THE YOUNG BACH: TOUR TO THE BACH BIENNALE WEIMAR (next dates in 2018)

DAY 1, SELF ORGANIZED ARRIVAL AND MÜHLHAUSEN

We meet at 2 p.m. at the hotel in Mühlhausen and explore the medieval town together. Young Bach had his second employment here. We visit the Divi Blasii church and St. Mary’s Church as well as the city archive, where we will see the certificate of Bach’s employment.

 

DAY 2, MÜHLHAUSEN – EISENACH, 45 KM

On our way to Eisenach we cycle through UNESCO World Heritage Hainich National Park, famous for its primeval beech forest. Afterwards, we take a tour around the city where Johann Sebastian Bach was born and visit the Bachhaus Eisenach. Explore the original places, streets and alleys where young Bach grew up.

 

DAY 3, EISENACH – GOTHA, 40 KM

We depart from Eisenach and cycle along the Hörsel, passing through the gentle rises and falls of the mythical Hörsel hills. Upon arrival in Gotha, we visit Friedenstein Castle, where we will see the baroque Ekhof Theatre with its original stage machinery. Our lodgings for the night are especially beautiful, situated within the Augustinian monastery in the old town.

 

DAY 4, GOTHA – WECHMAR – OHRDRUF 20 KM

In the morning, we continue the trail towards Wechmar, the Bachs’ place of origin. There we visit the ancestral home of the Bachs, housing the largest family tree of the musicians’ family as well as the original mill, formerly owned by great-grandfather Veit Bach.

In the afternoon, we bike the short distance to Ohrdruf, and stay overnight in a hotel right next to the grounds of Ehrenstein Castle. We explore Ehrenstein Castle and the idyllic village of Ohrdruf. Bach stayed here as a pupil with his elder brother. A unique highlight is the preserved library within the tower of Michaelis Church which holds hymnbooks and books of sermons dating back to Bach’s time.

 

DAY 5, OHRDRUF – ARNSTADT, 25 KM

We briefly stop in the Thuringian forest and reach Arnstadt in the late morning. Following Bach’s footsteps, we walk around the historic city center and then make our way towards Bach Church to hear organ music and an introduction to the history of the building. We visit the Bach exhibition at Arnstadt’s Schlossmuseum (Palace Museum) and the Bach House Arnstadt.

 

DAY 6, ARNSTADT – DORNHEIM – ERFURT – WEIMAR, 52 KM

We start the day by following along the way Bach’s wedding party took to his wedding church in neighbouring Dornheim. After a guided tour of the church (where couples are still getting married on same bench as Bach did!), we continue on our way along the Gera towards Thuringia’s capital, Erfurt. Here you are shown the most important places of interests concerning Bach and stroll through the city centre before reaching our destination for the day, Weimar. In the evening we will hear the opening concert of the Bach Biennale.

 

DAY 7, WEIMAR

In Weimar, you are guided around the surviving Bach sites, such as the city castle and city church, where many of Bach’s children where baptised. After this there is some time to explore the city. In the evening we will join the Baroque Celebration oft he Bach Biennale with music and dance from Bach´s time.

 

DAY 8, WEIMAR

Today we visit further concerts of the Bach Biennale in different parts of the beautiful city of Weimar.

 

DAY 9, DEPARTURE

After breakfast, everyone will embark on their individual journey home. Alternatively, you can join our shuttle to Mühlhausen.

 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • 8 nights at mid-range hotels incl. breakfast and 5 lunch packs
  • 1 group dinner in Ohrdruf
  • All entrance fees to museums and churches: city hall-archive Mühlhausen, Church Marien Mühlhausen, Church Divi Blasii Mühlhausen, Bachhaus Eisenach, Bachstammhaus Wechmar, Ehrenstein Castle Ohrdruf, Michaelis Church Ohrdruf, Palace Museum Arnstadt, Traukirche Dornheim
  • City tours in Mühlhausen, Eisenach, Ohrdruf, Arnstadt, Weimar
  • Organ tours and organ concerts in Church Divi Blasii, Mühlhausen and Bach Church, Arnstadt, Wender organ
  • Concerts/events Bach Biennale Weimar: Opening concert, Baroque Celebration, Sounding Bach frescos
  • Luggage transport from first to last hotel
  • List of equipment
  • Sheet music and information leaflets on Bach’s compositions
  • Double guiding

The booking is processed via our operator ViadellArte.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Optional extras:

  • Rental trekking bike (21 gears) for 8 days or rental e-bike/8 days; all bikes include bike bags, locks, tools and helmet
  • Return shuttle from Weimar to Mühlhausen (incl. luggage and bike). Shuttle leaves Monday, 9 a.m.

Price: tba per Person (double room)

Single supplement: tba

Group size: min. 15, max. 22

Changes reserved

 

EISENACH

Stadtführung
Bachhaus
Bachdenkmal
Georgenkirche
Lateinschule

 

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GOTHA

GOTHA

Schloss Friedenstein

 
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Mühlhausen

Mühlhausen

Stadtführung

Orgelmusik in Divi Blasii Kirche

Marienkirche

Stadtarchiv

Bachdenkmal

Mühlhausen City

 
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WECHMAR

WECHMAR

Führung im Bach-Stammhaus

Führung durch die Obermühle

wechmar

 
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OHRDRUF

Michaeliskirchturm mit Führung
ArchivSchloss Ehrenstein
Bachdenkmal

ohrdruf

 
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ARNSTADT

Stadtführung
BachhausBachkirche mit Orgelmusik und Einführung in die Geschichte der Kirche Bachdenkmal
Bach ChurchAusstellung im Schlossmuseum

arnstadt

 
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DORNHEIM

Traukirche mit Führung

dornheim

 
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ERFURT

Wohnhaus der Eltern J.S. Bach
Kaufmannskirche
Krämerbrücke

erfurt

 
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WEIMAR

Stadtführung
Bachdenkmal
Stadtkirche St. Peter und Paul
Stadtschloss

weimar

 
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NAUMBURG

Hildebrandt-Orgel in St. Wenzel mit Orgelführung- und Konzert

naumberg

 
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WEIßENFELS
Jägerhof
Schlosskapelle im Schloss Neu-Augustusburg
Heinrich-Schütz-Haus

weisenfels

 
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WIEDERAU

Barockschloss Wiederau

wiederau

 
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LEIPZIG

Ehemaliges Rittergut Kleinzschocher Stadtführung

Thomaskirche
Bachmuseum
Bachdenkmäler
Bachzimmer im Alten Rathaus
Alter Friedhof
Nikolaikirche

leipzig

 
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HALLE
 

Wilhelm-Friedemann-Bach-Haus

Händel-Haus
Liebfrauenkirche

halle

 
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KÖTHEN

Stadtführung

Schlossmuseum
Bachdenkmal
Kirche St. Agnes
Gedenkstein Maria Barbara Bach

kothen

 
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EISENACH

city tour

Bachhaus

Bach monument

St. George´s Church

Latin school

 

 

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GOTHA

Friedenstein Castle

 
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Mühlhausen

city tour

organ music in Church Divi Blasii

St. Mary´s Church

city hall-archive

Bach monument

Mühlhausen City

 
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WECHMAR

guided tour Bachstammhaus Wechmar

guided tour Bach-Mill

wechmar

 
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OHRDRUF

guided tour Michaelis Church Ohrdruf with archive

Ehrenstein castle

Bach monument

ohrdruf

 
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ARNSTADT

City tour

Bachhaus

Organ tour and concert Bach Church

Palace Museum

arnstadt

 
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DORNHEIM

Guided tour Bach Wedding Church

dornheim

 
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ERFURT

House of Bach´s parents

Merchants´ Church

Krämerbrücke

erfurt

 
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WEIMAR

City tour

Bach monument

Church St. Peter and Paul

City castle

weimar

 
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NAUMBURG

Organ tour and concert St. Wenzel Naumburg, Hildebrandt organ

naumberg

 
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WEIßENFELS

Jägerhof

Chapel of Neu-Augustusburg Castle

Heinrich Schütz House

weisenfels

 
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LEIPZIG

Former court Kleinzschocher

St. Thomas Church

Bach museum

Bach monuments

Bach-room Altes Rathaus

Old cemetary

St. Nicholas Church

leipzig

 
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WIEDERAU

Baroque Castle Wiederau

wiederau

 
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HALLE

Wilhelm-Friedemann-Bach House

Händel House

Market Church

halle

 
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KÖTHEN

City tour

Palace Museum

Bach monument

St. Agnes Church

Gedenkstein Maria Barbara Bach/ Maria Barbara Bach Memorial

kothen

 
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