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Psst ... royal vestments in Merseburg Imperial Cathedral

Royal vestments in Merseburg Imperial Cathedral (c) Vereinigte Domstifter, Falko Matte

The lofty imperial cathedral of Merseburg is over 1000 years old. Its outer appearance alone is so impressive that one could almost overlook the adjacent Merseburg Castle. But that's exactly what it is: initially a magnificent building of the Renaissance, a special liveliness prevailed at the court during the Baroque era. A colourful hustle and bustle of princes and dukes in expensive robes began and lasted for almost two centuries - intrigues and forbidden love affairs included.

A Journey in Time - Costume Tours in Merseburg Imperial Cathedral

The imperial cathedral of Merseburg also underwent many baroque alterations during this period, which are still visible today. The best way to see them is on a guided tour in original costumes.

Costume in the Royal Court Tailor's Shop Merseburg (c) Daniel Remler

With measuring tape and needle - the royal court tailor's shop in Merseburg

The garments are still made by the royal court tailor's shop in Merseburg, which is located - within walking distance of the cathedral - in the Ständehaus at the castle park. You can also admire the opulent costumes of the court tailor shop in all their splendour during guided tours of the town and at the castle festival - held every year in June.

Coat of arms of the Royal Court Tailor's Shop Merseburg (c) Daniel Remler

Mystical writings and mysterious stories

In Merseburg's imperial cathedral and the adjacent Castle there are even more surprising secrets to discover. For example, what is the story behind the Merseburg magic spells that captivated Jakob Grimm? And why does a raven still live in the castle? Immerse yourself in the historical world of Merseburg!

Merseburg Imperial Cathedral and Castle (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte

The Merseburg spells

The two Incantationswritten down more than 1000 years ago by a monk, are the only pagan sayings that have survived in Germany. Can you read and understand the Old High German verses? If not, the staff at Merseburg Imperial Cathedral will be happy to help you. With a bit of luck, Beate Tippelt will be on duty during your visit: as soon as she recites the verses, a shiver runs down your spine. No one masters the recitation as well as she does. We recommend joining a guided tour or - if you prefer it individually - taking an audio guide with you.

The Merseburg Spells (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial

The Merseburg Ladegast Organ

The Merseburg Ladegast organ with 5687 pipes, is one of Germany's largest organs. That is why the Merseburg Organ Days are also full of concerts of the absolute extra class. Let yourself be enchanted by the euphony of the royal instrument.

Merseburg Ladegast organ (c) United Cathedral Foundations, Falko Matte

The Merseburg Raven Saga

Bishop Thilo von Trotha had his loyal servant executed in the 15th century, who was suspected of having stolen his master's noble ring. After a long time, the ring was found in a crow's nest during work on the roof of the castle. Out of regret, he changed his family's coat of arms and adopted a crow with a golden ring on its beak on his shield. In memory of this History a raven still lives in the castle today.

Thilo von Trotha's raven in front of Merseburg Castle (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte

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