Cranach Courtyards

Lutherstadt Wittenberg / Germany

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The famous artist Lucas Cranach maintained the most important art workshop of his time and portrayed his friend, the reformer Martin Luther, among others. He also owned a printing company, that published Martin Luther's translation of the Bible.

The famous painter Lucas Cranach (the Elder) lived for almost half a century at the Saxon court in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, where he created the paintings that are now in the world's major museums. In the today´s Cranach Courtyards, he ran a successful painting workshop and a printing company. Martin Luther's translation of the Bible appeared here. Cranach also took over the only pharmacy in Wittenberg and acquired privileges for serving wine and beer. Today both farms are cultural monuments of national importance. In the historic Cranach House on the market, you can see the exhibition "Lucas Cranach and his time", but also look over the shoulder of artists at work. In "Café 3" or in the "Hofwirtschaft" - located in Schlossstrasse 1 - you can enjoy the historical ambience with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.

Cranach Courtyards
Schlossstraße 1
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

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Additional touristic information

Opening Hours and prices:
The permanent exhibition “Cranachs Welt”:
November – March
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday / holidays: 13:00 – 17:00

April – October
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday / holidays: 13:00 – 17:00

The Cranach-Haus:
adult: 5.00 Euro
reduced: 4.00 €
student: 0.50 €
group tickets (10 persons): 4.00 €

Offers in the Cranach Courtyards:
A cultural and historical tour through the Courtyards is offered for groups. Rooms that are otherwise not open to the publicity can be visited, you can print on a replica of a historical printing press and you are invited to a small meal by Cranach's maid Adelheid.
Group size: 10-20
Duration: approx. 120-150 minutes
Entrance price: 14.00 € per person

Cranach Stiftung
Markt 4, 06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
phone: +49 (0)3491 4201911
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