“Tetzel Indulgence Purgatory” bicycle tour

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Length: 47 km
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The Dominican monk Johann Tetzel unscrupulously sold letters of indulgence in Jüterbog 500 years ago: Sinners were forgiven for cash and saved from purgatory. Martin Luther found this abhorrent: In 1517, he nailed his 95 theses to the castle church in the neighbouring town of Witttenberg – the beginning of the Reformation. The bicycle tour along the popular Flaeming-Skate and the old pilgrimage route leads to scenes of the selling of indulgences and the Reformation and on to Kloster Zinna. Original letters of indulgence, Chranach’s purgatory altar and the Tetzel box can be seen in Jüterbog. 
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  • Mittelalterlicher Stadtgrundriss vor dem Abtshof Reformation in Jüterbog, Foto: Tourismusverband Fläming e.V./A.Stein
  • Tetzelstuben Reformation in Jüterbog, Tourismusverband Fläming e.V./A.Stein
  • Die Kirche in Dennewitz, Foto: Tourismusverband Fläming e.V.
  • Mönchenkloster in Jüterbog, Foto: Jedrzej Marzecki
  • Kloster Zinna, Foto: Tourismusverband Fläming e.V./A.Stein
Length: 47 kilometres

Start/Finish: Bahnhof Jüterbog (train station)

Logo/route sign: Not specified

How to get there:
  • Train: Take the RE3 from Berlin central station (Lutherstadt Wittenberg) to Jüterbog (about 45 minutes)
  • Car: From Berlin via the B101 to Jüterbog (about one and a half hours)

Route: Jüterbog, Oehna, Bochow, Hohengörsdorf, Fröhden, Markendorf, Werder, Kloster Zinna, Jüterbog

Points of interest/background information:

  • Cobblestone churches: Dennewitz, Oehna, Hohengörsdorf, Fröhden
  • Jüterbog: medieval North German brick Gothic buildings such as churches, monasteries, the oldest town hall in the state of Brandenburg, Heilig-Geist-Platz and the Luther oak, Abtshof, St.-Hedwigs-Kirche church and Tetzelkapelle chapel

Possible combinations

  • Flaeming-Skate
  • Historic Town Centre Cycle Route 5
  • Tour Brandenburg
  • Berlin-Leipzig Cycle Path

Conditions of the trail/surface: Cycle paths are mostly three metres wide (about 45 kilometres of the tour are on Flaeming-Skate), very well asphalted, mainly through the landscape, not along roadsides.

Maps/Literature: "Potsdam - Havelland - Fläming: Fahrradkarte. GPS-genau", 1:70000, KOMPASS-Karten; Auflage: 3 (1. März 2016), ISBN-13: 978-3850262729, Euro 7.99
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The Dominican monk Johann Tetzel unscrupulously sold letters of indulgence in Jüterbog 500 years ago: Sinners were forgiven for cash and saved from purgatory. Martin Luther found this abhorrent: In 1517, he nailed his 95 theses to the castle church in the neighbouring town of Witttenberg – the beginning of the Reformation. The bicycle tour along the popular Flaeming-Skate and the old pilgrimage route leads to scenes of the selling of indulgences and the Reformation and on to Kloster Zinna. Original letters of indulgence, Chranach’s purgatory altar and the Tetzel box can be seen in Jüterbog. 
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  • Mittelalterlicher Stadtgrundriss vor dem Abtshof Reformation in Jüterbog, Foto: Tourismusverband Fläming e.V./A.Stein
  • Tetzelstuben Reformation in Jüterbog, Tourismusverband Fläming e.V./A.Stein
  • Die Kirche in Dennewitz, Foto: Tourismusverband Fläming e.V.
  • Mönchenkloster in Jüterbog, Foto: Jedrzej Marzecki
Length: 47 kilometres

Start/Finish: Bahnhof Jüterbog (train station)

Logo/route sign: Not specified

How to get there:
  • Train: Take the RE3 from Berlin central station (Lutherstadt Wittenberg) to Jüterbog (about 45 minutes)
  • Car: From Berlin via the B101 to Jüterbog (about one and a half hours)

Route: Jüterbog, Oehna, Bochow, Hohengörsdorf, Fröhden, Markendorf, Werder, Kloster Zinna, Jüterbog

Points of interest/background information:

  • Cobblestone churches: Dennewitz, Oehna, Hohengörsdorf, Fröhden
  • Jüterbog: medieval North German brick Gothic buildings such as churches, monasteries, the oldest town hall in the state of Brandenburg, Heilig-Geist-Platz and the Luther oak, Abtshof, St.-Hedwigs-Kirche church and Tetzelkapelle chapel

Possible combinations

  • Flaeming-Skate
  • Historic Town Centre Cycle Route 5
  • Tour Brandenburg
  • Berlin-Leipzig Cycle Path

Conditions of the trail/surface: Cycle paths are mostly three metres wide (about 45 kilometres of the tour are on Flaeming-Skate), very well asphalted, mainly through the landscape, not along roadsides.

Maps/Literature: "Potsdam - Havelland - Fläming: Fahrradkarte. GPS-genau", 1:70000, KOMPASS-Karten; Auflage: 3 (1. März 2016), ISBN-13: 978-3850262729, Euro 7.99
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Zum Bahnhof 9
14547 Beelitz

Tel.: +49 (0) 33204-62870
Fax: +49 (0) 33204-618761

Weather Today, 19. 8.

19 22
Rain throughout the day.

  • Saturday
    17 23
  • Sunday
    13 27

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