The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books.

Opening hours
Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00
Fridays 14:00 - 18:00

Summer break
2nd July – 20th July
30th July – 24th August

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

Goetheanum Press

The Goetheanum Press is the oldest anthroposophical publishing house.


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 Life at the Goetheanum

By: Sebastian Jüngel, transl. Anya Thaker

Basel Sinfonietta presents from Culturescapes at the Goetheanum

The Basel Sinfonietta, directed by Baldur Brönnimann, will perform as part of Culturescapes' Greek themes. Swiss premieres, "The Return of Ulysses" by Nikos Skalkottas and, "The Walls Have Ears" by Georges Aperghis will show, in addition to Alexander Skriabin's "Prometheus" that will submerge the stage in colorful lighting.

The Basel Sinfonietta with Baldur Brönnimann (Photo: Susanne Drescher)

The harmonious connection between the spiritual and the earthly as expressed through beauty, plays a central role at the Goetheanum. Stefan Hasler, from the Goetheanum leadership and responsible for stage productions, is happy that Culturescapes has chosen the Goetheanum as venue again this year. He finds the theme of Culturescapes 2017 particularly fitting: "Greece is an important topic on all levels: from antiquity to Goethe's Faust to current political issues. It is always about the question: How do we live as a community?".

The Basel Sinfonietta (in their 2nd concert in a series) also builds their works from Greek mythology with works by Greek composers. Both the overture, which was originally planned as an opera prelude, "The Return of Ulysses" by Nikos Skalkottas (1904-1949) as well as the composition, "The walls have ears" by Georges Aperghis (* 1945) are Swiss premieres.

One of the hallmarks of the Goetheanum stage is the masterful use of colored light. For the symphonic poem "Prometheus: Poetry by Fire," Alexander Skriabin (1872-1915) wrote a color score for the orchestra and the pianist (soloist Stefan Wirth) as well as the required lighting technician. At the concert, the stage is bathed in colors that change as directed. Jurriaan Cooiman, director of Culturescapes says, "The Goetheanum has a wonderful hall and a very attentive audience - this is all the more important at concerts like Skriabin's "Prometheus".

 November 12th, 2017, 19:00 Goetheanum, Dornach

Concert "The Walls Have Ears"
Basel Sinfonietta
(Director: Baldur Brönnimann; Piano: Stefan Wirth)

Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas Around the World

Performing, Experiencing & Exploring Destiny Community

21st – 25th July, 2018


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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| Specific Theme Tours (Registration required)


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:

 19.–24.7: Closed

22.3.: 13.30–14.00

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.