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Dornach is a small town in Dorneck district, Solothurn canton, Switzerland, to the south of Basel.

Dornach was first mentioned in 1223. It was the site of the Battle of Dornach of 1499, which effectively freed the Old Swiss Confederacy from the Holy Roman Empire. The town of 6,300 people (2011 estimate) is predominantly German (88.5%). Most of the people here are Roman Catholics (34.6%), while member of the Swiss Reformed Church accounts for 22.4% of the population.

Dornach is best known today as the world center for anthroposophy, which was founded by Austrian social philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Steiner was strongly influenced by the writing of German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Hence the world center for the anthroposophical movement was named Goetheanum in his honor.

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Visiting Dornach

Dornach can be reached by train and bus from Basel.

Sights & Attractions in Dornach

  1. Goetheanum
    World center ofthe anthroposophical movement, a complex that includes auditoriums, gallery, lecture halls and bookstore. The building was designed in the Expressionist style, without any right angles. The present building, completed in 1928, is the second one after the original Goetheanum was destroyed by a fire in 1922.
  2. Schloss Dorneck
    Ruins of a castle located to the east of Dornach.

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