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Germany, 6 Days

In the footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach in Frankfurt, Muehlhausen, Eisenach, Ohrdruf, Muehlberg, Arnstadt, Erfurt, Weimar, Leipzig and Koethen

Tour-Code:
 GER - 40006


  • Itinerary

    Day 1: After your arrival at Frankfurt International Airport, continue to Muehlhausen. In a walking tour of the city see the city walls, the Inner Frauentor Gate, the historic fortifications, the Museum of the Peasants' War, and the Divi Blasii Church with architectural elements of French cathedrals where J. S. Bach performed as organist from 1707. Go on to St. Mary's church and the Muentzer Memorial site, Kornmarktkirche church, All Saints' Church, town hall and the 18th century town houses of the Untermarkt Square. Continue to Eisenach, the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach. Visit to the Bach House, the worldwide oldest Bach memorial site. Upon request, small concert performed on historical keyboard instruments. Check in to hotel in Eisenach for 3 nights.

    Day 2: Eisenach. Walking tour to the historic market square, to the Town Hall, St. George's Church with its large organ where Luther was a choir boy and J. S. Bach was baptized, then along Karlstraße to Frauenberg and to the Luther House. Continue via Ehrenstein Castle to Wechmar where the origins of the Bach family lie. Visit to the Bach Memorial Site in the former Oberbackhaus where Veit and Hans Bach worked in the baking trade. Continue to Ohrdruf where J. S. Bach lived for 14 years with his brother Johann Christoph. Visit to St. Michael's Church where J. S. Bach learned about the construction and restoration of organs. Return to hotel in Eisenach.

    Day 3: Continue via Muehlberg and the medieval Muehlburg Castle, one of the legendary "Drei Gleichen" castles, to Arnstadt, East Germany's oldest city and from the 13th to 18th century a town of craftsmen. Guided tour of the historic town center to market square and Ried square, town hall and Church of Our Lady, one of Thuringia's most significant sacral buildings. In the Bach Church where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as organist from 1703 to 1707 you will see the entirely reconstructed Wender organ of 1702/03. Visit to the Bach Memorial. Continue for a guided tour of the 'wedding church' of Dornheim where J. S. Bach married his cousin Maria Barbara Bach in 1707. Continue to Erfurt. In the Middle Ages among the largest cities in Central Europe, it was first officially mentioned in 742. Martin Luther was the most famous student of the city; he studied at the faculty of philosophy in the years 1501 to 1505. During his studies Luther lived in the Georgenburse at Lehmann Bridge. In 1502 he passed the 'Baccalaureat' exam. A permanent exhibition on the first floor of the Renaissance house shows the historical, theological and social life of the past. In a tour of the medieval center of the city see one of the most impressive constructions of medieval architecture: Erfurt Cathedral and Severikirche church as well as the pedestrian area with the restored buildings of "Hohe Lilie" House, Waidspeicher theatre, Hochzeitshaus, Predigerkirche (Preacher's Church), Franciscan Church, fish market square and the town hall, the magnificent "Zum Breiten Herd" town house, Gildehaus, Wenigemarkt, and Merchants' Bridge, entirely built over with houses - an architectural treasure of Central Europe and one of the most interesting sights of the city. Go on to Aegidenkirche, St. Michael's Church, Waagegasse lane, All Saints' Church and the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived until 1511. Upon request, go on a guided tour of the Augustinian monastery. The parents of Johann Sebastian Bach got married in the Merchants' Church. Return to hotel in Eisenach.

    Day 4: Continue to Weimar where Bach worked as organist, chamber musician and concert master at the castle from 1708 to 1717 while living in the house of the musician Adam Immanuel Weldig. Cranach, Walther, Goethe, Schiller and Herder as well as many others lived and worked in Weimar. Tour of the preserved old town focusing on the history of music including Theaterplatz square, market square and the Church of St. Peter and Paul with an altar by Lucas Cranach where the children of Bach were baptized, the Schiller House, the National Museum of Goethe and Schiller and the castle. Continue to Leipzig and check in to hotel for 2 nights in Leipzig.

    Day 5: Leipzig. Guided tour of the old town hall in the footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach. First listen to amusing details of J. S. Bach's life in Leipzig while watching a model of the city. At the council table he signed the contract for the position as cantor promising "loyalty and diligence". His relationship with the Leipzig town council, the "quaint authorities little devoted to music", however, was difficult. Evidence of that time creates a lively image of the composer and his time. The highlight of the visit is the world's only original portrait of Bach in the Bach Room. Go on to St. Thomas' Church built in Late Gothic style, the site where Martin Luther established the Reformation in 1539 and J. S. Bach worked as a cantor. Go on to the Bose House, home of the merchant Bose and now housing the Bach Museum, "Zum Coffe Baum" Leipzig's oldest coffee house opened in 1694 where Goethe, Lessing, Liszt, Gottsched, Schumann, Wagner and Wieck met and conversed. Go on to Barthels Hof, the only remaining arcade of the time of trade fairs around 1523, to the old town hall at market square, the old stock exchange of 1687, today a venue for musical performances and literary events, the Goethe Monument and the Lion Fountain, the oldest working drinking fountain of Leipzig built as early as 1690. Go on to the Maedlerpassage arcades with a Meissner porcelain carillon and the "Auerbachs Keller" restaurant. Go on to the Baroque Romanus House of 1704, meeting place of famous literary figures. Visit to St. Nicholas' Church, famous for the prayers for freedom held there then go on to Augustusplatz square with the Gewandhaus concert hall and Leipzig Opera. Continue to new town hall - the site of the disputation with Martin Luther in 1519, then to the magnificent Leipzig Central Station. In a bus tour of the city see St. Alexei's Russian Memorial Church in Novgorod fashion, the Schiller House where the poet wrote the first verses of "Ode to Joy" in 1785. Free time in the afternoon. At 3 pm on Saturdays or 6 pm on Fridays opportunity to attend a motet of St. Thomas' Choir (except during school holidays in Saxony) in St. Thomas' Church. Upon request, small trip to Roetha. Experience the Silbermann organ in St. George's Church, first in an explanation of the organ followed by a performance of an organ piece of J. S. Bach. Return to Leipzig. For motets or organ vespers each visitor is required to purchase an admission program for 2 EUR. Seats cannot be reserved. Return to hotel in Leipzig.

    Day 6: Continue to Koethen where Bach was director of music at the court from 1717 to 1723 and got married to Anna Magdalena Wilcke after the death of his first wife. It was here that he composed the Brandenburg Concertos. Guided tour including a visit to Koethen Castle, where Bach performed for Prince Leopold, and the Memorial site for Johann Sebastian Bach. Visit to St. Mary's Church. Return to airport and departure.

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  • Tour includes

    Accompanying English-speaking tour host, coach rides and day trips in a modern long-distance coach, experienced driver, and accommodation in mid-price hotels, double rooms with ensuite bathroom; breakfast, lunch (not at arrival and departure day), dinner, guided tours by trained local tour guides in Erfurt, Muehlhausen, Eisenach, Weimar, Koethen and Leipzig, admission fees, maps and informative material.

  • Not included

    International and domestic flights, tips, beverages, personal expenses, possible increases in fuel prices.