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J. S. Bach Church

St. Bonifatious Church was destroyed in the great town fire in 1581 and rebuilt between 1676 and 1683 as the "Neue Kirche" (New Church). Master organ builder Johann Friedrich Wender made an organ for the Neue Kirche in 1703, which 18-year old Johann Sebastian Bach examined and tested.

Bach was the organist here from 1703 until 1707. In 1935, the church was renamed the "Johann Sebastian Bach Church" to mark the musician's 250th birthday.

On the organ gallery on the west side is the Baroque Wender organ already played by J.S. Bach and beneath it, on its own gallery, the Romantic Steinmeyer organ dating from 1913.

Opening hours

Monday: 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
Friday: 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 15:30

restricted opening hours during winter

Detailed information

  • Church
  • Protestant


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Language: German
  • Parking for coach: 4


Restricted access for wheelchair users Marked parking spaces for the disabled available Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons Assistance for persons hard of hearing Special and personal assistance resources for the disabled

1 disabled parking space (3.60 x 4.40 metres). To visit the church, wheelchair users are recommended to bring an escort in view of the features of the paths in the area. They can use the north side entrance via a ramp (2.25 metres long, 1.15 metres wide, 14%). Please give prior notice. Employees will be pleased to help. Staff at main entrance. Access to interior of church also via a ramp (1.03 metres long, 1.15 metres wide, 15%). Access to the altar area for wheelchair users via mobile rails. Info on WC: accessibility at left only = 70 cm, depth = 57 cm.

Guide dogs permitted.

There are tactile relief picture books about the Bach Church. There is an induction loop in the back rows (on the right) - can be used during church services and talks. Guide tours by prior arrangement.

Key to the pictograms



Contact information


An der Neuen Kirche
99310 Arnstadt

Telephone: +49 (0) 3628 740960
Fax: +49 (0) 3628 740964

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