Guided tours for tour groups

Guided tours for groups are available by appointment only.

The Merseburg Cathedral is an impressive witness and important place of German history. Whether be it Otto the Great or Emperor Henry II, Rudolf von Rheinfelden or Thilo von Trotha – all of them are closely connected to the cathedral’s history. Come with us on a journey through time. Tour groups can plan their visit to Merseburg Cathedral to meet their needs and interests. In a range of guided tours, we show you the 1,000-year cultural history of the cathedral, our most delicate treasures and other views. Our Visitor Centre will be happy to offer advice and put together a traditional or completely customised tour schedule for you.

All of our tour options are presented in a brochure: Gruppenbroschüre Kaiserdom Merseburg_web

We look forward to your visit! Please note that tours are only offered in German. You can, however, bring an individual translator with you.

Guided tour of the cathedral: magical time travel through the cathedral

This journey through time will take you back to Otto the Great, Emperor Henry and Cunigunde, who laid the foundation for the cathedral, but also to bishop Thietmar who became world-famous for his Merseburg Chronicle, and of course to Thilo von Trotha and his fateful encounter with thievish ravens. On this tour we tell you about the cathedral’s building process and the adventurous fight of the first German anti-king Rudolf von Rheinfelden. We show you how the cathedral was used as court church by the Wettin dynasty during the Baroque period and, at last, the famous Ladegast organ which is an impressive witness of Romanticism. On this tour, stories from centuries of German history will come to life.

Content and focus of the tour can be modelled after your individual needs and interests. 

Duration: 60 min
Costs: 50.00 € plus admission fee

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Guided tour of the cathedral and cathedral treasury: the magic of a thousand years of history

The focus of this tour is the eventful and exciting history of the Merseburg Cathedral treasures. We open the doors of our treasury in which sacred rarities and a selection of archival records from the cathedral archive, some of which from the Ottonian era, are displayed. You are also taken through the magnificent heraldic hall of the chapter house, which Bishop Thilo von Trotha had prestigiously decorated in the 16th century, and shown our mystical page with the Merseburg Incantations and the legendary mummified hand of the anti-king Rudolf von Rheinfelden. The tour ends in the cosy ambience of the Baroque chapter house garden.

Duration: 90 min
Costs: 70.00 € plus admission fee

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Guided tour of the cathedral with a tour of the towers: Towers, stairs and bells Türme, Treppen und Geläut

Mit seinen zum Himmel ragenden Türmen ist der Kaiserdom das Wahrzeichen Merseburgs. Über die sogenannte Königstreppe führen wir Sie bis auf den beeindruckenden Dachstuhl des Doms und erläutern Ihnen die gewaltige Decken- und Gewölbekonstruktion. Die gotisch-barocken Glockenstühle, die 11 Glocken aus 10 Jahrhunderten vereinen, beherbergen mit der um 1180 gegossenen 2 Tonnen schweren Clinsa die wohl berühmteste Domglocke. Lassen Sie sich vom Klang des mittelalterlichen Glockengeläuts verzaubern und genießen Sie auf der Aussichtsplattform des Süd-West-Turms den  fantastischen Blick über die Domanlage und die Dächer der Stadt bis weit hinein in die Region.

Duration: 90 min
Costs: 70.00 € plus admission fee

Not suitable for persons with a fear of heights. Sensible footwear must be worn. The tower climb is not suitable for children under 6 years old.

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Guided tour of the cathedral and the princely crypt: memoria and representation

The princely crypt is one of the most remarkable monuments of Baroque burial culture. On this tour you are given perspective into the cathedral in its role as court church for the ducal family of Saxe-Merseburg, a branch of the Wettin dynasty, during the Baroque period. The high altar, the organ case and the portal to the crypt still bear witness to this magnificence. Climax of the tour is the princely crypt. The burial ground consists of three medieval chapels in which lay 37 elaborately detailed coffins made of tin and wood. Immerse yourself into one of the most important historic periods of the Merseburg Cathedral. 

Duration: 90 min
Costs: 70.00 € plus admission fee

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Exclusive guided tour of the Merseburg spells: Of mysticism and magic

Merseburg Cathedral preserves a treasure that is unique in the world: the Merseburg Spells from the 10th century. The magical incantations date back to pre-Christian times and are reminiscent of pagan Germanic customs. At that time, people believed in miracles and placed great hope in the power of their words and the assistance of the gods. We go to the places where the spells were found and explain how people lived, worked and spoke in those times. For in an impressive interpretation, we will also bring the magic to your ears in Old High German - pure goosebump feeling.

Duration: 60 min
Costs: 70.00 € plus admission fee

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Costume tour with empress or duchess: Merseburg power women

With little stories and curiosities, two power women revive their time. In a splendid robe, Kunigunde, dedicated wife of Henry II and founder of Merseburg Cathedral, initiates you into the secrets of the cathedral's construction 1000 years ago. Even today, numerous representations testify to the great veneration of the saint, the plowshare probably her most famous attribute and sign of the most famous legend about her person. 

Duchess Elisabeth reports from the time of the Baroque and the imposing reconstructions in the cathedral: high altar, princely crypt and the enormous organ prospect are testimonies from this era. Learn more about the life of the ducal family of Saxe-Merseburg as well as highly mysterious relationships. 

Duration: 60 min
Costs: 70.00 € plus admission fee 

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Merseburg Cathedral by candlelight: magic by night

Abseits der Besucherströme öffnen wir den Merseburger Dom exklusiv für Sie. Die mittelalterliche Kathedrale wird in diesen Abendstunden allein durch Hunderte von Kerzen erhellt. Der warme Kerzenschein taucht den beeindruckenden Bau in ein ganz eigenes Licht, das längst vergangene Zeiten wiederaufleben lässt. Bestaunen Sie kostbare Kunstwerke, wie die bronzene Grabplatte Rudolfs von Rheinfelden, das filigran geschnitzte Chorgestühl der Domherren oder die bis zum Gewölbe reichende Ladegastorgel in einem ganz besonderen Licht. Ihr Weg führt Sie hinab in die romanische Hallenkrypta, über den Kreuzgang zu den Merseburger Zaubersprüchen und endet mit einem Blick über das romantische Lichtermeer des nächtlichen Merseburgs. 

Duration: 60 min
Costs: 130.00 € tour fees plus admission fee
Exclusively for a group and only available outside of normal opening hours

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Guided tour of the cathedral with organ prelude on the Ladegast organ: Sounding cathedral treasure

Crown your visit to Merseburg Cathedral with a special sound experience - an organ recital on the romantic Ladegast organ. The baroque "Queen of Instruments", rebuilt between 1853 and 1855 by Friedrich Ladegast, is with its 5687 pipes and a height of almost 13 meters one of the largest and most beautiful sounding romantic organs in Central Germany. On the basis of a smaller "organ princess" you will get interesting insights into an organ work and may pull the stops yourself once. This guided tour will make your visit to Merseburg a unique listening experience.

Duration: 90 min
Costs: 170.00 € tour fees plus admission fee

Tip! Every September the Merseburger Orgeltage (Merseburg Organ Days) offer you exceptional concert experiences. Additionally, the Orgelklang 12 (Organ Sound 12) concerts are held every second Sunday at 12 noon from May to October. To enjoy 40 minutes of organ music, you only need a valid ticket for the cathedral. 

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The highlights of the imperial cathedral: 1000 years of history in just 60 minutes

In just 60 minutes we will introduce you to our highlights: Cathedral, cathedral treasury and princely crypt. From the beginnings of the former imperial palace to its use as a baroque court church. From the mystical early Romanesque crypt to the Baroque burial culture in the impressive princely crypt to the Merseburg cathedral treasure with the world-famous Merseburg spells and the sacred treasures of the cathedral chapter - here you will learn what made the imperial cathedral one of the most remarkable cathedral buildings.

Duration: 60 min
Costs: 70.00 € tour fees plus admission fee

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Exclusive guided tour for Christmas and New Year: And an angel appeared to Mary

A cozy candlelight illuminates the wintry cool Merseburg Cathedral and takes you on a journey into the world of the Bible and its protagonists. The Christmas story is told in many different ways and is unthinkable without the mother Mary. During this guided tour, she will be the center of attention. Travel with Mary in and around Merseburg Cathedral. You will be amazed at how often her image is found on altars, paintings and other works of art. Her traces already begin on a unique testimony of medieval stained glass, a glass medallion in the triple window group of the vestibule and lead through the nave past the pulpit in the bishop's chapel to the cathedral treasury. Perhaps you will also notice the numerous angels accompanying your journey? I wonder what they want to announce? 

Duration: 60 min
Costs: 130.00 € tour fees plus admission fee
Exclusively for a group and only available outside of normal opening hours

Tip!
Finish your Advent tour with a tasty mulled punch (plus € 2.50 p.p.) in the special ambience of the cloisters or extend the offer with a 15-minute Christmas organ recital (€ 100.00 p. group).

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