The city of Luther and the Nibelungs is already preparing for its great anniversary in 2021. Martin Luther defended his theses before Emperor Charles V (Diet of Worms) from 16–25 April 1521. In fact, the world's largest Reformation monument, apart from that in Geneva, is situated here. However, Worms is definitely worth a visit even before the anniversary. The Luther Trail 1521 will open officially on 14 May 2017. This historic route, stretching approximately 400 km, traces Martin Luther’s journey to the Diet of Worms and his return to the Wartburg Castle almost 500 years ago. What’s completely unknown to many is the city’s Jewish heritage: together with Speyer and Mainz, Worms is one of the ‘ShUM-Cities on the Rhine – Jewish heritage for the world’, seeking recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the Middle Ages, the three cities formed a network that profoundly shaped the culture, religion and jurisdiction of Central and Eastern European Jewish diaspora to date.
200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle
Located in the cross-border Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area in the south west of Germany and right next to Mannheim, which will in 2017 be celebrating the 200-year anniversary of the invention of the bicycle by Karl Drais, Worms is an ideal starting point for a wide variety of theme bicycle tours. One highlight is the Deutsche Weinstraße cycle route from Worms to Neustadt. Alternatively, what about the beer route of the Electoral Palatinate or Rhine cycle route?
The cemetery "Holy Sands" was created in conjunction with the building of the synagogue in 1034. The Worms’ Jewish cemetery is the oldest still-excisting Jewish cemetery in Europe. A number of renowned Jewish scholars are buried here. Learn more about the so-called ShUM cities and their ambitions being accepted as UNESCO world heritage.