – Hermstedt – Krippendorf – Altengönna – Closewitz – Windknollen – Landgrafen – Jena

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Apolda and Jena are connected to the Deutsche Bahn local transport network.

Getting there

Coming from the A4, take exit 50 (Apolda) and continue on the B87 towards Apolda.

Parking

Please use the parking facilities in the centre (LINK) or at the castle (LINK).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.5 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
283 m
Descent
308 m
Public transport friendly In and out Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights

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