TOUR 6: PLEASANT WIEDERAU: SHORT TRIP TO LEIPZIG
NAUMBURG – LEIPZIG, 80 KM
Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 11, 2022, 4 days
On the occasion of its anniversary, the Bach by Bike Ensemble and the Cameata Lipsiensis on period instruments, conducted by Gregor Meyer, will perform the cantata BWV 30a “Pleasant Wiederau, rejoice in the meadows” at its original place Wiederau.we integrate this concert into a short cycle tour with 2 stages from Naumburg via Weißenfels and Wiederau to Leipzig. You will get to know the sounds of the pleasant meadows south of Leipzig with this festive cantate. Cycling along our favorite part of Saale cycling route, you will discover Bach’s places of work Naumburg and Weißenfels before enjoying the Bach-city Leipzig.
DAY 1, SELF ORGANIZED ARRIVAL AND NAUMBURG
We meet at 5 pm at the hotel in Naumburg. If you booked a rental bike, we already meet at 4.30 pm. After our welcoming, a guided tour of the famous Hildebrandt organ awaits us, which conveys the singularity of Bach’s sound ideal until today. Following this musical introduction, we will gather strength for the bike tour stages with an evening meal together.
DAY 2, NAUMBURG – WEIßENFELS, 20 KM
In the morning we visit the famous dome, UNESCO world heritage site, guided by Uta personally. On the tower, we will get to see the enormous arch construction, the historic bells from the 16. Century and the impressing view of the Saale-Unstrut area. After a short cycling stage, we have lunch at the Saale banks and keep on following the river until we reach Weißenfels. Here we visit the Heinrich Schütz House, museum of the great composer. Finally, we stop off to the sounds of Bach’s Hunting Cantata at the Jägerhof, the place it was performed for the first time. The evening is accompanied by the wine princess of vineyard Burgwerbern/Kriechau with a wine tasting.
DAY 3, WEIßENFELS – WIEDERAU – LEIPZIG, 60 KM
After a guided tour in the chapel of Neu-Augustusburg Weißenfels, we leave the Saale river and cycle on eastwards to little village Wiederau with its beautiful baroque castle. Here the cantata “Pleasant Wiederau, rejoice in the meadows” BWV 30a will be performed by the Bach by Bike Ensemble and Camerata Lipsiensis. During the concert, we and the villagers will explain about our connection to the history of the castle and this special cantate. In addition, a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann will be premiered in modern times. Lunch, cake and coffee will be provided. The tour continues on the Elster bikeway through the Leipzig lake district to Leipzig. We spend the last evening together with a delicious dinner menu at our hotel Michaelis.
DAY 4, LEIPZIG AND DEPARTURE
In the morning, you can visit the service at St. Thomas Church with the famous Thomaner Choir. After an extensive tour around the city’s many Bach sites, there is an opportunity to visit the Bach Museum. At 5 pm, everyone will embark on their individual journey home. Alternatively, you can join our return shuttle to Naumburg.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE TOUR 6 PLEASANT WIEDERAU
- 3 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
- Wine tasting at Jägerhof in Weißenfels
- all entrance fees: Dome Naumburg, Heinrich-Schütz-Haus Weißenfels, Schlosskapelle Schloss Neu-Augustusburg Weißenfels, Bach Museum Leipzig
- City tour in Leipzig
- Organ tour and organ concert in St Wenzel Church Naumburg, Hildebrandt organ
- Concert at Wiederau with the Bach by Bike Ensemble and Camerata Lipsiensis
- Sheet music and information leaflets on Bach’s compositions
- List of equipment
Double room per Person: 740,- €
Single room supplement: 75,- €
- Rental touring bike or rental e-bike; all bikes include bike bags and locks: 85,- €/ 135,- €
- Rental helmet: 12,- €
- Return shuttle from Leipzig to Naumburg (incl. person, luggage and individual bike) on Sunday September 11, 2022 at 5 pm: 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.