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Goetheanum, Dornach

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Must see · Architectural Building · Convention Center
The Goetheanum, located in Dornach, in the canton of Solothurn, Switzerland, is the world center for the anthroposophical movement.

The building was designed by Rudolf Steiner and named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It includes two performance halls (1500 seats), gallery and lecture spaces, a library, a bookstore, and administrative spaces for the Anthroposophical Society; neighboring buildings house the society's research and educational facilities. Conferences focusing on themes of general interest or directed toward teachers, farmers, doctors, therapists, and other professionals are held at the center throughout the year.

Both the present Goetheanum building and its precursor have been widely cited as masterpieces of modern architecture.
The Goetheanum is open for visitors seven days a week and offers tours several times daily.
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  • I’ve really liked this place since I was young. The atmosphere is really nice and relaxing. They have nice gardens and cherry trees. If you come visit I would recommend their restaurant, they support....  more »
  • A very interesting building with a rich history. It’s worth it to learn about its original building and then the new and also about Rudolf Steiner’s philosophies. Quite an interesting man, way ahead.....  more »
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  • A sculpted concrete building serving as the hub of multi field cultural and scientific renewal projects and center of the Anthroposophic worldview. There are tours I think German, English, Spanish perhaps other languages too. There are beautiful carved glass windows with spiritual significance. A nice cafeteria for coffee and a snack. Bookstore has innovative toys, loads of books with lots of translations. Several meeting places from a great hall to conference rooms as there are often multiple conferences ongoing.
  • The Goetheanum is the spiritual and administrative center of anthroposophy and Waldorf schools, based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. The building was constructed in the 1920s. The organic concrete structure avoids (mostly) right angles. A guided tour is recommended. There is also a bookshop and a restaurant.
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