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

22.09.2013 16:12 Age: 4 yrs
By: Wolfgang Held, Translation Anya Wilson and Marcel Nick

The Second Goetheanum: Design Perspectives

On the 21st/22nd of September 2013, Christiane Haid and Paul Mackay as representatives for the Goetheanum, invited architects and specialists for an exchange of perspectives regarding the design of the second Goetheanum.

Colloquium participants, Bodo von Plato and Christian Hitsch (from left; Photo: Wolfgang Held)

The invitation to the colloquium held four questions: What changes were made by Rudolf Steiner from the first to the second Goetheanum? Into which kind of form has the second Goetheanum become, what do these forms say, and from them what kind of inner design is created?

Georg Häussler, sculpturer, showed how Rudolf Steiner’s stylistic signature can be found in the first and second Goetheanum, and where amongst the differences, continuity can be seen.

Martin Zweifel, head of the Building Administration, described the first Goetheanum more easily as a spiritual home. It was “Anthroposophy as a Building”, a building of wisdom. In the fire, the sublime forms of cylinders and cupolas went into eternity.  In contrast, the second Goetheanum is silent. When one looks closer, one can discover it’s conversation with the surroundings. Because it is a place of work for the Stage and the School of Spiritual Science, it is a building encompassing willfulness. The first building, appeared closed in itself and complete, while the second in comparison appears open with Sun-qualities; here every generation has inscribed it’s signature and it is a building which keeps growing.

As the conversation came to the previous remodeling of the Great Hall, Christian Hitsch emphasized that the room was built based on the human configuration, in all it’s possibilities and limitations. He explained that this principal pertains even more to the first Goetheanum. When one looks at the neighboring buildings on the grounds and the podium from the first Goetheanum, then one realizes Rudolf Steiner’s actual language of forms. In the first Goetheanum he could not develop this to it’s full potential; he had not yet fully realized the language of forms necessary for his architectural style. More exactly:  in the first Goetheanum one finds Rudolf Steiner’s workings in the inner architecture, and in the second Goetheanum it is the opposite, there his design is seen in the outer form.

Marc Desaules, the General Secretary of the Swiss Anthroposophic Society emphasized that the destiny of the Gotheanum and the Anthroposophic Society are two sides of the same coin. To arrive in the present means to identify with the second Goetheanum. Christian Hitsch went further and asked how such a colloquium could be imagined in the first Goethanum.

One has to learn to love the second Goethanum- this motive was mentioned several times in the colloquium. That is why, explained Espen Tharaldsen and Peter van der Ree from the construction council, the architecture on the ground floor with the atrium, should be open so that a streaming in of visitors through the building is possible.

Less of a critique and more of an honest request was made to the Executive Council members in the circle, not only to hold meetings when decisions have already been made or just shortly before. This was related for example to the plan to create work-rooms for the School above the South-side stage; this decision must be taken by the end of year.

The colloquium was a step towards an approach to consider development questions in a collegial manner. It will probably depend equally on all those present to work in building a ground together that is broad, specialized and human, for the architectural future of the Goetheanum.

Easter at the Goetheanum

 Easter at the Goetheanum (in German)

Tickets for sale at the reception desk.

Friday, March 30th

9:00  | Free Entry
What is the medical impulse from Rudolf Steiner?
Lecture on Rudolf Steiner's day of passing, by Georg Soldner

17:00 | Free Entry
Introduction to Richard Wagner: "Parcival"
Hans-Georg Hoffmann, Stefan Hasler 

Richard Wagner: Parcival, 3rd*
Christian Elsner, Tenor; Falk Struckmann, Bass-Bariton; Tommi Hakala, Bass; Ensemble Corund; Sinfonieorchester Basel; Sir Mark Elder, Director 

Saturday, March 31st

17:00 | Free Entry
The transformation of the soul through suffering in the work of Giuseppe Verdi
Introductory lecture to the Messa da Requiem, by Stefano Gasperi

Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem*
Judith Graf, Soprano; Irène Friedli, Mezzosopran; Michael Nowak, Tenor; Rudolf Rosen, Base; Zürcher Symphony; Glarisegger Choir; Heinz Bähler, musical Director

Sunday, April 1st

9:30  | Free Entry
Easter Lecture
Johannes Kühl

There is a ringing through the world*

Works from Johann Sebastian Bach,
Dmitri Schostakowitsch, Heidi Overhage-Baader, u.a.;
Eurythmy performance from the Goetheanum Eurythmy Stage group
Margrethe Solstad, artistic director

A warm welcome to Easter at the Goetheanum!
Oliver Conradt, Stefan Hasler and Johannes Kühl 

* Prices vary from 24- 78 CHF 

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Easter Program

More Information (in German)

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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.