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Excursion programme Wagner 22

Our excursions will take you to places outside of Leipzig, that Richard Wagner once explored. Find out which Central German cities honour Wagner up until today and let yourself be transported back to his days. Perhaps during the trip you will also get an idea where the great composer got inspired for his numerous works.

Blüthner Piano Factory - 27 June 2022

On 18 November 1853 Julius Blüthner founded his own Pianofortefabrik (piano factory) with assets of 1,660 thalers, 2 neugroschen and 1 ¼ pfennig. To this day Blüthner pianos and grand pianos decorate countless concert stages all over the world. Not only Richard Wagner, but many other singers, musicians and composers, such as Gustav Mahler, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Pjotr I. Tschaikowski and Claude Debussy chose the fascinating warm sound of a Blüthner. The renowned company, which has been family-owned for over 150 years, stands for quality, individuality and precision. That is why every single instrument that leaves the factory is meticulously examined by a member of the Blüthner family. The long time it takes to produce one of the hand-made Blüthner pianos tells a lot about the value of each.

After a short welcome and a glass of sparkling wine, you will be taken on a guided tour of the factory which lasts approx. two hours. You will be immersed in the history of piano manufacturing and learn what else is hidden behind the golden lettering.

How about lunch before you head back towards Leipzig? Enjoy the charming 19th-century interiour in the historic restaurant Forsthaus Raschwitz, a former knight's estate located just outside Leipzig. Even in former times it was a favourite haunt for pilgrimages through the Leipzig floodplain forest.

Services

  • Transfer by coach
  • local tour guide
  • Exclusive guided tour of the Blüthner piano factory incl. a glass of sparkling wine
  • Lunch (without drinks) at Forsthaus Raschwitz

Price & Information

Price:  EUR 105.- per person

Date: 27.06.2022

Duration: approx. 6 hours

Blüthner Piano Factory

Blick vom Cospudener See über die abendliche Dämmerung in Leipzig. © Philipp Kirschner
Der Pier 1 am Cospudener Hafen. © Philipp Kirschner
Pianos made in der Musikstadt Leipzig - aus der Blüthner Pianofabrik. © Tom Williger

Eisenach - 29 June 2022

Eisenach has the second largest Richard Wagner collection in the world after Bayreuth. It is displayed in the Reuter-Wagner-Museum. Marvel at the well-known "Tannhäuser" scores featuring Wagner's handwritten notes and stage directions or take a look at his death mask. The exhibition presented by Nicolaus Oesterlein contains more than 20,000 objects as well as a library with over 5,000 volumes. A special highlight is the restored table piano on which the young Wagner once took lessons in composition from the Leipzig Thomaskantor Christian Theodor Weinlig.

When visiting Eisenach, a stop at Wartburg castle is a must. The UNESCO World Heritage Site towers above the roofs of the city and offers a fantastic view over the Thuringian forest all the way to the Rhön and far into Hesse. You will surely understand why the legendary castle captivated the composer to such an extent that he made it the setting for his romantic opera "Tannhäuser" in 1842. Fascinated by the enchanting landscape and the warmth radiating from the castle, he created THE most famous German National Opera in three acts at the time. Numerous paintings by the artist Lucas Cranach the Elder, an important representative of the German Renaissance, have also found their place there.

Let the evening come to a culinary close in the restaurant Landgrafenstube and enjoy the magical sunset with food and drinks. The chef de cuisine Ms Reinhardt merges historically documented menu sequences with a modern culinary philosophy. Let yourself be inspired by Thuringian cuisine before you head back to Leipzig.

Services

  • Transfer by coach
  • Local tour guide
  • Guided tour of the Reuter-Wagner-Museum
  • Guided tour through the Wartburg castle
  • Dinner (without drinks) in the Landgrafenstube

Price & Information

Price: EUR 199.- per person

Date: 29.06.2022

Duration: approx. 15.5 hours

Eisenach

Bad Lauchstädt - 4 July 2022

At the beginning of the 18th century mineral springs were discovered in Bad Lauchstädt, which later gave the town the reputation of a fashionable and luxury spa, attracting visitors from near and far. So, the designation as the "Saxon Pyrmont" is no coincidence.

During a tour of the city of Goethe, you will visit the Goethe Theatre, which was built in just three months with the aim of creating an affordable but modern and spacious theatre. The building by the renowned architect Heinrich Gentz was regarded as groundbreaking at the time. To this day, it is the only originally preserved Goethe-era theatre building in Germany and is still used extensively. In 1834 Richard Wagner conducted Mozart's "Don Giovanni" there and met his future wife, the beautiful actress Minna Planer.

The New Schiller House, which is located in a late baroque town house in the centre of Bad Lauchstädt, recounts the theatre's history on three floors. The Schiller Room, built in classicist style, is located on the top floor and was created in memory of Friedrich Schiller's first stay in Bad Lauchstädt in July 1789.

Stroll through the beautiful Kurpark gardens and enjoy the unique ambience of this historic place, which was not only highly appreciated by Goethe, Schiller and Wagner, but also by such famous figures as Hegel, Gottsched and Wieland.

At the Kurpark-Hotel you can complement the trip with a delicious lunch. Culinary treats await you and are dedicated above all to Goethe, a true epicurean.

Services

  • Transfer by coach
  • Local tour guide
  • Guided tour of the grounds and the gardens with a visit to the Goethe Theatre and the New Schiller House
  • Lunch (without drinks) in the Kurpark-Hotel

Price & Information

Price: EUR 109.- per person

Date: 04.07.2022

Duration: approx. 7 hours

Bad Lauchstädt

Dresden - 6 July 2022

Get to know the beautiful city of Dresden on a guided tour through the old town. You will discover the eventful history, from the Middle Ages to the glorious Baroque period, right up to the present. Imagine how Richard Wagner once strolled through the picturesque alleys of the city where he lived longer than in any other.

Between 1814 and 1827 the young Wagner attended school at the famous Kreuzschule. Only a few years later he celebrated his breakthrough there. After commitmens in Leipzig, Würzburg, Magdeburg, Königsberg, Riga and Paris he came back to Dresden in 1842 to perform his opera "Rienzi".

Lunch is followed by a guided tour of one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, the Semperoper. Discover the secrets of the over 170-year-history of this imposing building. Marvel at the impressive auditorium, which seats over 1,300 people. The 400 kilogram, exquisitely decorated ornamental curtain, hand sewn from Belgian linen, is a real gem.

Services

  • Transfer by coach
  • Local tour guide
  • City tour of Dresden
  • Lunch (without drinks)
  • Guided tour through the Semperoper

Price & Information

Price: EUR 149.- per person

Date: 06.07.2022

Duration: approx. 9.5 hours

Dresden

Graupa - 11 July 2022

On your trip to Graupa, visit Lohengrin-Haus, the former large farmhouse of the Schäfer family, where Wagner composed the music for the opera of the same name during his summer holidays in 1846. A variety of original documents like correspondences from Wagner and his friends or souvenirs from his Parisian period, as well as an extensive media library with Wagner works can be explored. The rooms are decorated in the style of 19th century Saxon farmhouses. In the hunting lodge from the 18th century, exhibitions on "Wagner in Saxony", " Poetry", "Composition", "Theatre and Stage", "Orchestra Pit" and "Reception of Wagner" await you. The adjoining castle gardens offer a Richard Wagner trail marked with information boards.

The Wagner Monument in Liebethaler Grund in the fascinating landscape of the Saxon Switzerland is the largest in the world. Originally designed by Richard Guhr for the Great Garden in Dresden, World War I and the Great Depression led to the erection of the monument at the Wesenitz. Situated on the beautiful Dichter-Musiker-Maler-Weg ("Poet-Musician-Painter-Route"), it attracts many people interested in culture and nature.

Afterwards it is time for lunch at restaurant Pillnitzer Elbblick, a cosy place overlooking the Elbe steamboats, before you return to Leipzig.

Services

  • Transfer by coach
  • Local tour guide
  • Guided tour of the Wagner sites including the Lohengrin House and hunting lodge and their permanent exhibitions
  • Visit to the Wagner monument in Liebethaler Grund
  • Lunch (without drinks) at the restaurant Pillnitzer Elbblick

Price & Information

Price: EUR 125.- per person

Date: 11.07.2022

Duration: approx. 10 hours

Graupa

Ermlitz - 13 July 2022

The small town of Ermlitz is situated in one of the most historical regions of Germany, the Saalekreis. Perhaps you have heard of the Romanesque Road, the Saale Valley or the famous Nebra Sky Disk? The historic Ermlitz estate is just one of the many picturesque castles, palaces and manor houses you will find there. Be enchanted by the beauty of the baroque manor Ermlitz owned by the Apel family of authors and enjoy an exclusive Wagner concert.

Guido Theodor Apel (1811-1867), a childhood friend of Wagner, whom he met during his schooldays at the Nikolaischule (1828-1830) in Leipzig, also had a great interest in music and poetry. It was him who brought Wagner in "contact with the higher bourgeois comfort" and they maintained a close friendship despite their different origins. In the manor house collection, which includes 42 original letters from Wagner to Apel, you will get an idea of their everyday life, their relationship and the artistic work of the two friends who spent a lot of time together between 1832 and 1836. It is therefore not surprising that he wrote a piece of music to a poem by his friend and composed the background music to Apel's drama "Columbus".

Another highlight is the beautiful in English garden style arranged park of the manor. You can still admire the centuries old trees that Wagner once looked at. See for yourself this wonderful scenery and follow in the footsteps of the young Richard Wagner.

Services

  • Transfer by coach
  • Local tour guide
  • Guided tour of the historial Ermlitz estate
  • Individual concert
  • Coffee and Cake

Price & Information

Price: EUR 99.- per person

Date: 13.07.2022

Duration: approx. 5 hours

Ermlitz

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