On the Bright Banks of the Saale

In addition to the recently reconstructed solar observatory, Goseck also holds other attractions for visitors. Goseck Castle stands on a steep slope overlooking the beautiful Saale river valley between Naumburg and Weissenfels. The location of Goseck first received official mention in the year 881 in the so-called Hersfelder Zehntverzeichnis, a register of tithes. More than a century-and-a-half later, beginning in 1041, a Benedictine monastery was built near the Pfalzgrafenburg castle. In the early 16th century the monastery was dissolved. The building was sold to members of the nobility, who, mainly in the 17th century, converted it into a castle. Over time, extensive changes were made to both the interior and exterior of the building. In 1846, for example, parts of the walls were newly configured and planted with grapevines. Through these changes, the castle's owners gained a romantic view into the idyllic Saale valley.

Goseck Castle frequently changed owners. After 1945 it housed a school and youth hostel. Often ignored by funding measures, the splendid building went unappreciated for a long period. When the foundation 'Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt' acquired the castle and its grounds in 1997, extensive repairs and renovation work began. Further planned restoration measures are intended to draw attention to the significance of the castle.

The 'Europäisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum Schloss Goseck' was founded by Schloss Goseck e.V. in 1998 and today is housed within the castle walls. The organisation puts on numerous events and concerts, thereby heightening the castle's attraction for its many visitors. The "Gosecker Schlosskonzerte" series caters mainly to lovers of old music. These beautiful concerts draw audiences from far beyond the Saale-Unstrut region. Rehearsal rooms, guest rooms and a pub have additionally been created in the old castle.

In the lovingly furnished 'Heimatstube', once the coachman's quarters, the Gosecker Heimat- und Kulturverein exhibits antique utilitarian objects and documents which present guests with a view of life in the Saale valley as it was long ago.

A roughly 180-year-old gingko tree growing in the beautiful courtyard is greatly admired by the castle's many visitors.

Opening hours:
May to October:
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
November to April:
Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Europäisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum - Schloss Goseck
06667 Schloss Goseck
phone: +49(0)3443-284488
fax: +49(0)3443-284483