Friedenstein Palace & The Ducal Museum in Gotha

A Baroque universe

Friedenstein Palace towers over the city with its differently shaped corner towers as a landmark that can be seen from afar. Ernest the Pious laid the foundation stone for the palace that is considered be a prime example of Early Baroque architecture among the ruins of Grimmenstein Castle in 1643 as the Thirty Years’ War was coming to an end.

The monumental fortifications around the palace were razed at the end of the 18th century as they were no longer required – Friedenstein, which means “rock of peace”, lived up to its name and never had to suffer destruction. This fact is interesting for architecture enthusiasts but also of immense importance for the palace’s extensive collections. They are exhibited in the palace’s three museums and the Ducal Museum south of the palace quadrangle today.

Friedenstein Palace

Friedenstein Palace towers over the city with its differently shaped corner towers as a landmark that can be seen from afar. Ernest the Pious laid the...

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Schloss Friedenstein Gotha © Archiv SSFG L.Ebhardt

Friedenstein Palace - Ekhof Theatre

The fact that Gotha’s dukes staged their Friedenstein Palace as a pre-eminent centre of artistic endeavour is not just made clear by their passion for...

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Ekhof-Theater ©SSFG Olaf Ittershagen

Friedenstein Palace - Museum of Nature

Gotha’s dukes didn’t just have a sense and taste for art objects but also fostered a keen interest in researching natural history. Parts of the large...

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Museum der Natur ©SSFG A.Leeder

Friedenstein Palace - Palace chapel

One of the palace chapel’s features is the portal dated 1553/54, which originates from the period of the previous building, the Grimmenstein. As you...

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Schlosskirche ©SSFG M.Karthe

Friedenstein Palace - Palace museum

The palace museum in the north and west wing mainly displays the unchanged chambers of the Dukes of Saxe-Coburg-Altenburg and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha as...

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Schlossmuseum ©SSFG N.Pleil

The Ducal Museum

The Ducal Museum was built at the end of the 19th century to the south of Friedenstein Palace and has shown many genres of extensive art collections...

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Herzogliches Museum ©SSFG

University and research library Gotha

The university and research library is one of the most important historical libraries with historic book collections in Germany and is a lively place...

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Universitäts- und Forschungsbibliothek ©SSFG