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Merseburg Cathedral

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The 1000 year old imperial cathedral holds a world full of history and myths, spells and sound magic

Merseburg Cathedral St. Johannes and St. Laurentius is considered the jewel of the "Romanesque Road". 1000 years ago the imperial couple Heinrich II. and Kunigunde laid the foundation stone for the cathedral, which is situated on the river Saale. To this day the magnificent works of art and magical exhibits bring history and legends to life. A worldwide incomparable treasure can be found in the "Merseburg
The 1000 year old imperial cathedral holds a world full of history and myths, spells and sound magic

Merseburg Cathedral St. Johannes and St. Laurentius is considered the jewel of the "Romanesque Road". 1000 years ago the imperial couple Heinrich II. and Kunigunde laid the foundation stone for the cathedral, which is situated on the river Saale. To this day the magnificent works of art and magical exhibits bring history and legends to life. A worldwide incomparable treasure can be found in the "Merseburg Magic Spells" from the 10th century. The magical incantations from pre-Christian times are preserved in rare originality and remind us of pagan-Germanic customs.

Further treasures can be admired in the cathedral treasure, such as the Henry altar of Cranach, the glittering "Otto coat" or the mysterious mummified hand of Rudolf von Schwaben. Numerous personalities have left their traces in the cathedral: Bishop Thietmar (976-1018) gives an insight into the events around the imperial cathedral with his historically significant chronicle. In the completely reconstructed coat of arms hall of the chapter house, the work of Bishop Thilo von Trothas (1466-1514) can be traced. His raven coat of arms, to which the Merseburg raven legend refers, can be found throughout Merseburg. For an excursion into the baroque era, it is worthwhile to descend to the princely crypt. 37 splendidly decorated coffins of the ducal family of Saxony-Merseburg remind us that the cathedral was also used as a baroque court church.

The romantic Ladegast organ, which is heard in numerous concerts, is considered a powerful testimony to musical power. The baroque chapter house garden invites you to linger, a green oasis with lovely fruit trees, fragrant roses and cosy vine arbours. Children should visit the KinderDomusMerseburch: Exciting discovery tours, holiday activities and museum educational projects regularly take them into a magical-mystical medieval world and let them marvel at historical personalities, enchanting documents and mysterious stories.

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Mar-Oct: Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm,
So, church holidays: closed

Nov-Feb: Mon-Fri: 10-16 o'clock, Sun, holidays: 12-16 o'clock

Hint:
- open on 1.5. and 3.10. from 9:00-18:00, if these days do not fall on a Sunday

- Special opening hours: 24.12.: 9-12 o'clock;
12/31: 9-14
  • Bad weather offer
  • for all weathers
  • for school classes
  • for families
  • for individual guests
  • Suitable for seniors
  • for children (any age)
  • German
  • English
  • Cash payment
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • EC card
  • WC facility
  • Disabled WC
  • Disabled access
adults: 7, 50 €
Students, trainees, ALG-II-recipients: 5,50 €.
pupils 3,00 €
guided tour 2,00 €
Travel groups: 7,00 €, reduced 4,00 €
families: 19,00 €

Prices include audio guide
by car:
- via the A 9 motorway exit Leipzig-West/Merseburg
- via the A 38 motorway exit Merseburg-Zentrum

by public transport:
by train from Halle

by bike:
via the Saale cycle path

Where:

Address:

United Cathedral Founders of Merseburg and Naumburg and the Collegiate Abbey of Zeitz

Cathedral square 7
06217 Merseburg
Phone: +49 3461 / 210045
E-mail: fuehrung@merseburger-dom.de
website: http://www.merseburger-dom.de/

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