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Dornach

Dornach is situated in the Birs valley close to Basel and belongs to the Schwarzbubenland region of Canton Solothurn. Dornach is well known as the place of residence of the General Anthroposophic Society with the Goetheanum.
The first Goetheanum, built between 1913 and 1920, burned down on New Year’s Eve 1922. The existing Goetheanum was built between 1924 and 1928 and designed by Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925), philosopher and founder of the Steiner Schools. It is considered a pioneering example of exposed concrete construction. The expressive structure with its expansive roof has no right angles, a feature which defines its unusual appearance. The Goetheanum is well known for its regular productions of Goethe’s Faust. There are daily guided tours of the Goetheanum.

The Dornach Capuchin Monastery was north-western Switzerland’s religious and pastoral centre for 300 years. Today, a foundation runs the monastery as a community centre, hotel and restaurant. It is home to the impressive, 22 metre-long battle relief of the Schlacht bei Dornach (Battle of Dornach) of July 22 1499, the last battle between the Swabian alliance and the Swiss during the Swabian War. The site of the 1499 battle was Dorneck Castle east of Dornach, which although in ruins, still has an imposing appearance.

For centuries, the only bridge between Angenstein and Münchenstein was located near Dornach. The wooden bridge fell into disrepair and was replaced by a three-arched stone structure in 1613. In 1735, a statue of the bridge’s patron saint Nepomuk was added. It is now exhibited at the local Schwarzbubenland History Museum in the former St. Mauritius Church.

Also worth seeing is the new Roman Catholic parish church of St. Mauritius, built 1937 – 1939 by Hermann Baur, a prime example of modern ecclesiastical construction. In the neighbouring Canton Baselland municipality of Arlesheim, the cathedral with its organ dating from 1761 and the Ermitage grounds landscaped in the English style at Castle Birseck are worth visiting.

Highlights

  • Goetheanum – Theatre and exposed concrete structure without right angles designed by Rudolf Steiner, founder of Anthroposophy.
  • Schlachtenrelief – 22-metre-long relief of the 1499 Battle of Dornach by Jakob Probst, 1949, hanging on the Capuchin Monastery wall at Dornach.
  • International tram line – route No. 10 of the Basel-Land Transport AG (BLT) runs from Dornach via Basel partly through France to Rodersdorf. It is with 26 km length one of Europe’s longest.
Dornach is situated in the Birs valley close to Basel and belongs to the Schwarzbubenland region of Canton Solothurn. Dornach is well known as the place of residence of the General Anthroposophic Society with the Goetheanum.
The first Goetheanum, built between 1913 and 1920, burned down on New Year’s Eve 1922. The existing Goetheanum was built between 1924 and 1928 and designed by Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925), philosopher and founder of the Steiner Schools. It is considered a pioneering example of exposed concrete construction. The expressive structure with its expansive roof has no right angles, a feature which defines its unusual appearance. The Goetheanum is well known for its regular productions of Goethe’s Faust. There are daily guided tours of the Goetheanum.

The Dornach Capuchin Monastery was north-western Switzerland’s religious and pastoral centre for 300 years. Today, a foundation runs the monastery as a community centre, hotel and restaurant. It is home to the impressive, 22 metre-long battle relief of the Schlacht bei Dornach (Battle of Dornach) of July 22 1499, the last battle between the Swabian alliance and the Swiss during the Swabian War. The site of the 1499 battle was Dorneck Castle east of Dornach, which although in ruins, still has an imposing appearance.

For centuries, the only bridge between Angenstein and Münchenstein was located near Dornach. The wooden bridge fell into disrepair and was replaced by a three-arched stone structure in 1613. In 1735, a statue of the bridge’s patron saint Nepomuk was added. It is now exhibited at the local Schwarzbubenland History Museum in the former St. Mauritius Church.

Also worth seeing is the new Roman Catholic parish church of St. Mauritius, built 1937 – 1939 by Hermann Baur, a prime example of modern ecclesiastical construction. In the neighbouring Canton Baselland municipality of Arlesheim, the cathedral with its organ dating from 1761 and the Ermitage grounds landscaped in the English style at Castle Birseck are worth visiting.

Highlights

  • Goetheanum – Theatre and exposed concrete structure without right angles designed by Rudolf Steiner, founder of Anthroposophy.
  • Schlachtenrelief – 22-metre-long relief of the 1499 Battle of Dornach by Jakob Probst, 1949, hanging on the Capuchin Monastery wall at Dornach.
  • International tram line – route No. 10 of the Basel-Land Transport AG (BLT) runs from Dornach via Basel partly through France to Rodersdorf. It is with 26 km length one of Europe’s longest.

Arrival and return Dornach

Adresse

Forum Schwarzbubenland
Bahnhofstrasse 32
4143 Dornach
Tel. +41 (0)61 702 17 17
info@schwarzbubenland.info
www.schwarzbubenland.info

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