Cultural Treasures around the Saale and Unstrut
Naumburg Cathedral is at the centre of a remarkable cultural landscape.
Around the river Saale and its tributary Unstrut the middle ages can be glimpsed in all its glory. The wide-reaching developments of the 13th century in art, architecture and landscaping are reflected in important monuments and centuries-old cultivation. The interplay between medieval-inspired nature and culture is unique around the world. Among its vineyards, castles and monasteries so many of our visitors succumb to the charms of the Saale-Unstrut region.
Cathedral city and site of Lutheranism: Welcome to Naumburg!
Naumburg looks back over 1,000 years of history which you can sense from wandering its medieval alleyways. Search for traces of Johann Sebastian Bach at the Church of St Wenceslaus with its famous Hildebrandt organ, meet Friedrich Nietzsche at the Nietzsche-Haus museum or taste Naumburger Bier at the Ratskeller. Martin Luther, the church reformer visited the cathedral city on numerous occasions and even inaugurated the first Lutheran bishop here. Right in the centre of the land of wine and stone, don’t miss the opportunity to taste the region’s wines at one of the numerous Straußwirtschaft or wine taverns.
Charms and romantic organ music at Merseburg Cathedral
The 1,000-year-old Imperial Cathedral in Merseburgholds major cultural and historical significance and lies just 40 minutes away by car. The Cathedral and Castle complex sited idyllically on the banks of the river Saale with its impressive array of treasures and chapter house garden was a favoured location of German kings and queens and contains invaluable cultural artefacts like the Merseburg Charms.
Immerse yourself in the sounds of the famous Romantic-era Ladegast organ at one of its many concerts.
Top tip: Make use of our Naumburg Merseburg combi ticket!
(including audio guide at both sites)
Adults: 15,00 €
Concessions (students, apprentices, recipients of level II unemployment benefit, holders of a severe disability card): 10,00 €
School-aged children: 5,00 €
Discover the mystery of the writings in the Zeitz Abbey Library
The medieval and early modern holdings of the Zeitz Abbey Library belong to the oldest and most important book collections in Central Germany. The unity of the historically grown holdings, which can be admired here in special rooms, is unique. In total, the Abbey Library contains 40,000 volumes. It is made up of several individual libraries, including the book collection of the Naumburg bishops, the Zeitz canon's library, the Zeitz council school or high school library and the humanist scholars' library of the last Naumburg bishop Julius Pflug (1499-1564).
Tuesday and Thursday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
guided tours from April-October on the last Saturday of each month at 13.00
Top tip: You can always find current readings and events in the calendar!
The Inspiring Six
World Heritage in Saxony-Anhalt
Naumburg Cathedral is one of the six inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the beautiful tourist destination of Saxony-Anhalt. Testimonies from over 7000 years of German and European history have been preserved in a unique density.
Garden landscapes from the Age of Enlightenment, picturesque old towns from the Middle Ages, architectural milestones - the cultural heritage in Saxony-Anhalt is large and varied.
Land of wine and stone
The countryside surrounding the Saale and Unstrut rivers holds delights for lovers of history, wine connoisseurs and activity-seekers alike. Castles, cities, cathedrals and monasteries provide testimony to the former splendour of the high middle ages and harbour world-renowned works of art. Indulge yourself in the land of wine and stone with a glass of bubbly or the noble drop. Those keen on walking, cycling or watersports will find plenty on offer among the vineyard-clad hills, rivers and the Saale cycle trail.
For information on everything the region has to offer including events and highlights:
In order to obtain current and comparable data on the guest structure and the evaluation of the offer, the Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V. participates in the Germany-wide guest survey. Results are expected to be available in the summer of 2023 after the survey period is complete. You can participate here:
Along the Romanesque Route
The "Romanesque Route" brought to life in 1993 links individual buildings showcasing medieval architecture. Since 2007, it has been connected to the cultural route known as TRANSROMANICA, recognised by the European Council, which links Romanesque buildings in Saxony-Anhalt, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Romania and Serbia.
Let yourself be amazed by the beautiful round arches and noble symmetry of the middle ages.
Garden Dreams: Historic parks and gardens in Saxony-Anhalt
Whether rambling estates with grand boulevards and baroque floral displays, well-groomed monastery gardens full of herbs and medicinal plants or botanic gardens abundant with the exotic – gardens and parks have offered a place to dream and reflect for hundreds of years. The 50 most beautiful parks and gardens in Saxony-Anhalt have come together to create a green network to whisk you away along scented paths, past charming sculptures, romantic castles and manor houses to the most intimate places the state has to offer. Picnics, flower markets, nocturnal strolls or classical concerts in idyllic settings, create your own unforgettable moment.
Discover Thuringia with the Weimar Card Plus
With the weimar card plus follow in the footsteps of great poets, thinkers
and musicians in Weimar and the Thuringian surroundings! The card opens the doors to 27 Weimar museums and 14 Thuringian palaces, castles and exhibitions as well as the World Heritage Site Naumburg Cathedral in Saxony-Anhalt. The weimar card plus is valid for four days (96 hours) and is available for 59.50 euros at the Naumburg Cathedral ticket office and other participating institutions.
All information about the weimar card plus and all participating partners can be found in the associated Accompanying booklet.
The State Garden Show in Beelitz
From April 14 until October 31, 2022, the National Garden Show will take place in Beelitz. Its motto is "Garden festival for all senses". This motif runs as a common thread through the flower shows and the programme of events: Beelitz and the region invite you to celebrate, enjoy and feast for an entire summer. Designed nature and historical city space become the common scenery of a special garden festival. During six months, Beelitz expects hundreds of thousands of guests who will enjoy flowers, perennials, unusual plants, the famous asparagus and romantic green spaces together with the inhabitants of the town.
KulturAkademie: for people who want to know more
This not-for-profit organisation strives to create a welcoming culture in the Naumburg region. Offering a range of cultural activities, the KulturAkademie brings you closer to educational and applied art, history, architecture and philosophy, reveals the latest research and conveys exclusive practical knowledge.