Bach Festivals

Bach Festivals

Renowned concerts

The best timing for your trip would be to enable you to visit one of the many Bach Festivals that take place at particular times of year, or as a year-round concert series. Enjoy discovering, listening, and

Here you can find an overview of Thuringian Bach Festivals.

Bach and the Bible

Eisenach Bach festival

Since 2017, the Evangelical-Lutheran Parish of Eisenach has organized the Eisenach Bach Festival around Reformation Day on 31 October. Johann Sebastian Bach was born on 21 March 1685 in Eisenach and was baptized two days later at Saint George’s church.
Stadtführung während des Bach-Festivals-Arnstadt
Home of the town pipers


The Bach-Festival-Arnstadt was formerly called the Arnstädter Bachtage and has taken place every year around Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday on 21 March since 2005.
Historic variety of sounds

Thuringian Organ Summer

In Germany the organ enjoys such great respect that the UNESCO entered Germany’s organ building on its list of Cultural Heritage. If you go exploring in Thuringia, you will become part of a very special audience: about 2.000 examples of this “Queen of all instruments” from six centuries can be found here.
Old treasures raised anew

Thuringian Bach Collegium

As the musical ambassador of the Free State, the Thuringian Bach Collegium plays several baroque gems in authentic locations as true to the original as possible. Including many that have never been available on CD. A CD with Bach's violin concertos will be released in 2021.
365 days of music

Discover Bach in Thuringia

Johann Sebastian Bach's music by well-known performers, renowned ensembles and promising young artists can be heard throughout Thuringia for almost the entire year. Impressive concerts in churches, atmospheric open airs or modern club nights celebrate the legacy of the composer and world star. Let yourself be inspired by the Bachland of Thuringia, its music and its artists.
Traces of modern music

Bach Biennale Weimar

Founded under the patronage of Nikolaus Harnoncourt († 2016), the festival takes place every two years in July in the Bach city of Weimar and makes Bach accessible to visitors on a very high level.
Konzert der Thüringer Bachwochen auf der Leuchtenburg Kahla, Foto: Robert Elias Wachholz, weimar GmbH
Largest music festival in Thuringia

Thuringian Bach Festival

Every year during the weeks around Easter, more than 50 concerts take place in the historic Bach sites throughout the state, attracting some 20.000 Bach-lovers from all over the world. The places in Thuringia where Bach lived and worked during his early years are the centre of the Bach Festival.
In Gotha/Ohrdruf

International Bach festival

The International Bach Festival Gotha / Ohrdruf offers more than 60 events, including the annual meeting of the New Bach Society with around 800 members from all over the world. The concert series engages international as well as local performers.