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Date: In addition to public tours we offer a number of thematic tours featuring specific themes.
Costs: Tours in English with reservation 30 Euros per group (max. 25 persons)

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Get to know the Francke Foundations by taking one of our guided tours.

In addition to public tours we offer a number of thematic tours featuring specific themes.

The Francke Foundations

Knowledge of the world around 1700

Wunderkammer_Thomas Meincke_2013_klein  Highlight tour through the Wunderkammer and Library
Experience this cosmos of knowledge from the Baroque period: visit the Historic Library of 1728 and the Cabinet of Art and Natural History in the Historic Orphanage. The library’s impressive scenery storeroom holds valuable books dating from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries in the earliest preserved profane library building of Germany. The Cabinet of Art and Natural History is regarded as the earliest German museum room and is one of the best preserved cabinets of curiosities in Europe. Founded for educational purposes, it has again been set up after the original eighteenth-century museum concept at its historical location in the orphanage’s attic. The 18 collection cabinets holding over 3,000 natural history objects, curiosities and artefacts from around the world convey a unique impression of an early modern microcosm.


In Francke’s Footsteps

Francke-Denkmal  A special guided tour of Halle
Setting off from August Hermann Francke's most important work location the guided tour invites visitors to a walk in the founder’s footsteps through the historic centre of Halle. The trail leads past the St. George Church to the downtown St. Ulrich Church, in which Francke was appointed as a pastor in 1715. When the Pietist reformer passed away in 1727, he was entombed (as was his family) in the city cemetery, the northernmost Campo Santo of Europe, built in the Renaissance style.


Schools make history

Museumsnacht 2009_Illumination Waisenhaus  Guided tour on the history of education in the Francke Foundations
In the course of the early eighteenth century, circa 2,000 children attended the plural tier school system of the Halle Orphanage, which influenced European education by means of far-reaching innovations. The tour explains the educational programme of Halle Pietism during the eighteenth century and clips the development of education in the Foundations from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Luther 2017

In the footsteps of the Bible

Kapelle_Scholz  Devotional guided tour in the Chapel of St. George
In the Francke Foundations, a number of locations and exhibits relate to the time-honoured book of humanity, the Bible. The tour reveals these hidden “treasure sites” and leads to the Chapel of St. George and the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross. The rooms represent the diversity of cultures in Eastern and Western Christianity in Europe, recall their struggles and unite them in a confined space. This tour can be combined with prayers in the Chapel of St. George.


Luther’s Heritage and Francke’s Work

Luther-Relief Wunderkammer  113Photo: Klaus E. Göltz Special guided tour for the Luther Decade 2017
In around 1700, 4 thalers and 16 pennies in the alms box led the theologian and educator August Hermann Francke to found a school town, which contemporaries regarded as the “New Jerusalem.” Through Francke’s work Halle became a centre of Pietism – a religious revival movement within Protestantism, also refrerred to as “the Second Reformation.” With his social and religious projects Francke implemented Luther’s ideas on reform, which his students then transferred to India and North America.

International Relations

Halle and Russia

Guided tour about the history of the relations between Halle and Russia
Since the establishment of the Francke Foundations in 1698 August Hermann Francke sought to weave a close-knit Pietist network. The opening toward the West initiated by the reforms of Tsar Peter the Great in Russia aroused Francke’s particular interest, which was reflected in various activities and is currently alive within a dynamic cultural and scholarly exchange.


Halle and North America

Guided tour on the founding of the Lutheran Church in North America
After their expulsion from Salzburg in 1733, Salzburg Protestants migrated to the newly founded colony of Georgia. The Francke Foundations provided them with pastors, who remained connected with Halle. In 1734, the German Lutherans in Pennsylvania turned to Friedrich Michael Ziegenhagen (1694-1776) in London with the request for trained pastors. In 1742, Gotthilf August Francke despatched his pupil Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1711-1787) to Pennsylvania. He created a national church organisation and is nowadays considered a patriarch of the Lutheran Church of North America.


Halle and India

Guided tout on the history of the Danish-Halle Mission
Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg (1682-1719) and Heinrich Plütschau (1677-1752), two of August Hermann Francke’s students, were the first missionaries of the Danish-Halle mission who, on behalf of the Danish King Frederick IV, set foot on land at the South-Indian town of Tranquebar on 9 July 1706. The Danish-Halle Mission was significantly supported from Halle for more than 150 years. With their scholarly observations and area studies, which were published in Halle, the missionaries built a cultural bridge between Europe and Asia.

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Facility: Francke´s Home - Information Centre | To the facility
Date: In addition to public tours we offer a number of thematic tours featuring specific themes.
Location: House 28 (Franckeplatz 1, Haus 28, 06110 Halle (Saale)) | im interaktiven Lageplan anzeigen
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Costs: Tours in English with reservation 30 Euros per group (max. 25 persons)

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