TOUR TO THE BACHFEST LEIPZIG: EISENACH – LEIPZIG, 300 KM

June 9, 2018 – June 18, 2018

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DAY 1: INDIVIDUAL ARRIVAL AND EISENACH

Upon your self-organized arrival, we meet at the hotel in Eisenach at 2 pm. 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 2, EISENACH – GOTHA – OHRDRUF, 60 KM

We depart from Eisenach and cycle along the Hörsel, passing through the gentle rises and falls of the mythical Hörsel hills. Around noon we arrive at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha. Having recollected our strength during the break, 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. Come evening, we bike the short distance to Ohrdruf, and stay overnight in a hotel right next to the grounds of Ehrenstein Castle.

 

DAY 3, OHRDRUF – ARNSTADT, 25 KM

In the morning, 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. After a brief stop in the Thuringian Forest we reach Arnstadt. Following Bach’s footsteps, we walk around the historic city center and then make our way towards the Bach House and the Bach Church to hear organ music and an introduction to the history of the building.

 

DAY 4, ARNSTADT – DORNHEIM – ERFURT – WEIMAR, 52 KM

The next morning, we visit the Bach exhibition at Arnstadt’s Schlossmuseum (Palace Museum). Around noon we depart to see Bach’s wedding church in nearby Dornheim. After a guided tour of the church (where Bach fans from all over the world are still getting married today), 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.

 

DAY 5, WEIMAR – BAD SULZA, 35 KM

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. During the afternoon, we take the idyllic Ilm Valley bike trail going past castles, such as the summer residence of Weimar’s dukes and duchesses. Finally, we get to the Thuringian Wine Gate and the spa town of Bad Sulza, where weary cyclists can recover in the local thermal baths.

 

DAY 6, BAD SULZA – NAUMBURG – WEIßENFELS, 40 KM

A few kilometres onwards, we leave the Ilm behind and for the rest of the day follow the trail along the Saale, passing by romantic castles until we reach Bad Kösen with its impressive graduation works. Further on our way, the route leads us along the lower vineyards of Saale/Unstrut until we arrive in Naumburg. There, a guided tour of the famous Hildebrandt organ awaits us, which conveys the singularity of Bach’s sound ideal until today. After lunch we cycle to Weißenfels to visit the Heinrich Schütz House. Finally, we stop off to the sounds of Bach’s Hunting Cantata at the Jägerhof, the place it was performed for the first time.

 

DAY 7, WEIßENFELS – LEIPZIG, 60 KM

The next morning brings a guided tour of the chapel of Neu-Augustburg Castle. Later, we cycle east towards the White Elster. If the weather is nice we stop at the baroque castle Wiederau for lunch, and enjoy coffee and cake whilst listening to a cantata dedicated to Wiederau. Afterwards, the tour continues on the Elster bikeway through the Leipzig lake district to the last stop of the tour, Leipzig. In the evening we listen together to a concert at the Bach Festival with works by the Bach-rediscoverer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, performed in the famous Gewandhaus.

 

DAY 8, BACHFEST LEIPZIG

After an extensive tour around the city’s many Bach sites there is an opportunity to visit the Bach Museum and explore the city individually. In the evening, we get together to listen to a concert of Bach´s Brandenburg Concertos at St. Nicholas Church.

 

DAY 9, BACHFEST LEIPZIG

During the day, there are many opportunities to visit church services and other concerts individually during the Bach Festival. At 6 p.m., we meet at St. Thomas Church for the final concert of the Bach Festival, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and enjoy the rest of the evening together.

 

DAY 10, DEPARTURE

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

 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • nights at mid-range hotels incl. breakfast and lunch packs (on cycling days)
  • 1 group dinner in Ohrdruf
  • All entrance fees to museums and churches: Bachhaus Eisenach, Castle Friedenstein Gotha, Bachstammhaus Wechmar, Ehrenstein Castle Ohrdruf, Michaelis Church Ohrdruf, Bachhaus Arnstadt, Palace Museum Arnstadt, Traukirche Dornheim (Wedding Church), Heinrich Schütz House Weißenfels, Chapel of Neu-Augustusburg Castle Weißenfels, Bach Museum Leipzig
  • City tours in Eisenach, Ohrdruf, Arnstadt, Weimar, Leipzig
  • Organ tours and organ concerts in Bach Church Arnstadt, Wender organ and in St Wenzel Naumburg, Hildebrandt organ
  • 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 terranova-Touristik.

Optional extras:

  • Concerts Bachfest Leipzig:
    • Friday, June 15, 8 p.m.: Great Concert, Gewandhaus, Great Hall
    • Saturday, June 16, 8 p.m.: Brandenburg Concertos 1, St. Nicholas Church (third category)
    • Sunday, June 17, 6 p.m.: Final concert, Mass in B Minor (third category)
  • Rental trekking bike or rental e-bike; all bikes include bike bags, locks, tools and helmet
  • Return shuttle from Leipzig to Eisenach (incl. person, luggage and individual bike)

PRICE:

Per Person in double room: 1.290 €
Single supplement: 150 €
Package for 3 concert tickets Bachfest Leipzig: 150 €
Return shuttle Leipzig/Eisenach: 35 €
Rental trekking bike (8 gear or 24 gear): 60 €
Rental e-bike: 160 €

Group size: min. 14, max. 20

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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