TOUR TO THE KÖTHEN BACH FESTIVAL: LEIPZIG – KÖTHEN
LEIPZIG-KÖTHEN, 75 KM
On this journey, you will experience all the locations where Bach perfected his skill: We will accompany you via Leipzig and Halle 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.
DAY 1, INDIVIDUAL ARRIVAL AND LEIPZIG
We meet at the hotel in Leipzig at 1 pm. Johann Sebastian Bach spent the second half of his life here. After an extensive tour around the city’s many Bach sites there is an opportunity to visit the Bach Museum.
DAY 2, LEIPZIG – HALLE A.D. SAALE, 40 KM
In the morning we start cycling. We leave Leipzig behind and cycle along the dikes of the river White Elster, including a swimming stop at a lake if the weather is nice, until we reach the city center of Halle. Here, we visit the Museum of the eldest Bach son, Wilhelm Friedemann-Bach-House, and the Handel-House, Handel being one famous Bach contemporary.
DAY 3, HALLE A.D. SAALE – KÖTHEN, 35 KM
We continue to the second stage of the trip to the residential city of Köthen. If the weather allows, we stop off at a lake. In the evening we are visiting a concert of Köthener Bachfesttage. See the complete festival program here.
DAY 4, KÖTHENER BACHFESTTAGE
We will discover Bach’s traces during a tour of the city. Afterwards you can discover the Bach exhibition at City Palace Köthen individually. We finish our tour with the final concert of the Köthener Bachfesttage. In the evening we will have a special baroque dinner like in Bach`s time, allowing you to enjoy the end of the baroque journey culinarily.
DAY 5, INDIVIDUAL DEPARTURE
After breakfast, everyone will embark on their individual journey home. We wish all guests a safe journey home!
We have developed a sustainable tour concept and pay our tour guides, musicians and local partners fair wages.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- 4 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: Bach Museum Leipzig, Wilhelm-Friedemann-Bach-House Halle, Handel-HouseHalle, City Palace Köthen
- City tours in Leipzig, Köthen
- Concerts of Köthener Bachfesttage:
- List of equipment
Double room per Person: 1090,- €
Single room supplement: 130,- €
- Rental touring bike or rental e-bike, including delivery to first and pick-up from last hotel: 100,- € / 130,- €
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.