TOUR 2 THE WESERFESTSPIELE AND THE BÜCKEBURG BACH:
ROUND TRIP FROM STADTHAGEN INCL. BÜCKEBURG, 90 KM
Discover the “Bückeburg Bach” on this Pentecost weekend tour: this son of Johann Sebastian worked at the court of Wilhelm Count of Schaumburg Lippe in Bückeburg from 1750 onwards as „Hofgräflich Schaumburg-Lippischer Cammer-Musicus“ and composed numerous chamber music and piano works there as well as cantatas and oratorios. We will connect the Count’s residence town with further concert locations of the WESERFESTSPIELE and undertake a round trip from Stadthagen via Bückeburg, Minden and the Loccum Monastery; the tour ends where it began in Stadthagen.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL AND STADTHAGEN
We will meet at 3 pm at the Hotel zur Amtspforte in the historical town centre of Stadthagen. After an official greeting, we will explore the former residence town and current principal municipality of the Schaumburg region, marvelling at the internationally renowned mausoleum with its ceiling frescoes. During the PfingstMusikNacht (Pentecost music evening) in the Martinikirche, we will enjoy our first taste of this musically rich weekend. Church music director Christian Richter will welcome us to this popular annual concert with its diverse and fascinating programme.
DAY 2 STADTHAGEN-BÜCKEBURG-MINDEN, 30 KM
Early in the morning, we will leave for the idyllic town of Bückeburg: awaiting us here will be a concert spread across various locations including a guided city tour by bike following in the footsteps of the Bückeburg Bach. The Bückeburg choirs with the church music director Siebelt Meier and the Bach by Bike Ensemble will perform together at the various locations frequented by Bach in the residence town. In the afternoon, we will cycle to our next accommodation in Minden on the banks of the Weser. You can enjoy the evening in the historical town district famous for its architecture in the Weser Renaissance style.
DAY 3 MINDEN-LOCCUM MONASTERY, 35 KM
Today we will cycle out along the bank of the Weser past one of the world’s largest waterway intersections as far as Petershagen, with its palace converted from a former water castle in the 16th century, before continuing eastwards through a landscape featuring moors, heathlands and forests, finally reaching the Loccum Monastery, an impressive and well-preserved Cistercian abbey from the 12th century. We will stay overnight adjacent to the historical monastery walls and will be well nourished for the rest of Sunday at the events centre with coffee, cake and dinner. Once we have checked into our “monastic cells”, we will be guided through the abbey, where we will attend a special early evening concert of the WESERFESTSPIELE: the renowned renaissance ensemble Capella de la Torre will perform music from the time of the monastery’s founding along with three youth choirs from Lower Saxony. Collaborative improvisations and digital sounds will extend the sonic spectrum into today’s world.
DAY 4 KLOSTER LOCCUM-STADTHAGEN, 25 KM
After the musical Pentecost mass with the Bishop of the Protestant-Lutheran State Church of Hannover Ralf Meister in the Loccum Monastery, we will begin the last stage of our cycle journey: we will ride out through the monastery forest through quiet side streets as far as Wiedensahl, the birthplace of Wilhelm Busch, where we will be provided with lunch at the museum. In the afternoon, we will reach the railway station in Stadthagen. From here, you can either cycle back to your car at the hotel or travel home directly by train.
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR 2 WESERFESTSPIELE THE BÜCKEBURG BACH:
- 3 nights at mid-range hotels incl. breakfast
- Lunch packs or picnics (on cycling days)
- 1 dinner in Loccum Monastery
- Guided tour
- Luggage transport from first to last hotel
- All entrance fees: Mausoleum Stadthagen, Schloss Bückeburg, Wilhelm Busch Geburtshaus
- City tours in Stadthagen und Bückeburg
- Organ- and Monastery tour in Loccum
- 3 Concerts WESERFESTSPIELE:
- Friday, June 3, 7 pm, Pfingstmusiknacht in der St. Martinikirche Stadthagen
- Saturday, June 4, „Wandelkonzert“ in Bückeburg
- Sunday, June 5, 5.30 pm in Loccum Monastery, Capella de la Torre
- List of equipment
Double room per Person: 790,- €
Single room supplement: 90,- €
- Rental touring bike oder rental e-bike: 45,- / 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.