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

29.10.2013 12:00 Age: 4 yrs
By: Translation Anya Wilson, Marcel Nick

Goetheanum Publishing: Christmas time Preview

Goetheanum Publishing has brought together it's assortiment of Christmas time books.

In the small book, What Happened in Bethlehem? Hella Krause-Zimmer describes the two-fold Christmas Story. The questions she asks, encourage the reader to dive into the mystery of the two Jesus children, and at the same time shows that this motif was used often in art.

Wilfried Hammacher has compiled the three Oberuferer Christmas plays (The Creation, Christmas, and The Three Kings) in a manner accessible to the Art of Eurythmy under the title of, Three Eurythmic Christmas Plays. The notes and text to the Oberuferer Christmas plays are in the booklet:  Songs and Choir Music for the Oberuferer Christmas Plays by Leopold van der Pals. The book from Michael Martin, Shephards and Kings in the Oberuferer Christmas Plays tells more about the origin, customs and background of the plays.

The book, The Twelve Holy Nights and the Spiritual Hierarchies  by Sergej O. Prokofieff is a profound companion for the time between Christmas Eve and the Three Kings day. Work with this theme can be a key to answers of the most important questions in the Christology of Anthroposophy. The twelve holy nights are also the subject of the book by Wilfried Hammacher Christmas- Winter Solstace. The author approaches this with four different accounts in verse form, making his realizations known.

Saint Martin's Day is the holiday where the first lights during the darkening time of year are lit, and the mood of inner light from Christmas time begins.

For this time, the Ogham Edition has a small book, The Legend of Saint Martin, which brings this festival to children in a nice way. Besides numerous pictures of the saint, it contains many poems, sayings and music from well known songs about Saint Martin. The traces of his life and the customs associated with the time of Saint Martin are shown.

For the Nicholas Festival, which follows soon after, there is interesting and informative material to read, The Nicholas-Legendes by Martin Sandkühler (also in the Ogham Edition), which describes the life and deeds of this saint and bishop from Myra: from his childhood and youth in Asia Minor, up to the legend of his episcopal ordination, the liberation of a slave, and how he proved the innocence of a servant.

The Advent time as a Christmas mood comes alive in a beautiful way in the Advents Legends by Martin Sandkühler. Here are stories like, "Barbara's Way in the Advent", "The Buried Engel", "Lucia's Festivity", "The Tree of Christmas" and "Lights in the Forest" (also in the Ogham Edition). Taking one closer to Christmas itself, are the books, With Children into Christmas Time  by Maya Peter, which also contains a beautiful collection of poems, legends and stories, and the Christmas Proverb Booklet by Bruno Endlich, which includes poems from different authors, covering the time from Advent to the Three Kings Day. There is a lovely Christmas book for young children, The Small Shephard's Sheep by Maya Peter, with pictures by Stephanie Wagner. For the Three Kings time which follows, there is a Story to be read outloud, also for adults, from Henry van Dyke, Artaban, the Fourth Wise Man, beautifully illustrated by Katharina Gutknecht. Other stories to be read outloud, also to be read alone, about the time period after the Three Kings, is the collection from Günther von Negelein "For Religious Education" (Volume 1, Volume 2). Find a overview of our large assortiment of items on our Homepage.
Dr. Christiane Haid (Publishing Manager),
Anna S. Fischer, M. A. (Production, Distribution),
Max Savin (Accounting, Licensing)

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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:


2.–6.4., 27.4., 19.–24.7: Closed

17.2.: Open from 1:30-2:15 pm

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.