Bach Cities or Bach Places? Your Trip to Johann Sebastian


These pages about the many Bach cities and Bach places are rewarding most for those, that are planning to make a trip in the matter of Johann Sebastian Bach. But it's also rewarding if you ... don't plan such a thing. Sure: when you managed to read through this chapter, you know every location, that might call itself a Bach city or a Bach place or Bach location, even in the broadest sense. However: My presentation of all Bach locations is based on the research of other authors earlier but, this is how we saved together many years of research. In the picture above, you see the old Bach monument right in front of the St. Thomas School. The St. Thomas School doesn't exist anymore, the old Bach monument today is just a stone's throw away from the new one. The Bach City of all Bach cities: Leipzig.



There Is No Such Thing Like the One Bach City!


Again, it's not that easy with Johann Sebastian Bach. While we connect Beethoven to Bonn, Germany, Mozart to Salzburg, Austria, and both Strauss, father, and son to Vienna, Austria as well, it is different by far with the star of this website and in this project. There is no such thing as the Bach City. Because there are several Bach cities, actually even – many Bach cities.



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Trips to Bach Are Not the Same as Trips to  Bach

Have you already discovered the offer on this homepage? Not only this page, on which you are reading, is perfect for your trips to the master. However, we just point out the "only" Bach towns and villages. Right, 7 or 9 or 33 in number. But there is another page about travel in things Bach. With one click, you are already there in seconds break parts: And on this page is treated very specifically, which kind of trips you could take, if the sense of the "easy going and fluffing" stands: There we recommend you music trips, traveling through the country of the Bache by bike and, of course, there are also hints about cultural trips. We are particularly proud of the fact that you are the first to make the most of your travels to Bach and his musician family "for money and time", and indeed, we propose a ranking If you are planning two or three trips to the Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon Court Composers, you will be able to choose the most suitable destinations, and if you have a chance to get there, We would like to take a look at some of Bach's plans for the future, which is a compilation of Bach's Bach weeks in Germany.

Excuse me, what is he doing here? Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart considered the work of Bach brilliant. Here he is displayed, because it's possible to associate him with Salzburg, Austria, which we mentioned above. Which of the cities do you connect with Johann Sebastian Bach? Now, not later. Before you start to read this chapter.



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Bach City "by Definition"

Bach city is not Bach city. And that starts with some of these Bach cities actually are Bach places or Bach locations as they are too small to be called a town. And some of these Bach cities are not related to Johann Sebastian Bach at all. Finally, there are several Bach cities, which are called Bach cities for just one visit, one performance or one interview that Johann Sebastian Bach led to that place. Actually, when you surf on the German internet, you will find one name of a town suggested for the term "Bach city" just because one of Johann Sebastian Bach's students copied many of the master's works in that town. Yes, I am really serious. I won't tell you the name of that city right here, but maybe you try it on your own. What you need are the German words for such, which is "Bach" – of course – and "Bachstadt," which is Bach city in one word. A secret note: actually this town is considered the Schumann City.


So it is nothing left but to organize them. The Bach cities. You don't have to because I did it for you. One reason is that you meet more and more Bach cities discovering the Thomas Cantor's life. In the very beginning, you believe, you count nine Bach cities ( ... or places), and you know them all. And actually, this is correct. But suddenly when googling "Bach cities" there is a hit "Bach city of Hamburg," the "Bach city of Luebeck" and of course the "Bach city of Erfurt." Wechmar plays a significant role for all those too, who are interested in the Bach genealogy. But that doesn't mean, Wechmar is a Bach city. Because Wechmar is way too small to be called a city, so we call it a Bach location or a Bach place. However ... do you remember? Me ... funny maker.

Zwickau, Saxony = Schumann City. It's true, a student of Johann Sebastian Bach, who lived in Zwickau, copied many of the master's works, so they survived the 250 years until the present day. However, this is no reason to call this great town, Zwickau, a Bach city. One advantage comes with this perspective. You don't have to make plans for ten trips to Bach and "Leather Trousers = Lederhose in German" ... is no destination for you, even if Bach came through on one of his trips. And may be had stopped for a bite to eat.



Our Whole Pride: 11 Very Short Videos about Many Bach Cities and Bach Places

If you plan trips to Bach Country – that is how we at "Bach on Bach" call this destination around Erfurt really relaxed, then these pages of my website might help you to perfection. We made many, many trips. To take photos and to make videos. Plus, for that, we checked on the weather report for months. "Bach Country" how we call the area in Thuringia, is located in a distance of some three hours drive from Heilbronn. Leipzig respectively Köthen is an addition of one and a half hours to two hours. What came out, are hundreds of photos, which you may watch in our Bach photo archive. Of course, these photos and videos were the foundation for the Bach videos about the Bach cities and Bach places. The number has grown with the project, the reason was, that some of the Bach places weren't considered as such by some biographers. However, on this website "... they are just allowed to call themselves Bach locations" plus that was the case when a city just excited me like Gotha did. Why there are five, eight, nine or thirty-three cities and villages, which might call themselves a Bach city or Bach place, is what you can read a little later. Now you get four Bach videos regarding the theme of Bach cities and Bach places in a compact summary – may be after watching these you are in the mood to experience more of them.

Video 1 about the Bach cities and Bach places: Wechmar. There everything began for the Bache, that is what they were called back then. Four minutes short and with music. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, but of more composers as well.


Video 2 about the Bach cities and Bach places: Gotha. Five and a half minutes short and with narrated text. The music is composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, plus by others too. Why Gotha is a Bach city, is what you discover while watching.


Video 3 about the Bach cities and Bach places: Eisenach. Three and a half minutes short and with text. Plus, with music, by Johann Sebastian Bach, and again, by others too. If you could "post" it for others later, when you loved it, we would be very pleased.


Video 4 about the Bach cities and Bach places: the little community of Dornheim. Five minutes short and with narrated text. The music: by Johann Sebastian Bach and others. You don't know Dornheim yet? Then click on "play" here.


Video 5 about the Bach cities and Bach places: Leipzig. Five minutes short and with narrated text. The music is composed (... you know it already ...) by Johann Sebastian Bach and by others too. Have fun watching. If you are lodging in "Bach Country" you experience most of Bach's way through life, if you make three trips. One of the Bach city of all Bach cities ... which is Leipzig.



Bach Cities and Bach Places in Categories

Let us start with the four categories. First, there are those Bach cities and Bach places, which are commonly well-known as cities and places with this honor. Or less known ... and, which you find in general in most short biographies about Johann Sebastian Bach. And it goes without saying in the real biographies as well. In five Bach cities, Bach "really" lived plus acted. And beyond that, there are four more Bach cities and Bach places of importance. I call this addition of nine villages, cities and places category A. In the order of Johann Sebastian's stay these are Eisenach, Ohrdruf, Lüneburg (... his childhood), Arnstadt, Mühlhausen, Dornheim, Weimar, Köthen and finally Leipzig ( ... where he worked and married). The Bach city of Weimar here shows up only once, although Bach lived and made music there twice in his life.


Bach city of "quality grade 1" in the category A: Eisenach, Thuringia waits for you with five highlights around the theme of Johann Sebastian Bach. Trips to Eisenach and the Bach cities and Bach places close to Eisenach are rewarding perfectly.



For Bach Fans: Bach Cities Category B – Are Trips to These Locations Rewarding?

Now we get to "category B" of the Bach cities and Bach places. This section is exciting exclusively for those who are interested in the Bach Family, that is to say, it is beyond the Royal Court Composer and Thomas Cantor Johann Sebastian Bach. However: if I would list every city or place, in which one of the numerous members in this family of musicians has made music, or was a cantor or an organist, we would have, especially in Thuringia, one Bach city beside the next Bach city. That ... makes no sense at all. However: there are cities, where Bachs were present in such a large number or their presence was of such importance between 1600 and 1800, that they just deserve the title "Bach city" or "Bach place" for sure. On the one hand, those places are essential for the Bach Genealogy, like the Bach place of all Bach places, which is the village of Wechmar, on the other hand, it is the city of Erfurt. In the Bach city of Erfurt, more than 60 church files of members of this Bach Family of Musicians are found. The village of Gehren is one more of those Bach places, and Gotha as well is a Bach city. Hamburg is sort of borderline and so is Lübeck.

Wechmar is the unchallenged position 1 in the category B. Although it is no Bach city, as with 576 residents you wouldn't call such a place a city ... however, it is the most essential Bach place in the genealogy of the Bach family of musicians.



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Bach Cities And More Bach Cities ... for Those Who Can't Get Enough

It is a little bit overdone, I know: my third category C. But this section is researched on a scientific basis. As one or the other website might report there's one more Bach city or another, I want to make this website to clear things. This is why the following Bach cities and Bach places, actually must show up here. First, these are the Bach cities and Bach places, which do not belong to the categories A and B. And more precisely? These are those Bach places, which are connected to Johann Sebastian in the broadest sense. These are the cities and villages, in which Johann Sebastian Bach either once applied for a job, or in which he performed music or in which he at least was present once as an organ specialist. For somebody who can not get enough of Johann Sebastian Bach, all three categories of Bach cities and Bach places are undoubtedly exciting. At least here they are organized in a way, that beyond having a list you learn a little more about these villages, communities, and cities, and you may enjoy some beautiful photos.


As well, a strong representative town in the category B: a Bach city which is connected to a vacation of Johann Sebastian Bach in his era in Arnstadt when he came back from this vacation not after four weeks but after more than twelve weeks: the Bach city of Lübeck.



Bach City or Bach Place ... or Really None of Both? Please Decide on Your Own

Whether the village of Wechmar, the city of Celle or the village of Gehren is a Bach place or a Bach location. Or whether it's not ... that is what you may decide on your own after you have read this chapter. Like everything else, this list is just an offer for you. The decision ... finally is on you.

Bach city after Bach city: you may learn more about all of them here on "Bach on Bach". And you may decide up front, where the line is, from where it's "too much of a good thing". Not really seriously, I once planned a category E, where all cities and villages would have been listed if there was at least one person living, who loves the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. But, that would have made no sense at all, as every city would then have been a Bach city and every village would have been a Bach place. The picture above is taken at Weissenfels, Saxony-Anhalt, where Johann Sebastian Bach once was consultant of the baronial court band ... did you know that?



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