The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books. Hours:  Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00; Fridays 14:00 - 18:00

Study Programs

The Goetheanum offers a full-year study program, "Foundations of Anthroposophy," in English! (The full-time study overseen by the General Anthroposophic Section, is also offered in Spanish/Portuguese and German.) Students from around the world, of various backgrounds and ages, come for an academic year of Anthroposophic studies, including artistic classes.

There are 11 sections at the Goetheanum that offer conferences throughout the year, often translated or held in multiple languages. See the individual websites for current programs.

The following schools and sections offer occupational Anthroposophical courses, diploma programs and research options in Dornach: eurythmy (performing arts section), painting (visual art section), educationbiodynamic agriculturemedicinemathmatics/astronomy and natural science. The youth section located on the Goetheanum hill, houses a multitude of activities and international conferences in English, German and Spanish. The literary arts and humanities section and the social science section can be contacted for questions about involvement, study or research.


The 11 Sections for the School of Spiritual Science are involved in world issues and research projects. 

Here is insight into their current projects: General Anthropsophy ·Natural Science · Agriculture · Medicine · Theraputic Education and Social Therapy · Education · Mathematics-Astronomy · Arts and Humanities · Spoken and Musical/Performing Arts · Visual Arts · Social Science · Youth Section


We are continually working on the English site. Do you like something we are doing, or is there something that you would like to see here? Email us with inquiries, comments and suggestions, Attn: EN website.

For current event questions,
contact the reception desk:
Phone +41 61 706 42 42,

From the Life at the Goetheanum

12.07.2015 22:33 Age: 2 yrs
By: Sebastian Jüngel

The Literary Arts Section: book, "Fairytails and Rosicrucians" by Almut Bockemühl

In his book, "Fairy Tales und Rosicrucians," Almut Bockemühl works with indications from Rudolf Steiner that Rosicrucians were involved in bringing about fairy tales.

Rudolf Steiner mentioned in a lecture on June 10th, 1911, that the medieval storytellers were students of the Rosicrucians. Almut Bockemühl looks at concrete Rosicrucian motives. Rosicrucians for example,  identified the metals: copper, silver, gold, the "color tones, black-white-red" and motifs such as mountains, the rose and the couselor or advisor, as elements of Rosicrucian symbolic language, which are reflected in fairy tales. The "Royal Wedding" - the compilation of many tales - is an alchemical Rosicrucian image. Almut Bockemühl however, is not so far as to say that the fairy tale originated in the temples of the Rosicrucians; rather that they have, "received its characteristic fairy tale shape," there. At the same time, Almut Bockemühl is keeps in mind the spring's "drought" and the care required in formulated expressions such as, "I think it is right."

The descriptions of the origins of Rosicrucian fairy tale motifs is supplemented by Almut Bockemühl, with basic information on the origins and aspects of the fairy tale, including more details on elemental beings.

A concern of Almut Bockemühl's is that, "folk tales not always be dismissed as children's stories". Tales help to develop an imaginative consciousness in adults.

For many years, Almut Bockemühl has coordinated works on fairy tales within the Humanities Section and is a member of the Fairy Tale Colloquium Section.

Almut Bockemühl: Fairy Tales and Rosicrucians, 167 pages, Goetheanum Publishing, Dornach, 2015;

22 Euros / 26 CHF

Mystery Dramas

Mystery Dramas in 2017 (in German):

Conference (Dec. 26–31st)

Performances (Dec. 27–31st) 


General Tours Introduction to the history of the Goetheanum, the biography of Rudolf Steiner and the foundation of Anthroposophy: Saturdays, 2pm. Meeting point: Reception desk. Registration is not required. In German and English.

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March 25th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018

Daily from 8 -22:00           

Brentano's Studio

Øya. 77 pictures from Hannes Weigert in the West staircase. Vernissage on March 25th, 2017 at 16:30 with a talk by Bodo von Plato and Eurythmy by Saskia Barnes.

April 2, 2017 – September 20, 2017

Daily from 8 -22:00         

Maximilian Woloschin (1877-1932)

"He went alone to the deserted shore," (Sergej O. Prokofief about Maximilian Woloschin)

Please be aware of adjusted visiting hours for the main auditorium:


December 29th, 2017: Closed

Open from 1:30-2pm Dec. 13–15th, & 19–21st, 28th,30th,31st, 2017

Open from 1:30-2:15 pm Feb. 17th, 2018

The Goetheanum is a center of a worldwide network of spiritually engaged people. It is the seat of the School of Spiritual Science  and the General Anthroposophical Society, which serves as a place of exchange for those with spiritual questions, and a place for trainings in scientific and artistic fields. 

Events range from lectures on special themes, to large, international conferences, to performances by  ensembles and guest performances in Eurythmy, theater, puppetry and music. 

Situated in the Jura landscape, 10 Kilometers South of Basel, the Goetheanum sits grand on the Dornach hill, with its expressive architecture and picturesque garden park, café, bookstore and gift shop.