Eight questions for...

Jutta Fischer, mayor of the town of Eisleben

When I visit the Luther Memorials World Heritage Site in Eisleben, what should I definitely not miss?

The inner city "Eisleben Luther path" is a must-see. It was established in 2010 way to the reformer's place of death. The path also leads past St. Andreas' Church, where you can see Luther's original to connect the World Heritage Site locations in our town. It starts at Luther's birthplace and leads all the pulpit, from which Martin Luther gave his last sermons before his death.

What do you particularly like here?

I am fascinated by the over 1,000-year history of this town. But before 1990 it was falling into disrepair. Only the Luther anniversary year of 1983 brought some color to the Luther Memorials. Eisleben came to life again after German reunification. Intensive restoration and funding have removed the damage of past years. Today the historical city center shines brightly again.

Do you have an insider tip?

An insider tip would be the monk's cells in St. Anne's abbey. They are thought to have been built in 1516, so it's unlikely that Martin Luther lived in them. The church where Martin Luther was christened has been open to the public since April 2012. The baptismal font still encompasses part of the original font, with which Martin Luther was christened on November 11, 1483.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

I have known this city since my earliest childhood. What impress me even today, especially when I have been away from Eisleben for a while, are the conical waste rock piles just outside the town. They remind you of the special importance of the mining industry to the area around Eisleben. Copper shale was mined here, on Mansfelder Land, as far back as the 13th century. The waste rock piles left over from this mining era look like pyramids and have been synonymous with home for me since my childhood.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

Spring, but especially in fall. Then the city center turns into a unique sea of colors because of all the trees. In September we also celebrate the "Eisleber Wiesenmarkt," which dates back to 1521. That was when Eisleben was granted the right to conduct a cattle market.

What else should I see here?

The "Miracle of Helfta," which is what we've called the St. Marien Cistercian convent in the district of Helfta since 1999. That was when, after 450 years of secularization, ten nuns moved into the convent and thereby brought it back to life.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

Mining shaped the area around Eisleben over the centuries, so food here is simple but very tasty. A local specialty is a soup made of pears and potatoes, called "Himmel und Erde" - heaven and earth.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

I've never got around to visiting Aachen cathedral. I hope to do that in the near future.

Jutta Fischer

has dedicated many years to her home town.

Before becoming a political candidate for the first time in 2006, the economist worked for Eisleben town council. She has been the mayor of Eisleben since 2009.