Bach in Leipzig and Eisenach

Leipzig has a Bach Museum and Eisenach has a Bach house and museum. For anyone who may have visited one or both of these, could you give me some feedback. Are both worthwhile? Thanks for your thoughts and experience.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9131 posts

Eisenach merits a visit for the Wartburg, but the Bachhaus isn't something I would travel out of my way to see. Worth a look if you're in town, though.

Posted by Tim
Wyckoff, NJ, USA
673 posts

The Bach Museum in Leipzig is quite comprehensive and looked redone when we were there just a few years ago. But it was still a bit dry. That's in comparison, say, with the possibility of hearing a church (i.e. not a "tourist" production) in the Thomaskirche across the street, where Bach worked for many years. You can't count on that on any given day, naturally. BTW, the Leipzig Gewandhaus is a relatively modern concert hall, and not worth the daytime tour time, although I would consider an evening orchestra concert there. I believe that the Bachhaus in Eisenach is not the actual house where Bach was born, because that is long gone. I haven't been there. The (very nice) Wartburg castle is Eisenach is only fictionally connected to Das Meistersinger, but it's a nice visit. It's more important for Martin Luther's time there. Note that the Bach family has important tracks in other cities, many of them worth visiting for multiple reasons, like Erfurt and Weimar.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9131 posts

"The (very nice) Wartburg castle is Eisenach is only fictionally connected to Das Meistersinger," Wasn't that Tannhäuser?

Posted by Anita
Philadelphia, PA, USA
331 posts

Yes, Tannhauser. Any other feedback on the Bach museums?