TOUR 1 IN THE NORTH OF THE WESERFESTSPIELE:

BREMEN-BREMERHAVEN, 135 KM

Thursday, 19 May – Monday, 23 May 2022

Bach by Bike enjoys the fresh North Sea air: in cooperation with the WESERFESTSPIELE, we have extended our musical bike tour concept to include a region which Johann Sebastian Bach never visited, but which will be filled with music in these warm May days, and is thus an ideal destination for a musical bike tour. The North Sea landscape will be humming with the sounds of a range of different concerts, such as the traditional motet concerts in Bremen Cathedral and the organ tones in the dyke country of the North Sea coast.

The relationship between the region and Bach’s music will be explored throughout the tour as we take you on this exciting experience combining nature and culture surrounded by the beautiful landscape formed where the river Weser flows into the North Sea. 

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TOUR PROGRAMME

DAY 1, INDIVIDUAL ARRIVAL AND BREMEN

We will meet at 5 pm in our hotel located directly on the market square in Bremen. After an official greeting, we will attend the motet concert in Bremen Cathedral together, which will be performed by the tour leaders Mareike Neumann and Anna-Luise Oppelt along with the cathedral music director Tobias Gravenhorst, featuring North German music and works by Johann Sebastian Bach for voice, violin and organ. Following this musical introduction, we will gather strength for the bike tour stages with an evening meal together.

 

DAY 2, BREMEN-FARGE, 44 KM

During the morning, we will explore Bremen’s musical side with a tour through the city’s historic district. Around midday we start our first cycle tour stage along the Weser Bicycle Track as far as the northern city district of Farge. After checking into the hotel, we will cycle a few kilometres further along the river to the Valentin Submarine Bunker Museum. On this evening, the ruins of the U-boat dockyard belonging to the German Navy in the Second World War will become a sonorous place of remembrance. In a concert involving several different locations, the church music directors of the Protestant-Lutheran State Church of Hannover will lead more than 100 musicians performing works by Josquin des Préz, Johann Sebastian Bach, György Ligeti and a world premiere by Thomas Blomenkamp.

 

DAY 3 FARGE – BREMERHAVEN, 50 KM

On Saturday, we will continue along the Weser Bicycle Track heading north through the expansive marshlands of the lower Weser to the maritime city of Bremerhaven. After a break in our hotel, located right in the middle of the new harbour with a view of the mouth of the Weser and the North Sea, a shuttle bus will take us to a concert in the church of St. Urbanus in Dorum: here, Gregorian chant meets the traditional Persian Ney flute. This unusual combination is provided by the Schola Gregoriana Augustina and the flautist Marwan Hassan. The shuttle bus will then bring us comfortably back to the hotel in Bremerhaven.

 

DAY 4 BREMERHAVEN-WREMEN-BREMERHAVEN, 40 KM

Today, we will undertake a round trip by bike along the Weser Bicycle Track through the harbour area and explore the landscape of the Wursten North Sea coast. Although flooding in this region has historically made life and work difficult, particularly in the period before the construction of the impressive dyke system, a rich cultural landscape has nevertheless arisen here. The district church music director Timo Corleis will provide a tour of the historical organ in Wremen, and if the weather allows, we will spend the lunch break at the beach by the tidal mud flats, before cycling back to Bremerhaven. The musical finale of our tour will feature a concert in the Christuskirche as part of the festival „Tage alter Musik“ with works by J. Dowland, G. F. Händel and A. Corelli. We will end the tour with a concluding evening together.

 

DAY 5 DEPARTURE

Participants depart individually after breakfast.

 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE TOUR 1 IN THE NORTH OF WESERFESTSPIELE:

  • 4 nights at mid-range hotels incl. breakfast
  • Lunch packs or picnics (on cycling days)
  • Guided tour
  • Luggage transport from first to last hotel
  • City tour in Bremen
  • Organ tour and organ concert at Moizen-Orgel in St. Willehardi, Wremen
  • 4 concerts WESERFESTSPIELE:
    • Thursday, May 19, 7 pm, St. Petri Dom: Motette with Bach by Bike Ensemble und Domcantor Tobias Gravenhorst
    • Friday, May 20, 6 or 7 pm, „Wandelkonzert“ (changing positions) in Bunker Valentin
    • Saturday, May 21,7 pm, Concert in St. Urbanus Dorum with Schola Gregoriana Augustina and Marwan Hassan
    • Sunday, May 22, 7 pm, Christuskirche Bremerhaven, Concert „Days of ancient music“
  • List of equipment

 

Changes reserved

PRICES:

Double room per Person: 950,- €

Single room supplement: 160,- €

Minimum number of participants: 15

Optional extras:

  • 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.

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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