29.06 - 21.07.19

The organ is so highly regarded in Germany that UNESCO has declared German organ-building an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Anyone exploring Thuringia will be part of a very special audience, with some 2000 “queens” from six centuries having been collected here. In addition to the impressions Johann Sebastian Bach gained in northern Germany, it was Thuringia’s organs that shaped Bach’s notion of the ideal sound. Later on, he in turn influenced the organ-building of his time as a virtuosos, composer and inspector. Every year since 1991, renowned musicians have been bringing the organs to life and surprising audiences with unique line-ups and programmes. More than 2000 concerts have so far been held. Many municipalities also offer culinary treats and invite people to get together in a convivial atmosphere.