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

February 22, 2023: "In the Catacombs of Knowledge" - Booked out!

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | 6 p.m. | Meeting point: Palace courtyard, Ducal staircase

In the catacombs of knowledge

Guided tour of the cellars of the east wing and east tower of Friedenstein Castle with architectural historian Udo Hopf (Weimar).

The guided tour will be held in German.

Next tour: Wednesday, October 18, 2023,6 p.m. Due to limited capacity, registration is required for participation at by October 11, 2023.

May 6, 2023: Gotha Perthes Collection Open Day

Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Location: Perthes Forum

Open Day of the Gotha Perthes Collection

The Gotha Perthes publishing family - on the 230th anniversary of the birth and 170th anniversary of the death of Wilhelm Perthes.

The guided tours will be held in German.

The event is now fully booked. If you miss the event this time, you will have another chance to get an insight into the Gotha Perthes Collection in autumn: another open day with guided tours is planned for 21 October 2023.

June 4, 2023: "The Orient in Gotha" - Cancelled!

Sorry, the guided tour has to be cancelled!

Sunday, June 4, 2023 | 2 p.m. | Meeting point: Hall of Mirrors

Special guided tour "The Orient in Gotha"

On the occasion of the UNESCO World Heritage Day, Dr. Feras Krimsti, scientific speaker of the Oriental Manuscript Collection of the FB Gotha, will guide you through the magnificent historical display rooms and present the valuable Arabic manuscript "Kitāb al-Aqālīm", which was written in 569/1173 and was included in the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage in 2015.

The guided tour will be held in German.

Due to limited capacity, registration at or tel. 0361-737 5530 is required by June 1, 2023.


June 16, 2023: "Library digital"

Friday, June 16, 2023 | 6 p.m. | Meeting place: Hall of Mirrors

"Library digital"

Guided tour of the Research Library's Digitization Center on the occasion of the nationwide Digitization Day.

The guided tour will be held in German.

Due to limited capacity, registration is required for participation at by June 14, 2023.