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Traveling the Luther Trail in Germany for 500th anniversary of Reformation

Stepping from a Martin Luther-focused museum built in 2015 into the Luther House, where the noted religious reformer had lived as a schoolboy from 1498-1501, is like going back in time.

Visitors walk behind a first small model design (1858) for the Luther monument in Worms during the press preview of the national special exhibition “Luther and the Germans” at the Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther translated the New Testament to German, in Eisenach, Germany, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. | Jens Meyer, Associated Press

“With one step, we’ve gone across 500 years,” said Malcolm Crowson, of Eisenach, Germany.

The whole of Germany is stepping across half a millennium in 2017 as it celebrates the 500th anniversary of Luther setting the Reformation in motion on Oct. 31, 1517, when he is said to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg.

Germany is inviting the rest of the world to visit and celebrate 2017 with a year full of exhibits, festivals and other activities. There is serious historical scholarship, such as three national exhibits looking at Luther’s impact on the world, but there is a sense that this is a time to have fun and find a way to get everyone in on the celebration.

Playmobil toy company has created a special “Little Luther” to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. | Geoff Griffin

Playmobil toy company has made a special edition “Little Luther” complete with a quill pen and Bible that can be found everywhere. There are Luther socks inscribed with, “Here I stand, I can do no other.” Luther rubber ducks. Luther comic books….

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