Following the Footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach

The Path of the St. Thomas Cantor in Leipzig

You can find inspiration for your visit to the Thuringian Bach sites here.

Travel comfortably by car or train to the historic and authentic places where the world-famous composer and organist lived.

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Tour Tips

Day 1

Stroll through Mühlhausen along the footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach, to the Divi Blasii and Saint Mary’s churches. Then, take a walking tour through Arnstadt and see the historically notable Bachkirche (Bach Church), where Johann Sebastian Bach was employed for the first time. It is also recommendable to see the new Bach exhibition in Arnstadt.

Tip: Inside the Divi Blasii Church there is a sound installation and a media station.

Day 2

On the second day, discover the classical city of Weimar, where Johann Sebastian Bach spent almost ten years of his life. During a walking tour, you can explore the newly conceived multi-media experience space “Bach in Weimar” inside the Bastille of the Stadtschloss (City Castle) and the City Church of Saints Peter and Paul to find out more about the accomplishments of the composer.

Tip: There is a listening station close to where Bach’s former Weimar home once stood at Markt 16.

Day 3 

Begin your stay in Leipzig on your own individual discovery tour along the Leipzig trail of musical notes. It will lead you to 23 stops along five kilometers winding through the city center, including the Gewandhaus, the Schumann House, the Opera and St. Thomas Church. The Leipzig Bach Museum is also on the way. After an hour’s drive to Köthen, you can visit the Bach church Sankt Agnus (Saint Agnes), the Historic Museum, and the Bach Memorial there.

Tip: Every year, the Bachfest Leipzig takes place here

Day 1

  1. Mühlhausen
    Divi Blasii Church
  2. Arnstadt
    Costumed guided tour
    Bach Church
    Bach Exhibition

Day 2

  1. Weimar
    Guided tour
    Experience Space "Bach in Weimar"
    Church of St Peter and Paul
  2. Leipzig
    St. Thomas Church

Day 3

  1. Leipzig
    The Leipzig Notenspur
  2. Köthen
    Bach Church St. Agnus
    Castle Museum