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Upper Church in Arnstadt

The Upper Church with the adjoining complex was built in the 13th century as a Franciscan monastery. It was constructed as a Gothic hall church with a length of almost 60 metres and width of 11 metres. The tower was added to stabilise the building in 1461. Wide-reaching changes were made to the interior of the church in the 17th century. A feature of particular interest is the display of pictures of Old Testament scenes in the galleries.

The Upper Church was the town's main church for a long time. Extensive constructional damage led to the church having to be closed in 1977. The roof was repaired in 1991 and the building was made safe, so that the church was able to be used by the parish to a limited extent. Since 2007, the oberkirche arnstadt cultural association has staged concerts, cinema, markets and childrens' programmes in agreement with the parish. The association supports the parish in its efforts to preserve the buildings of the former monastery. Extensive redevelopment of the church and the monastery finally began in 2008 and is scheduled to be completed by the Luther Year in 2017.


Opening hours

Monday: 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday: 11:00 - 15:00
Friday: 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 15:00

Detailed information

  • Baroque
  • Gothic
  • Romanesque
  • Church
  • Protestant


  • Language: German


Restricted access for wheelchair users Marked parking spaces for the disabled available Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users

Disabled parking space (3 x 4.90 metres) by Community Hall, from which access to the church is possible for wheelchair users via a ramp (4 metres long, more than 1.20 metres, 15%). Advance notice is requested. Outdoor paths over cobbles. WC in the Community Hall. Info: accessible at left only = 93 cm, depth = 53 cm.

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Contact information


Pfarrhof 1
99310 Arnstadt

Telephone: +49 (0) 3628 74 09 60
Telephone: +49 (0) 3628 60 20 49

Contact: Stadtkirchenamt Arnstadt

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