Churches in Clausthal-Zellerfeld in the Harz Mountains

The religiousness of the Upper Harz population is reflected in the density of places of worship. Clausthal-Zellerfeld alone has two impressive churches: the market church "Zum Heiligen Geist" and the church "St Salvatoris".

With its striking blue colour and solid timber construction, it is known as Germany's largest wooden church. But "St Severin" is also impressive as the former transverse church from the 17th century and later rebuilt three-aisled hall church.

Market church "Zum Heiligen Geist"

The market church "Zum Heiligen Geist" is the central point of attraction on the town hall square in the Clausthal district. The previous building, which was destroyed in a fire in 1634, was replaced by a wooden church, which was completed in 1642 and consecrated at Whitsun 1642. In Clausthal, you can visit the largest wooden church in Germany with seating for 2,200 people. The baroque-style Marktkirche Zum Heiligen Geist was built from spruce and oak. Particularly worth seeing inside the church are the huge organ and the large altar. In the south-west corner of the nave you will find an alabaster carving depicting the Passion of Christ.


Opening hours

Tue-Sat 11.00 - 16.00 Sun 12.00 - 16.00


St Salvatoris Church in Clausthal-Zellerfeld

St Salvatoris Church in Clausthal-Zellerfeld was built in solid construction between 1675 and 1683 to replace a previous wooden building that had burnt down. It is the only historic church in the Upper Harz Mountains to be built in solid construction. Inside, you can see the wooden baptismal angel and the carved organ prospectus, both of which are of cultural and historical interest. The harmonious overall appearance of the church interior is rounded off by the winged altarpiece by the painter Werner Tübke.


Opening hours

Open daily: 11.00-17.00 (from Palm Sunday - Reformation Day)

Open church tours: 4th Thursday of the month 4.00 pm, free admission Group tours: all year round, dates by arrangement

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