TOUR TO THE KÖTHEN BACH FESTIVAL: WEIMAR – KÖTHEN

WEIMAR-KÖTHEN, 225 KM

August 27 – September 5, 2022, 10 days

On this journey, you will experience all the locations where Bach perfected his skills: we will accompany you via Weimar and Leipzig to Köthen, where he had an excellent court orchestra at the palace of Count Leopold that inspired him to compose his now famous virtuosic instrumental music. The festival “Köthener Bachfesttage” pays tribute to this highlight of Bach’s oeuvre with a range of unconventional concerts in and around Bach’s places of activity in the Anhalt residence town.

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ITINERARY:

DAY 1, SELF ORGANIZED ARRIVAL AND WEIMAR

We meet at 3.30 pm. at the hotel in Weimar. If you booked a rental bike, we already meet at 2.30 pm. 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.

 

DAY 2, WEIMAR – NAUMBURG, 58 KM

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. 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.

 

DAY 3, NAUMBURG – WEIßENFELS, 20 KM

In Naumburg a guided tour of the famous Hildebrandt organ awaits us, which conveys the singularity of Bach’s sound ideal until today. You can also visit the city with the famous dome individually. After lunch we cycle to Weißenfels. Here we will get a guided tour in the chapel of Neu-Augustusburg. 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 4, WEIßENFELS – LEIPZIG, 60 KM

The next morning we visit 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. If the weather is nice, we stop for a bath in the lake Cospuden. The evening is at your free disposal.

 

DAY 5, 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.

 

DAY 6, LEIPZIG – HALLE A. D. SAALE, 40 KM

We leave Leipzig cycling along the dikes of the White Elster. If the weather is nice, we take a lunch break with a bath at a lake. Afterwards we will reach the city center of Halle, check-in into our hotel and visit the Museum of the eldest Bach Son, the Wilhelm-Friedemann-Bach-House, and the George-Frederic-Handel- Museum, Handel being one famous Bach contemporary. We spend the evening together at a restaurant next to the Saale-river.

 

DAY 7, HALLE A. D. SAALE – KÖTHEN, 45 KM

We continue to the final stage of the trip to the residential city of Köthen after a stop at the lake Edderitz. In the evening we will visit concerts of the Köthen Bach Festival . We recommend that you book further concerts of the festival for the days in Köthen individually directly via Köthen Bach Festival.

 

DAY 8, KÖTHEN BACH FESTIVAL

Today there are many opportunities for exploring the city. Here, Bach held his fourth post. We spend the morning at the Bach exhibition in the city palace and later on discover Bach’s traces during a tour of the city. During the day we listen to several concerts of the Köthen Bach Festival.

 

DAY 9, KÖTHEN BACH FESTIVAL

On Sunday morning there is a service with a Bach cantata and time to visit concerts of the festival individually. We will spend the evening together and will have a special baroque dinner like in Bach`s time.

 

DAY 10, DEPARTURE

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

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 dinner on the last day in Köthen (Bach Menu)
  • Guided Tour
  • Luggage transport from first to last hotel
  • all entrance fees to museums and churches: St Wenzel Church Naumburg, Heinrich Schütz House Weißenfels, Chapel of Neu-Augustusburg Castle Weißenfels, Bach Museum Leipzig, Wilhelm-Friedemann-Bach-House Halle, Handel-HouseHalle, City Palace Köthen, Church St. Agnes Köthen
  • City tours in Weimar, Leipzig, Köthen
  • Organ tour and organ concert in St Wenzel Church Naumburg, Hildebrandt organ
  • Concerts of Köthener Bachfesttage: details follow soon
  • Sheet music and information leaflets on Bach’s compositions
  • List of equipment

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PRICES:

Double room per Person: 1990,- €

Single room supplement: 245,- €

Optional extras:

  • Rental touring bike or rental e-bike; all bikes include bike bags and locks: 125,- € / 240,- €
  • Rental helmet: 32,- €
  • Return shuttle from Köthen to Weimar (incl. person, luggage and individual bike) on Monday September 6, 2022 at 9 am: upon request

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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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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