Goseck was mentioned in the Hersfelder Zehntregister (a register of citizens who were obliged to pay tithes to the imperial abbey) as long ago as the 9th century under the name of “Gozacha civitas”.
It is thus one of the border fortresses along the Saale. The “castrum antiquissimum” was the seat of the counts palatine of Saxony. The first reliable evidence of them as a dynasty of counts in Goseck dates from the time of Friedrich I around 1000. As well as the castle, Friedrich I also built a chapel to St Simeon as the burial ground for his dynasty. His sons Adalbert, Dedo and Friedrich were not just of significance for Goseck. Adalbert (1000-1072) attended the cathedral school in Halberstadt and became canon there, and then in 1032 dean of the cathedral. In 1043 he was appointed archbishop of Hamburg and Bremen. Missionaries were sent to Iceland and Greenland on his instructions. In 1060 he established the dioceses of Ratzeburg and Mecklenburg. In 1041 Count Palatinate Dedo founded a Benedictine monastery on the site of the old castle. His brother Friedrich II established a collegiate church in nearby Sulza. The monastic estates began to be sold off in 1183 and in 1540 the monastic period ended with the secularisation of the monastery. In 1548 it came into the hands of Georg von Altensee.
The former monastery acquired its Renaissance character through changes of ownership and extensive renovations in the 16th and 17th centuries, above all by the von Pöllnitz family. During the period from 1840 to 1945 Goseck was owned by the Counts of Zech-Burkersroda. After 1945 the castle was a school and youth hostel. Since 1997 the building has been owned by the Foundation.
Today it is the registered office of “Europäische Musik- und Kulturzentrum Schloss Goseck”, which was founded by Schloss Goseck e.V. in 1998. The top-class Goseck Castle concerts are mainly devoted to early music, and their attraction extends far beyond the borders of the Saale-Unstrut region.
The Gosecker Heimat- und Kulturverein (local history and cultural society) has lovingly set up a local history room, which offers an insight into past eras in the Saale valley. During the warmer time of year in particular, the castle courtyard with its famous ginkgo tree (some 170 years old) is an inviting place to spend some time.
The oldest solar observatory, at 7,000 years old, is very close to Goseck and is a stopping point on the “Himmelswege” (Sky Paths) tourist route. There is an information centre at the castle.
April – beginning of October
Tues – Sun from 11 a.m.
October - March
By request only