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

30.05.2015 22:32 Age: 3 yrs
By: Sebastian Jüngel, Transl. Anya Wilson

Goetheanum Publishing: Michael Kurtz on "Rudolf Steiner and Music"

After ten years of research, Michael Kurtz for the first time documents a comprehensively study on the theme of: Rudolf Steiner and Music, and in this work, reveals a number of new sources.

A work comprised of more than 600-pages, Michael Kurtz presents a comprehensive compendium. It contains detailed descriptions of Rudolf Steiner's musical experiences, his relationships with contemporary composers, his research into spiritual science and suggestions for the further development of music.

In Vienna, Weimar and Berlin, Rudolf Steiner met composers such as Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss and Hans Pfitzner, he commented on Claude Debussy and occupied himself in many regards with Richard Wagner. His commentaries on music in the early years of modernism were taken up very little. But there are parallels to be found between Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Scriabin and Charles Ives, as well as more recently between Giacinto Scelsi and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. Rudolf Steiner could see the source of the essence of music in the innermost souls of people. A new kind of music can arise out of the souls of man, as a contribution to a future culture that humanizes people and becomes a bridge to the spiritual world, when one’s inner schooling is fruitfully taken up.

Rudolf Steiner gave suggestions for singing, for the construction of string instruments, for composing from the "melody in the single tone" and thus to expanding tonality. He made preparations for a singing course, a special course for trained musicians, and five more musical eurythmy courses (Ton Eurythmy), which did not come about due to his death in 1925.

The appendix contains documents and current texts, including contributions from musicians on singing, instruments, music education and personal additions from seven composers from different continents.

Michael Kurtz: Rudolf Steiner and Music. Biographical, Humanities Research, Future Impulses, 160 b / w illustrations, 8 color pages, published at the Goetheanum, Dornach 2015, 608 pages, 69 Euros / 75 Francs

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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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.