The Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld is the biggest Romanesque church ruin in the world. It is also one of the most beautiful open air theatres worldwide and is the venue of the renowned Bad Hersfelder Festspiele. Every year, since 1951, it has invited famous actors from theatre, film and TV onto the stage, and thousands of viewers onto the tribunes. Although it used to be a hermitage amidst an impassable forest area which was made a monastery (and shortly afterwards an imperial monastery) by archbishop Lullus in 769. Martin Luther was welcomed in Bad Hersfeld on 30th April 1521 on his way back from the Reichstag in Worms. In the morning of 1st May he preached in the Stiftskirche before he travelled on, heading for Eisenach. In the year 1761, the Stiftskirche was destroyed by a fire.

Opening times:
from 15th March to Easter and
from 10th September until 31st October
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 o’clock,
and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Stadtkirche (City Church)

The mighty tower of the Stadtkirche overlooks the surrounding timbered houses of the Bad Hersfeld city centre. It lost its original Gothic spire more than 250 years ago in a fire, but with its characteristic Baroque auxiliary roof it has long become the trademark of the city.

The start of construction of the Stadtkirche at around 1300 was a clear sign of the grown self-confidence of the Bad Hersfeld citizens. The building with its three naves and the high church tower were to represent an equal counterpoise to the Stiftsruine.

Church services:
Church service: Sundays 10 a.m.
Prayer for peace: Fridays 6 p.m.
Brief service: Saturdays 11 a.m.

Opening times:
The Stadtkirche is open daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Minister Georg von Schultz
Gotzbertstr. 1
36251 Bad Hersfeld
Telephone: 06621 - 1 44 86