Bishop Thietmar laid the foundation stone for the building of the new cathedral in 1015. In the 11th century the new chancel and the two east towers were built and a crypt was constructed. In the 13th century Bishop Heinrich of Wahren built a new bishop’s palace north of the cathedral. Around 1470, after the previous building had been demolished, Bishop Tilo began to rebuild the castle. Thanks to the endeavours of Duke Georg I. of Saxony, from 1605 to 1608 an extensive renovation and extension of the castle were undertaken by the master builder Melchior Brenner. The castle he created is an impressive testament to the German late Renaissance. In the castle forecourt the stone raven cage keeps the famous raven legend associated with Bishop Tilo von Trotha alive. The historic castle garden, which was laid out in 1661, and the garden salon form part of the historic castle ensemble. The castle garden salon was built in around 1730 by Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt, and is a pavilion where garden parties were held; today it is a popular venue for holding conferences and meetings.
March - October
Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November - February
Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kulturhistorisches Museum Schloss Merseburg
Domplatz 9 (Schloss)
phone: +49 (0) 3461 401318 and on weekends +49 (0) 3461 402010
fax: +49 (0) 3461 402006