Lu­ther­stadt Eisleben

Common Responsibility – Redeveloping the Luther City

Lutherstadt Eisleben, a former mining city in the district of Mansfelder Land, based its urban renewal on the region’s historic heritage. As part of IBAIBA Internationale Bauausstellung Stadtumbau 2010, a concept-driven urban renewal plan governed the demolition and preservation as well as ambitious new buildings. The so-called Lutherweg route now connects places associated with reformer Martin Luther, the city’s most famous son.

Eisleben had lost one fifth of its citizens due to the job losses in the mining industry. One quarter of the building substance in the historic old town was left unused. The memory of reformer Martin Luther, who was born and died in Eisleben, provided the UNESCO World Heritage city with a starting point for urban development. An informal planning committee, the “Gemeinschaftswerk Lutherstadtumbau“, initiated idea and concept workshops which resulted in the Lutherweg route. It runs across the inner city and includes surprising stops. The Lutherweg starts at Luther’s Birthplace, a multi-award-winning new building, that blends into the UNESCO listed ensemble of buildings in its modern architectural language. In the “whispering Garden”, visitors can listen to Luther, admire the silhouette of Eisleben from the city terraces and relax on the “Wortbank”, a bench bearing quotations from Martin Luther’s sermons, outside the Church of St. Andreas, where he preached before his death. The route ends at Luther’s last residence in the city’s museums quarter. The urban renewal plan integrated sensitive preservation concerns, but also used demolition as a way of upgrading redesigned open spaces. The overall look of the inner city has changed, making Lutherstadt Eisleben a far more popular destination for tourists.

Further IBAIBA Internationale Bauausstellung