Stadtkirche St. Georg mit Lutherstube (City Church with Luther chamber)
The church in the centre of the late medieval, heritage-protected old town is place of church service, silence, worship and one of the most beautiful late Gothic hall churches of Thuringia. In 1500 it was inaugurated by the Bishop of Würzburg. Striking are the two different towers and the pointed ridge turret with city clock, Virgin and the Grim Reaper. Inscription: „MEMENTO MORI – (“Remember Death!“).
On the occasion of the most important convention of the federation of Schmalkalden in 1537, the best-known theologians of those times preached in the city church, Martin Luther submitted his Schmalkalden Articles. It is this Lutheran Confessional Document that finds its entry into the Book of Concord of the Protestant church in 1580, and on which Protestant ministers all over the world are ordained until today.
In the one-tim vestment chamber above the vestry – nowadays called Lutherstube - Martin Luther is said to have limbered up during the morning services in the course of his stay in Schmalkalden in February 1537. Today there is a little church museum in the chamber.
May to June and in October: Mon – Sat 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
July to September: Mon –Fri 10.30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
November to April: Mon – Sat 11 a.m.– noon and 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sundays and on public holidays 10 a.m.