Köthen (Anhalt) as a former royal seat in the heart of Anhalt, lives and breathes more than nine centuries of rich history. Walking through the lovingly restored old town, it is easy to follow the traces of those personalities who carried the name of the city all over the world until today. Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked for six years as court kapellmeister at the court of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen, where he created unforgettable works such as the Brandenburg Concertos. Go in search of traces of the cradle of homeopathy, discover the collection of the founder of Central European ornithology, Johann Friedrich Naumann, and explore Köthen’s landmarks, such as the Cathedral Church of St. Jacob with its twin towers.
We recommend the Köthener Tourist Information on Schloßplatz as a starting point for the tour. Here you can get a lot more information about Köthen sights, events, etc. Note: You can park your car all day at the Schloßplatz, because everything is very easy to reach on foot.
Start with a visit to the museums in Köthen Castle: You will gain insight into Köthen’s time as a royal seat, learn interesting facts about Bach’s and Hahnemann’s creative period in Köthen and their importance for the city.
With the World HeritageCard you receive the Castle Card for free admission to the museums in Köthen Castle.
St. James Church & Prince's Crypt
Climb up the towers of St. Jacob’s Church, which offers a unique view of the city, and visit the magnificent coffins in the princely crypt.
Free ascent of the tower and guided tour of the princely crypt with the World HeritageCard.
Lunch at the Brauhaus Köthen
Stop for lunch at the Brauhaus Köthen – one of the oldest houses in the city. Enjoy here the probably most beautiful beer garden of Köthen with approx. 90 seats.
With the World HeritageCard, visitors receive a house beer (0.3 l) and a Treberbrot free of charge. Lunch is not included in the World HeritageCard.
Coffee roaster Hannemann
Visit the Hannemann coffee roastery for a short coffee break and take home a tin of World Heritage coffee as a personal gift.
1 can of World Heritage coffee (150 g) beans or ground free with the World HeritageCard.
The 24-hour World HeritageCard loses its validity the next day at 09:59!
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Public Guided tour of the city (first Saturday of the month)
Experience 900 years of city history in an entertaining 90-minute public guided tour.
Tip. This is always followed by one of the rare guided tours through the princely crypt of St. Jacob’s Church from 3:00 p.m. (included in the World HeritageCard).
Free public guided tour of the city from April-October.
13:00 - 17:00
Art Project Saxon Mirror Reppichau
At the gates of the city of Köthen in Reppichau, the first open-air museum for German and European medieval legal history pays tribute to the author of the Sachsenspiegel: Eike von Repgow. Get to know the art project Sachsenspiegel in a guided tour.
Free admission to the museum.
Study the history of the Maxdorf manor, located near Köthen, over a cup of coffee and learn more about the inhabitants of the manor (incl. art guide).
Tip. Guided tour with Princess Henriette into the past of the estate (not included in the World HeritageCard).
1 cup of coffee and an art guide free with the World HeritageCard.
Further tour suggestions of the World HeritageCard
Anhalt has much more to offer: Follow in the footsteps of Catherine the Great in Zerbst or discover the mountain town on the beautiful Saale, Bernburg, with the “Crown of Anhalt”.
24 hours tour for connoisseurs
History and culture
Feast and enjoy culture in the Anhalt cities of Bernburg and Köthen. Add to this a detour to the Bauhaus in Dessau and the tour for connoisseurs is complete!
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3 days through the residential cities of Anhalt
Zerbst - Köthen -Bernburg
In the heart of Anhalt, the Bach city of Köthen (Anhalt), the castle in Bernburg known as “Anhalt’s crown” and the hometown of Catherine the Great in Zerbst are waiting to be discovered by you.
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On the R1 through Saxony-Anhalt
Discover the World Heritage Region on an active vacation by bike.