Ss. John the Baptist and Lawrence`s Cathedral – Merseburg

Above the city of Merseburg, on the left bank of the Saale river, rises the architectonically impressive ensemble of cathedral and castle which are able to tell important historic facts. Present-day Merseburg Cathedral is a late Gothic hall church with a transept and four towers. It is mainly characterised by the early Romanesque cathedral building constructed by Heinrich II and provides visitors with insights into the different centuries and their significant achievements in art, culture and the church.
One of the most valuable works of art is Germany’s oldest bronze portrait tomb of Rudolf of Swabia (around 1080), the counterking of Heinrich IV.
The three-nave, four-bay crypt (first half of the 11th century) is an important result of early Romanesque architecture. It is one of the oldest, unchanged, preserved and most beautiful hall crypts in Middle Germany.
Merseburg Cathedral is known far beyond Germany for its organ which was renovated by Friedrich Ladegast in 1855. With almost 5700 organ pipes it is one of the biggest organs of Romanticism with one of the most beautiful sounds in Middle Germany.
Visitors can enjoy a marvellous view of the cathedral precincts and the Saale region when climbing up the imposing west towers which contain medieval bells.


Architecture and Furniture

Regular guided visits


Opening times

March – October
Monday – Saturday: 9.00 – 18.00
Sunday/religious holiday:   11.00 – 18.00

November – February
Monday – Saturday: 10.00 – 16.00
Sunday/religious holiday: 12.00 – 16.00
24 December: 9.00 – 12.00
31 December:  9.00 – 14.00


Ss. John the Baptist and Lawrence`s Cathedral
Domplatz 7
06217 Merseburg
03461 – 21 00 45