At the heart of Anhalt, not even 25 km from the Bauhaus city of Dessau, the former residency of the princes and dukes of the Köthen lineage awaits discovery. Many sights recount the rich history, from Johann Sebastian Bach to the Fruitbearing Society. The twin towers of St. Jakob Church, built in 1400 and visible from afar, beckon visitors to take a walk through the elaborately restored old town.
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Köthen’s history holds a lot to discover indeed. For example, Johann Sebastian Bach was living and working at the court of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen as Kapellmeister for six years throughout which he created unforgettable music, among them the Brandenburg concertos. Looking back he remarked those years to have been happy. The marks Bach left can be found all over the town, for example in St. Agnus Church and, of course, in the castle with its adjoined museums.
Those museums address other personalities who have played important roles in the history of Köthen; the Naumann Museum, for example, houses the collection of the founder of Central European ornithology, Johann Friedrich Naumann, which has been on display since 1835. The exhibition “Adventurous World of the German Language” by the Fruitbearing Society is displayed in the castle. Head of this first baroque academy for the promotion of the German language was Prince Ludwig of Köthen. Known to a wider audience is Samuel Hahnemann who was living in Köthen for many years from 1821 on, making the town a Mecca for homeopathy. Along with the exhibition in the castle and the European library of homeopathy, his old home has become a magnet for visitors from all over the world. The town of Köthen bridges tradition and modernity easily for which the University of Applied Sciences is a good example: The former ducal polytechnical where Hugo Junkers taught avionics today represents the town’s vital nerve more than ever – students from 100 countries enliven the cityscape.
Whether by bike, car or train, the Bauhaus city’s neighboring county seat Köthen (Anhalt) is fast and convenient to reach. We are looking forward to your visit!
Opening hours of the tourist information
Tue – Sun 10 am – 5 pm
Getting there by bike
The Orange Route
Getting there by public transport
Halle-Dessau, Köthen train station
Halle-Magdeburg, Köthen train station
Getting there by car
A9 Berlin-Munich – Exit Bitterfeld-Wolfen
A9 Berlin-Munich – Exit Dessau Ost
A14 Leipzig-Magdeburg – Exit Bernburg
A completely new life awaited Johann Sebastian Bach in Köthen. As a court conductor at the court of Prince Leopold, who loved music, he felt very well here and composed some of his most famous and creative works such as the “Six Brandenburg Concertos". Participate in a 2-hour tour including a […]
Walk in the footsteps of the founder of homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann who has made the town a hotspot for homeopathy, and arrange your 2-hour tour individually.
The restored Hahnemann House and the originally preserved homeopathic pharmacy on the his Paris desk is definitely a must-see when […]
The Adventurous World of the German Language shows selected historical periods of the German language making it easily comprehensible for everybody. In the exhibition language can be experienced interactively and the possibilities of the German language can be explored with the help of modern media.
Veranstaltungszentrum im Schloss Köthen