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

June 12, 2021 – June 21, 2021

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COVID-Update: Bachfest Leipzig will take place with a small audience. We will operate the travel!

This tour leads us virtually chronologically from Bach’s birthplace Eisenach all the way to Leipzig, where he spent the second half of his life as director of music at St. Thomas. Here, we will attend three concerts of the Bachfest Leipzig, including the famous Mass in B Minor conducted by Jordi Savall. In the six cycling stages, we will pass through the places where Bach grew up and gained his first experience as an organist and court musician: Ohrdruf, Arnstadt and Weimar. We will also visit Wechmar, the home of Bach’s ancestors, as well as Gotha, Erfurt, Naumburg, Weißenfels and Wiederau, where Bach performed cantatas and inspected organs.

Along the beautiful and cyclist-friendly journeys, such as the Ilm Valley and Saale Cycle Routes or the Thuringia Town Chain Cycle Route, music awaits us in abundance – prepare to be surprised!

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ITINERARY

DAY 1: INDIVIDUAL ARRIVAL AND EISENACH

Upon your self-organized arrival, we meet at the hotel in Eisenach at 2 pm. If you ordered a rental bike, we meet already at 1 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. In the evening, your tour guides and Christian Stötzner, organist of Georgenkirche, will open the season with a concert at Bach´s original baptismal fond with arias and duets for alto, tenor and organ.

 

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. 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 make our way towards the Bach House and visit 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 baptized. 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. We visit St. Wenzel with the famous Hildebrandt organ. After lunch we cycle to Weißenfels to a guided tour of the chapel of Neu-Augustburg Castle.

 

DAY 7, WEIßENFELS – LEIPZIG, 60 KM CYCLING

The next morning, we visit the Jägerhof, the place where Bach’s Hunting Cantata was performed for the first time and the Heinrich Schütz House. 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. The tour continues on the Elster bikeway through the Leipzig lake district to Leipzig.

 

DAY 8, BACHFEST LEIPZIG

After an extensive tour around the city’s many Bach sites we visit the Bach Museum. In the evening we listen to a concert at Gewandhaus with Andras Schiff playing the English Suites by J. S. Bach. 

 

DAY 9, BACHFEST LEIPZIG

During the day, there are many opportunities to visit church services and the Mendelssohn Haus. At 6 p.m., we meet at St. Thomas Church for the final concert of the Bachfest, the Thomanerchoir is singing conducted by Gotthold Schwarz. Afterwards 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 return shuttle to Eisenach.

 

If a festival has to be cancelled due to the pandemic, the tours will naturally be adapted to the situation, we will do our best to provide a replacement programme in cooperation with our many musical partners at the locations, and the discrepancy in the tour price will be refunded.

We have developed a sustainable tour concept and pay our tour guides, musicians and local partners fair wages.

 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • 9 nights at mid-range hotels incl. breakfast
  • Lunch packs or picnics (on cycling days)
  • 1 group dinner in Ohrdruf
  • Guided tour
  • Luggage transport from first to last hotel
  • All entrance fees to museums and churches: Bachhaus Eisenach, Chapel of Castle Friedenstein Gotha, Bachstammhaus Wechmar, Ehrenstein Castle Ohrdruf, Michaelis Church Ohrdruf, Bachhaus Arnstadt, Palace Museum Arnstadt, Traukirche Dornheim (Wedding Church), St Wenzel Church Naumburg, Heinrich Schütz House Weißenfels, Chapel of Neu-Augustusburg Castle Weißenfels, Bach Museum Leipzig
  • City tours in Eisenach, Ohrdruf, Arnstadt, Weimar, Leipzig
  • Organ tour and organ concert in Bach Church Arnstadt, Wender organ
  • Concert at Georgenkirche Eisenach, June 12, 2021 with Bach by Bike, alto and tenor and Christian Stötzner, organ
  • CANCELLED: 3 Concerts Bachfest Leipzig:
    • Friday, June 18, 2021, 8 pm, Nikolai Church Leipzig: St. John´s Passion
    • Saturday, June 19, 2021, 2 pm, Haus Leipzig: Brandenburg Concertos
    • Sunday, June 20, 2021, 6 pm, Thomas Church: Final Concert, B-Minor Mass
  • Sheet music and information leaflets on Bach’s compositions
  • List of equipment

PRICES:

Double room per Person: 1990,- €

Single room supplement: 215,- €

Optional extras:

  • Rental touring bike or rental e-bike; all bikes include bike bags and locks: 135,- €/ 198,- €
  • Rental helmet: 36,- €
  • Return shuttle from Leipzig to Eisenach (incl. person, luggage and individual bike) on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 9 am.: 75,- €

GROUP SIZE AND MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:

The minimum number of participants for our tours is 15. If the minimum number is not reached, we reserve the right to withdraw from the tour contract. The corresponding declaration must be sent to you at least 29 days before the scheduled beginning of the tour.

The average group size is approximately 15 to 25 people.

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BOOK THE TOUR

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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