500 Years of Reformation - 500 Trees in Wittenberg

The Luthergarten is an ecumenical and interactive monument for the Reformation anniversary in 2017, initiated by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

In September 2008, the foundation stone was laid for this project, whose design was developed by landscape architect Dr. Andreas Kipar from Milan.

Christian world communities, churches, and congregations worldwide have planted 500 trees in Wittenberg and corresponding trees in their home churches. Beyond the anniversary year of 2017, people worldwide are invited to help the Luthergarten continue to grow as a global network through the “500+” project.

In addition, the LWF Center Wittenberg offers guided tours and devotions in the Luthergarten.

For detailed information, visit the Luthergarten website at

A peaceful location in the middle of the city. Summer in the Luthergarten at Andreasbreite, 2015. Photo: M. Schoeneberg
500 years of Reformation - 500 trees in Wittenberg. An aerial view from the east shows the Luthergarten at Andreasbreite and the Castle Church with the newly renovated castle in 2017. Photo: Steffen Mainka
The Luthergarten brings together ecumenical partnerships with institutions in more than 100 countries. On 18 May 2016, Thathapudi Matthews Emanuel (left) symbolically planted a tree for the Andhra Christian Theological College in Hyderabad, India. Photo: LWF Center Wittenberg
Biodiversity in the Luthergarten: Thirty-five tree species from different continents symbolize the international diversity of the Luthergarten. 2017, photo: LWF Center Wittenberg
Art in the Luthergarten: The Heaven’s Cross (Himmelskreuz), designed by artist Thomas Schönauer, was inaugurated during the 2016 LWF Council meeting, which took place in Wittenberg. Photo: Steffen Mainka
During spring, colorful cherry blossoms bloom in the Luthergarten. April 2021, Photo: LWF Center Wittenberg
Autumn invites a walk in the Luthergarten to enjoy the colors of the season. 2015, Photo: M. Schoeneberg
The snow-covered Luthergarten in the winter of 2021. Photo: LWF Center Wittenberg
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