The layout of the town with its precincts belonging to the people and the cathedral has been preserved almost unscathed to this day, and is unique in Germany.
These two areas, of worldly and spiritual power, developed with a clear territorial separation from one another. Monuments of art from the Romanesque and Gothic periods, colourful middle-class houses from the Renaissance and Baroque times, and many endearing architectural details make a stroll through the historic town centre a fascinating experience.
In the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, the emblem of the town, you can make the acquaintance of the Naumburg Master. The unique works of art representing the figure of the founder in the western chancel have brought worldwide fame not only to the “most beautiful woman of the Middle Ages”, the margravine Uta, but also to her creator, known as the “Naumburg Master”. There are further highly precious artistic treasures in the cathedral and the treasury vault, in the form of the oldest representation of St. Elisabeth of Thuringia and the windows designed by Neo Rauch showing scenes from St. Elisabeth’s life.
In the parish church of St. Wenzel you can listen to the sounds of the Baroque organ, which is the largest Hildebrandt organ in the world. It is considered to be the embodiment of Bach’s ideal organ and attracts organ lovers from all over the world to Naumburg. From May to October, short midday concerts are offered every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and on public holidays. The ascent to the former tower keeper’s living quarters at the top of the church tower is also worthwhile, as the view over the town from a height of 46 metres is spectacular.