Bad Lauchstädt
Parkstraße 18
06246 Goethestadt Bad Lauchstädt


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Goethestadt Bad Lauchstädt is a small town in the South of Saxony-Anhalt and the historical spa gardens and the Goethe Theatre can be found in its appealing town centre. Without the spa and the mineral spring, theatre history would have never been made in Lauchstädt. The Dukes of Saxony-Merseburg ordered the development of the spa in 1710. In 1775 the luxury spa facilities, also called Sächsisches Pyrmont, became popular as the electoral court at Dresden moved its summer residence to Lauchstädt. J. W. Chryselius, the architect of the Merseburg Cathedral Chapter, was assigned to design a modern spa, which was completed between 1776 and 1787. Dresden late Baroque was unmistakably the inspiration for the construction and brought a new shine to this small spa town. For almost 250 years people used the spa in Bad Lauchstädt and it became a meeting place for local aristocracy, the more affluent middle class and the great intellectual minds of the time. Noteworthy visitors were the famous poets Gottsched, Gellert and Gleim, the von Stein family as well as Charlotte von Lengefeld and Christiane Vulpius, Goethe’s wife.

With the debut of the Weimar Court Theatre in 1791, Bad Lauchstädt became a nationally recognised venue for theatre, opera and concerts. Goethe initiated the construction of the theatre and after twelve years it was opened on 26 July 1802 with W. A. Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito. With its charm and appealing design, the theatre has attracted both national and international visitors to the former spa town for more than 200 years. Friedrich Schiller himself was impressed by the unique theatre in 1803 when during a performance of The Bride of Messina a lightning storm made the audience shiver. A few years earlier in 1789 the poet stayed in Lauchstädt for a short while and struck up a close relationship with the von Lengefeld sisters. What started as a correspondence ended up with Friedrich Schiller becoming engaged to the younger of the sisters, Charlotte.

The spa’s golden age ended and it lost its popularity throughout Europe as Prussia acquired the territory as a result of the Congress of Vienna in 1815. In 1834 the theatre in Lauchstädt reached another highlight in its history as the Magdeburger Stadttheater performed there: 21-year-old Richard Wagner visited the town as a conductor and met actress Minna Planner, whom he married two years later. The only premiere performance thus far in the Goethe Theatre was hosted in 1912: Gerhart Hauptmann’s play Gabriel Schilling's Flight with Tilla Durieux in one of the starring roles caused a sensation.

Although the spa facilities have been disused since 1941, Goethestadt Bad Lauchstädt and the historical spa facilities still welcome visitors and offer an unforgettable theatre experience. After their restoration in the 1960s, the historical buildings can now be used for public or cultural events. Extensive conservation measures preserve the former glory of the luxury spa facilities. In 1994 the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt founded a GmbH (company with limited liability) in order to manage the former spa facilities and the Goethe Theatre. Each year from April to October leading local and national theatre groups give up to 50 guest performances with chosen repertoires. More than 20,000 people visit Bad Lauchstädt each year to enjoy a performance in a historical atmosphere. The wooden Baroque stage machinery still works and fascinates to this day. The annual Festspiel der deutschen Sprache (Festival of German Language) attracts international visitors to the spa town. The festival initiated by Kammersängerin Professor Edda Moser has been hosted in the Goethe Theatre in Bad Lauchstädt since 2007. Since then it has presented a renowned event series in order to preserve and cultivate the German language.



Guided Tours (Historical Spa Gardens, Goethe Theatre, Neues Schillerhaus and special exhibitions)


April - October

Tues. to Sun. and on public holidays: 10:30 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm and by appointment


November - March

Mon. to Sun. by appointment


Tours on event days at the Goethe Theatre only at 10:30 am. After an event a tour of the theatre is free of charge (for attendees of the event).


Minimum attendance for a guided tour: 5 persons or 20,00 €

Prices (year-round): 5,00 € per person | reduced price 4,00 €


Meeting place: Visitor centre in the spa gardens (Quellpavillion)



Historische Kuranlagen und Goethe-Theater Bad Lauchstädt GmbH

Parkstraße 18

06246 Goethestadt Bad Lauchstädt

Tel. +49 (0)34635 | 782 - 28

Fax            034635 | 782 – 22