Guided tours

The Gotha Research Library offers guided tours of the display rooms at Friedenstein Palace (Schlossplatz 1, 99867 Gotha).

The Perthes Collection in the Perthes Forum (Justus-Perthes-Straße 1-9, 99867 Gotha), which belongs to the Research Library, offers guided tours on the Perthes Collection Open Day, which takes place twice a year.

All tours are by appointment only.

The Gotha Research Library is part of the impressive architectural ensemble of Friedenstein Castle. It has been located in the east tower of Friedenstein Palace since 1698 and expanded over all floors of the tower and into the east wing in the 19th and 20th centuries.  The guided tours show the historic library room, the former living quarters of the dukes of Gotha and the outstanding historic coin cabinet. These rooms are now used as book stacks.


Special tours

September 26, 2023: "Grimm in Gotha"

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 5 p.m. | Meeting point: Hall of Mirrors

Special guided tour „Grimm and Gotha“

On the occasion of the 300th birthday of Friedrich Melchior Grimm, PD Dr. Monika Müller, Head of the Collections and Preservation Department of the Gotha Research Library, will lead a tour through the historical display rooms and introduce Grimm and his time using the valuable manuscripts of the Gotha Research Library.

The guided tour will be held in German.

Due to limited capacity, registration at is required by September 25.

October 28, 2023: 17th Gotha Museum Night

Saturday, October 28 | 8, 9 and 10 p.m.| Meeting point: Hall of Mirrors

17th Gotha Museum Night

Guided tours through the historical showrooms of the Gotha Research Library.

Participation is limited to 25 persons per tour. Free tickets are available at the Info-Point in the courtyard of Friedenstein Palace.

The guided tour will be held in German.

Organiser: Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha in cooperation with the Gotha Research Library