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Lutherstadt Eisleben Markt.jpg
Coat of arms of Eisleben
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Mansfeld-Südharz
114 m (374 ft)
 • Total 23,003
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes 03475, 034773, 034776
Vehicle registration MSH, EIL, HET, ML, SGH
Luther Memorials in Eisleben
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Part of Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg
  1. Luther's birthplace
  2. The house in which Luther died
Criteria Cultural: (iv)(vi)
Reference 783
Inscription 1996 (20th Session)
Area 0.20 ha (22,000 sq ft)
Buffer zone 1.93 ha (208,000 sq ft)

Eisleben is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is famous as the hometown of Martin Luther; because of this, its official name is Lutherstadt Eisleben. In 2015, Eisleben had a population of 24,198.

Eisleben has two parts old town and new town (Altstadt and Neustadt). The new town was created for Eisleben's miners in the 14th century.

Eisleben was the capital of the district of Mansfelder Land and is the seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft ("collective municipality") Lutherstadt Eisleben.


Eisleben was first written about in 997 as a market called Islebia, and in 1180 as a town. The counts of Mansfeld governed the area until the 18th century. In 1780, Eisleben came directly under the Electorate of Saxony. After the Napoleonic Wars, Eisleben became part of the Kingdom of Prussia. The Prussian Province of Saxony became part of the Free State of Prussia in the German Reich after World War I. After World War II, Eisleben became part of the new state of Saxony-Anhalt in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) until Germany's reuinification in 1990.


Helfta Convent (Lutherstadt Eisleben), houses for the nuns
Modern accommodation for nuns, Helfta Convent (Lutherstadt Eisleben).

In 1229, the Counts of Mansfield started a convent for women. At first, it was on the grounds of their castle. Then they built a separate convent at Helfta near Eisleben, which opened in 1258. It was governed under either the Benedictine or Cistercian model. It became known for its powerful and mystical abbesses, including Gertrude of Hackeborn, Gertrude the Great and Mechtild. However, Duke Albrecht of Brunswick destroyed the convent in 1342. It was rebuilt the next year. It closed in 1524, but later reopened on a smaller scale until 1542

In 1542, it came under the control of local farmers. In 1712 it became a farm run by the Prussian state. In 1994, the Catholic Diocese of Magdeburg bought the property and began restoring the building. Cistercian nuns from Seligenthal in Bavaria moved in starting in approximately 1999.

Martin Luther

The Protestant reformer Martin Luther was born in Eisleben on November 10, 1483. His father, Hans Luther, was a miner. Luther's family moved to Mansfeld when he was only a year old; he lived in Wittenberg most of his life. Luther preached his last sermon and died in Eisleben in 1546.

Eisleben started preserving its Luther memorials in 1689.

In 1997, Eisleben's "Birth House" and "Death House" were added to the World Heritage List. Also, Luther was baptised in Eisleben's St. Peter and Paul Church. He preached his last sermons at St. Andreas Church.

Historical population

The population has been declining since the mid-1960s due to declining birth rates and people moving away. The municipal area has been enlarged several times by merging with neighboring districts.

Year 1964 1971 1981 1989 1995 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008
Inhabitants* 44,773 41,682 37,330 35,374 31,882 29,526 28,848 28,040 27,037 26,190
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Inhabitants* 25,489 25,380 24,384 24,284 24,346 24,198
* population as of 31st December, except for 1964–1981: census


Luther Cranach the Elder BM 1837-0616.363
Martin Luther as a monk in 1520
Friedrich August von Quenstedt
Friedrich August von Quenstedt in 1868
  • Gertrude the Great (1256–1301), mystic, saint of the Catholic Church
  • Martin Luther (1483–1546), Protestant reformer, author and professor of theology
  • Johannes Agricola (1494–1566), Protestant reformer
  • Michael Teuber (1524–1586), lawyer
  • Caspar Schütz (around 1540-1594) German historian
  • Friedrich Koenig (1774–1821), printer
  • Ludwig Geyer (1779–1833), painter, playwright and actor
  • Friedrich August von Quenstedt (1809–1889), geologist and paleontologist
  • Carl Fischer (1841–1906), worker and author
  • Max Schneider (1875–1967), music historian
  • Hermann Lindrath (1896–1960), CDU politician and minister
  • Egbert Hayessen (1913–1944), major and resistance fighter of 20 July 1944
  • Ute Starke (born 1939), gymnast, Summer Olympics 1960, 1964 and 1968
  • Gudrun Berend (1955-2011), hurdler
  • Thomas Lange (born 1964), two-time Olympic champion in rowing
  • Timo Hoffmann (born 1974), boxer

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