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.

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From Life at the Goetheanum

11.04.2006 18:23 Age: 12 yrs
By: Cornelius Pietzner

Regarding Costs of the Constitution and Lawsuit

As most members are aware, the General Anthroposophical Society concluded two difficult legal processes between 2003 and 2005. In the Annual General Meeting last year the Executive Council announced it would acknowledge the decision of the Upper Court of Solothurn, and not undertake further legal action. At this Annual General Meeting we felt it appropriate to provide the members with a summary of the financial costs.

Background: The proposals of the Executive Council in the Extraordinary General Meeting of December 2002 were supported by an overwhelming majority of the 1600 members who were present at that occasion. It should be emphasized that the ensuing legal challenges to this decision originated from two small groups early in 2003.

To give an accurate picture, I would like to distinguish between the costs of preparations prior to the lawsuit, and the costs related to the lawsuits themselves. The General Anthroposophical Society incurred costs for 2001 and 2002 that are independent of the lawsuit, and were carried in the normal operating costs of the General Anthroposophical Society. We have also had expenses over three years from 2003, 2004 and 2005 which are directly connected to the lawsuit

The costs that have been booked to the handling of the constitution issue for 2001 and 2002 are 130,559 CHF. The General Anthroposophical Society received designated gifts  of 29,764 CHF. Thus, total expenses over this two year period for the operating budget are 100,795 CHF.

The combined costs related specifically to the lawsuits from 2003 thru 2005 total CHF 821,315 including legal fees, court costs and damages of CHF 220'000, as well as incidental costs such as travel and lodging. For the court costs and damages we have received specific designated contributions from individuals, foundations and country societies totalling 213,457 CHF. These donations come from people and institutions all around the world - from 13 different countries in total - as expressions of support for the the Society.

Thus, there are total net costs of CHF 607,858 (821,315 CHF minus 213,457 CHF) over the 3 year period, or just over 200,000 CHF per year of extra one-time costs that the General Anthroposophical Society has to carry. 1)This considerable amount is nevertheless 1% of our total budget for each of these three years.

It is also appropriate to thank Dr. Jürgen Erdmenger for his generous donation of free legal advice and consultation, since 2001, without costs to the General Anthroposophical Society. Our additional thanks go to Prof. Dr. Andreas Furrer who has charged us at a reduced rate since his engagement. This has contributed substantially to lowering the costs for the Society.

We continue to view these expenses as an unfortunate necessity and clearly would have preferred to apply available funds to activities of the world Society. On the other hand, these costs  for this process have definitively clarified the legal status of the Anthroposophical Society founded on December 28, 1923 and  will now provide a firm basis for future work.

Cornelius Pietzner
Treasurer for the Executive Council
March 21, 2006

1)    It is our budgetary practice to designate a certain amount annually for contingencies and general legal consultations. This ranges between 50,000 CHF and 75,000 CHF. If we take the lower figure of 50,000 CHF over this three year period we come up with 150,000 CHF that the Goetheanum typically budgets. The budgeted amount during this time was, of course, applied to expenses associated with the legal dispute. If I include this normal budgeted figure of 150,000 CHF for legal contingencies we come to net additional or extraordinary expenses for the lawsuit of about 458,000 CHF over three years for the court case - or 153,000 CHF per year.

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.