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Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)

After Naumburg Cathedral, the Church of Our Lady is the most important ecclesiastical building dating from the transition period between Romanesque and Gothic in Thuringia (1220-1237). The soaring Gothic choir contrasts sharply with the low and subdued-looking nave of the three-aisle column basilica in Late Romanesque style. The more southerly of the two west towers is still basically Romanesque while the northern one is already in Gothic style. The main focus of the choir is the large winged altar by Jakob Naumann dating from 1498. Tombs of the counts of Schwarzburg are to be found on the walls of the sepulchral chapel in the northern side choir. There is an exhibition of medieval objets d'art inside the church.

Of particular significance is the epitaph of Gunther the Bellicose and his wife Catherine of Nassau dating from 1590. In the middle of the chapel is the tomb of Gunther XXV of Schwarzburg and his wife Elisabeth, a work of art created at the end of the 14th century by the school of Peter Parler. Opposite the west portal of the church, we see a tower in the town wall converted into a "Brunnenkunst" (waterworks) in 1555, in which an elevator pumped the water of the Kelle (or "Stadtweisse") to the higher roads (converted again in 1876).

Opening hours

Monday: 11:00 - 15:00
Tuesday: 11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday: 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday: 11:00 - 15:00
Friday: 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 15:00
Sunday: 14:00 - 16:00

Open from May to October

Detailed information

  • Gothic
  • Basilica
  • Church
  • Monastery
  • Protestant


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Language: German, English, French, Italian


Restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for persons hard of hearing

Public parking spaces on marketplace (about 300 metres away). To visit the church, wheelchair users are recommended to bring an escort, also in view of the nature of the paths in the surrounding area. Access via a ramp (3 metres long, 0.95 metres wide, 9%) by the Romanesque nave. Advance notification is requested. Inside the church, there is a ramp (1.70 metres long, 0.77 metres wide, 16%) to the choir and christening font. The altar area can be viewed by wheelchair users from a little distance.

Guide dogs permitted. Induction loop available.

Disabled toilet about 500 metres away in Johann Sebastian Bach Church or Upper Church.  

Key to the pictograms



Contact information

Ev.-luth. Kirchgemeinde Arnstadt

Pfarrhof 2
99310 Arnstadt

Telephone: +49 (0) 3628 74 09 60
Telephone: +49 (0) 3628 74 09 25
Fax: +49 (0) 3628 74 09 64

Contact: Pfarrer Hans-G. Sekes

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