For Families

How did they build such an imposing building as Naumburg Cathedral almost a thousand years ago? Who was the Naumburg Master and why are his statues of the cathedral’s donors so famous? And why are there two monkeys in the East Choir playing chess? Naumburg Cathedral holds countless mysterious and astonishing stories for children, all embedded in the fascinating world of the late middle ages. In our KinderDomBauhütte (children’s construction workshop), you too can become a cathedral master builder and get to grips creatively with our UNESCO World Heritage Site. We offer a range of exciting activities and events for you all year round. Family groups can even book out the entire children’s construction workshop for your exclusive use and so you can all get creative together. Welcome to Uta’s world!

Botany in stone

The West Choir Screen in Naumburg Cathedral is covered in the most beautiful ornamental foliage from the middle ages. Almost as if they were alive, oaks, vines and hops all thrive on the columns. The Naumburg Master’s inspiration – the plants of the Saale-Unstrut region – can still be found in the Cathedral Garden. In among the greenery, you can compare the fine work of the medieval sculptors with their living inspiration and then have a go at the very precise art of sculpture yourselves. Following the traditions of construction workshops, slip into medieval dress and work with chisels, rasps and files to create a foliate relief out of aerated concrete based on your own sketches.

Duration: 150 min
Prices: 5.00 € per child | 10.00 € per adult
Minimum number of participants: 10

Heavenly light

The stained-glass windows of Naumburg Cathedral demonstrate the high level of craftmanship of the medieval glassmakers who fashioned items of such resplendence from this most sensitive material. Become a glass artists and experiment with the interplay between light, colour and shape to create your own pendent. In the glass workshop you get the chance to cut, break and grind glass to create your own slice of heavenly light as a memento of your session.

Duration: 150 min
Prices: 5.00 € per child | 10.00 € per adult
Minimum number of participants: 10

Marked by time

While discovering the Naumburg Cathedral Chapter Library, we’ll show you the more than 30,000 valuable medieval scripts, bound in beautifully-ornate leather covers. You’ll be given a rare insight into the extensive range of artefacts and the craft of leatherwork. End your session by making a personal bookmark from genuine sleek leather. We have a number of stitching irons in different shapes and sizes which can be combined in a multitude of ways to create your own individual piece of art.

Duration: 150 min
Prices: 7.00 € per child | 14.00 € per adult
Minimum number of participants: 10

Let there be light. Creative candlemaking

Candlelight creates a warm and cosy atmosphere. But what significance did light hold in the middle ages? Why are candles still lit in church today? We think about these questions while exploring the cathedral. Afterwards, we make individual candles using a range of construction techniques.

Duration: 150 min
Prices: 6.00 € per child | 12.00 € per adult
Minimum number of participants: 10

Individual cathedral exploration

Children and families can also explore the cathedral on their own. At the visitor service, we have provided you with interesting and fun material with which you can discover many surprising stories and details in the cathedral. In the children's audio guide, the monkey sculpture Simius takes you through the entire cathedral and explains the history of the building and the most important works of art. The Passion relief on the Westlettner comes to life with an audio play. If you want to delve even deeper into the cathedral's secrets, you can take part in a cathedral rally that takes you through the cathedral and the cathedral garden and has lots of tricky questions and funny anecdotes in store for you.

The audio guide is included in the admission price.
Costs Cathedral Rally: 1,00 € per exploration booklet

Discover something new all year round

Spring, summer, autumn and winter, whether its open doors day, children’s day or one of the cathedral’s large events – the KinderDomBauhütte is always in on the action and is open to children and families to create their own adventures. Please note that all fixed events at the KinderDomBauhütte are held in German only.

Look out for family events in our events calendar to make sure you don’t miss any of the fun.

Several times throughout the year, we also put on family days. On these days, we open the KinderDomBauhütte for you and your families and offer a wide range of activities.