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

Executive Council at the Goetheanum: Matthias Girke as a new member

On April 8th, 2017, the members of the General Anthroposophical Society confirmed the proposal to extend the council at the Goetheanum to include Matthias Girke. The physician and clinic co-founder from Berlin has been head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum since September 2016.

Matthias Girke (Photo: Heike Sommer)

The Goetheanum, as the School of Spiritual Science, and headquarters of the Anthroposophical Society, has been undergoing a reform process for several years. Contemporary forms for a globally active membership-society and closer ties to people active in anthroposophic institutions, companies and organizations - are the main objectives for the transformation of an (almost) century-old society.

Today for example, the representatives of the Anthroposophical Societies in the respective countries are increasingly involved in the decision-making processes at the Goetheanum. The members of the executive council are re-elected every seven years; the council and the leaders of the eleven specialty sections of the School of Spiritual Science have formed the Goetheanum leadership for several years.

Against this backdrop, the executive council at the Goetheanum asked the members to agree to its extension to the internist Matthias Girke from Berlin. He has proven competency in the medical field (internal medicine, diabetology, palliative medicine) - and also concerning Waldorf education and biodynamic agriculture, where he is one of the most publicly recognized contributions of anthroposophical work. As a co-founder and long-standing senior physician at the Havelhöhe Community Hospital in Berlin, and a long-standing member of the Board of Anthroposophic Physicians in Germany and the Anthroposophic Medicine organization in Germany, he has strong experience with social constructions, organizations and relations.

At the general meeting (AGM) held April 8th, 2017, Matthias Girke was confirmed as a new member of the executive council (Vorstand) at the Goetheanum.

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.