Anniversary celebration: 5 years UNESCO World Heritage Site Naumburg Cathedral



01 Jul 2023


All of the day


Naumburg Cathedral
Cathedral Square 16/17, 06618 Naumburg (Saale)


Free admission to the Cathedral Garden | Cathedral admission prices: Adults 5 €, guided tour surcharge 3 €, free admission for school children

Naumburg Cathedral is one of the most beautiful and important churches of the High Middle Ages. On July 1, 2018, the cathedral was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a masterpiece of human creativity and a special intersection of the European transfer of knowledge.

The World Heritage Committee recognized the artistic qualities of the cathedral, which provide insight into the art, architecture and technology of the 13th century. The west choir, created by the so-called Naumburg Master, was particularly impressive for its integration of architecture, sculptures and stained glass.

In 2023, Naumburg Cathedral will therefore be celebrating the 5th anniversary of its UNESCO World Heritage status. This will be celebrated on Saturday, July 1. Guests can look forward to a colorful program of festivities, including special tours, hands-on activities in the KinderDomBauhütte, a reading by Helene Grass from her father's work "Figurenstehen" and many other cultural and culinary offerings in the cathedral ensemble.


guided tours

10 | 14 | 16 | 17 h
"5 Years World Heritage Naumburg Cathedral. A guest of Uta and the Naumburg Master".
Cathedral tour with the Naumburg Master and founder figure Uta
The Naumburg Master and his donor figure, Margravine Uta, will personally welcome guests to the Naumburg Cathedral World Heritage Site on July 1 and take all tour participants on a journey into the world of the Middle Ages. They will also explain what Uta's crown is all about and what brought the Naumburg Master to Naumburg.
Cost: 3 € plus cathedral admission
We recommend a reservation through our Online shop or via our visitor centre.

11:30 | 13:30 | 15 h
"Change of Perspective. World Heritage from Near and Far."
Tower tour
They dominate the silhouette of the city and are visible from afar - the four towers of Naumburg Cathedral. During the guided tour of the towers, you will go to the viewing platform of the north-west tower at a height of 52 meters, reach the roof truss with its enormous roof and vault construction, and finally the historic bell ringing. Past the three large bells from the 16th century, the tour leads to the top of the tower. The fantastic view over the world heritage site, the city as well as the wine region Saale-Unstrut is the reward for a strenuous climb. Prerequisite for the tower tour are sturdy shoes and height fitness. The tower climb is only suitable for children over 6 years.
Cost: 3 €
We recommend a reservation through our Online shop or via our visitor centre.

1 pm
"The Scriptures in Hiding"
Guided tour through the cathedral monastery archive and library
Naumburg Cathedral looks back on a fascinating history of almost 1000 years. The more than 30,000 precious manuscripts and 2,500 documents in the archive and library holdings also bear witness to this. The medieval historian and head of the cathedral archives, Dr. Matthias Ludwig, will open the library rooms of the Westklausur for you and reveal what surprising stories the documents conceal. At the same time, it will become clear what great importance the medieval manuscripts still hold for science today.
Cost: 5 €
We recommend a reservation through our Online shop or via our visitor centre.

Offers for children

10-17 h
"Dress up like the donors"

In the open workshop of the KinderDomBauhütte, an individual showpiece can be made on this day with a little creativity and a magic magic foil, following the example of the founder's jewelry.
Cost of materials: 3 €

10-17 h
Children's face painting
In the KinderDomBauhütte, the little guests can not only be active themselves on this day, but they can also have their make-up professionally done by Katja Köhler.
Cost: 5 €

10-17 h
Cathedral Rally
An exciting tour leads through the cathedral. There is a lot for young and old to discover and 17 questions have to be answered correctly. Those who show the solution word at the cash desk when leaving the cathedral will receive an explorer certificate.
Cost of materials: 1 €

Information about World Heritage in Saxony-Anhalt is available at the information stand of the 6 STAUNENSWERTE. While the grown-ups learn everything about the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the little ones can drive a bobby car on a World Heritage course. There will also be an amazing wheel of fortune.

Offers in the Marienkirche at the Cathedral

9-18 h
Domgymnasium - UNESCO project school
In St. Mary's Church, the Cathedral High School presents the UNESCO school concept. There is also a video on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Armenia, which was filmed by the partner school in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
free of charge

9-18 h
"For the future - planned, built, preserved".

An exhibition of the Chamber of Architects Saxony-Anhalt for the Architecture Award of the State of Saxony-Anhalt 2022
free of charge

Fashion show

4-5 p.m. | Naumburg Cathedral Garden
"Beautiful like Uta"
Fashion show with Naumburg store "Catwalk - fashion for him and her".
"Beautiful like Uta" - under this motto the models present the current summer collection of the brands s. Oliver, Sandwich and Foxs in the Naumburg Cathedral Garden. The show is moderated by Managing Director Annett Schumann.
free of charge


6 pm | Crypt of the Naumburg Cathedral
Musical devotion by candlelight in the crypt with songs from Taizé
Youth choir of the Domsingschule under the direction of KMD Jan-Martin Drafehn
Liturgy: Cathedral preacher Michael Bartsch
Cost: a collection is requested


19-20:30 | West choir of Naumburg Cathedral
"Figure standing"
Reading with Helene Grass
The actress Helene Grass reads from the work "Figurenstehen", recently discovered in the estate of her father, the Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass. The main character is a young woman who Mr. Grass claims not only modeled for the Naumburg Master, but also has the ability to travel through time and meet him in other places.
Cost: VVK 15 €, reduced 12 € | AK 16 €, reduced 13 €
We recommend a reservation through our Online shop or via our visitor centre.

Art and regional delicacies

Initiative "handmade Saale-Unstrut
Saale-Unstrut on canvas (watercolor painting) | Studio Anita Wolff
Drawings and Books | Small Gallery | Stefan Rühlemann
Fashion from Naumburg | Textile workshop | Manuela Fiebig
House sausage | Frank Schneider, Müncheroda
Vintage Food Truck | Die Wilde Manufaktur | Matthias Helmig
Mobile ice pleasure | ice friends, Wethautal
Mead and honey wines | Met Haus Naumburg | Jan Brentle
Beekeeper | Henning Jaworski

Rotkäppchen sparkling wine cellar Freyburg
The members of the Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Vereinigten Domstifter e.V. are waiting for you at the champagne stand. The sales proceeds support the fundraising project of the United Cathedral Founders "Patrons for Naumburg Cathedral".

Small fine delicacies
Café Wunderbar

Coffee and cake
Naumburg Cathedral Grammar School

Opening Hours

Cathedral, Cloisters and St. Mary's Church 09-18 hrs
KinderDomBauhütte 10-17 hrs.
Cathedral garden 10-21 h

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