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GREAT GERMAN COMPOSERS

DAY 1 BERLIN

Arrival in Berlin and meeting with the accompanying guide. Panoramic tour of the capital of Germany, where we can contemplate Alexanderplatz, which already in the Middle Ages, when it was known as Ochsenmarkt (Oxen Market), was considered the center of Berlin. Currently Alex, as the many Berliners call it, is still one of the principal meeting sites in the capital; the Cathedral, crowned by a greenish-colored copper dome, Red Town Hall, the Avenue Unter den Linden, which is, along with the Kurfürstendamm, one of the principal avenues of Berlin; Potsdamer Square, one of the most boisterous squares in Berlin in the past, was razed during the Second World War and divided in two by the Berlin Wall; the impressive building of the new Guard, the Brandenburg Gate, one of the oldest entrance gates to Berlin in addition to one of the most important symbols in the city; the Monument to the Holocaust, near Brandenburg Gate. Lunch. Tour of the Pergamon Museum, the most important on “Museum Island” and the most visited in all of Berlin. In the interior of the building are exhibited the impressive Collection of Antiquities, in addition to the Museum of the Orient and the Museum of Islamic Art. Tour of the New Museum (Neues Museum), the jewel of the five museums that make up “The Island”. With more than 2.500 objects on display  situated along 3,600 square meters divided over three floors, the part of Egypt is, probably, the most important in the museum. You can see mummues, funerary figures used for the burial rituals and an endless series of objects displayed in an incomparable setting although, without doubt, the masterpiece of the museum is the bust of Queen Nefertiti, preserved in perfect conditions since its creation in the year 1351 B.C. Rest of the afternoon free. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 BERLIN – LEIPZIG

Breakfast and departure for Leipzig. Panoramic tour of the city, where we can contemplate the old City Hall, beautiful building of Renaissance construction, the Church of the Memory, beautiful Church that is a reproduction of the Church of the Resurrection in Moscow, the Old School of Saint Nicholas, where Wagner studied between 1828 and 1830 the 4th and 5th years of secondary school, Saint Nicholas Church, the oldest in the city, the Church of Saint Thomas, without doubt one of the most famous churches outside of borders since Johann Sebastian Bach played there and was in charge of the choir, the Opera House, etc.  Tour of the Church of Saint Thomas, where Bach was cantor and from 1723 until his death in 1750. In the Church Wagner was baptized and, since 1950, beneath a bronze plaque, the mortal remains of Bach can be found, since the earlier site, the Church of Saint John, was destroyed during the Second World War. Lunch. Departure to visit the Bach Museum. Bach, born in Eisenah moved to Leipzig in 1723 and there he remained the rest of his days. Bach began to go blind the last year of his life, and he died the 28th of July in 1750, after submitting to a failed eye operation. The Bosehaus faces the Church of Saint Thomas. The house, building from the 15th century, was reconstructed and amplified according to the tasts from the 15th century by the merchant Georg Heinrich Bose. It conserves the notable entrance hall with its robust vaults from the earlier construction, from the year 1586. The family of Bach was often invited to the house of the merchant Georg Bose. In the ballroom they had concerts. Today, it houses the Bach Archives and the Bach Museum. The permanent exhibition of the Museum, “Bach in Leipzig”, allows a glimpse into the life and work of Bach. Then we will visit the Mendelssohn Museum. Although he was born in Hamburg, Mendelssohn maintained a close relationship with Leipzig. He resided there from 1835 until his death in 1847. The house is situated very near Saint Thomas, in Goldschmidstrasse, 12. It is a simple and sober building. We will see the studio of the composer, personal objects, manuscripts, letters, a mould of his hand. In the house there are two pianos, one that belong to the composer himself and the other in a concert hall where they often organize recitals with very limitaded capacity. Mendelssohn was very fond of painting and we will be able to see some watercolors painted by him. In a showcase they have a mortuary mask and some hair. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 LEIPZIG – EXC. HALLE 

Breakfast and departure to take an excursion to Halle to visit the house where Händel was born the 24th of February in 1685. This German composer, although nationalized as British, was one of the greatest composers from the end of the Baroque period. The birth house of the composer, reconditioned as a museum, shows his life and his work. It features a collection of instruments of early music, from amongst which several harpsichords from the 16th and 17th centuries stand out, and it houses a great compilation of his musical work. It has a total of 14 rooms where they exhibit his work and his life. Lunch. Afternoon free to stroll through the historic center of the city, where we will see history in every corner. However, Halle is also a very modern city, as demonstrated by its happy cafés, restaurants and bars, large shopping centers and pretty small stores; the large city squares seem to vibrate pure vitality. University Square impresses with its classicist Architectural Historic Grouping. Or Market Square, the largest square in Halle and place of traditional comerce, where weavers and cloth merchants have lived more than 800 years. In the center of Market Square we find the monument to the composer Händel, born in Halle in 1685, and from here can be see the silhouettes of the five towers that make the symbol of the city. Return to Leipzig. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 LEIPZIG – BAYREUTH

Breakfast and departure for Bayreuth, one of the European cities of the baroque and the rococo. This city has become a pilgrimage site for Wagnerianos from all over the world. Arrival and Lunch. Tour of the Wagner House, a mansion constructed according to the desires of Wagner that has two floors with ample windows. Over its main entrance, which is reached by a staircase, we find the name  “Wahnfried”, union of the words Wahn (craziness) and Friede (peace). Some inscriptions in the façade explain it: “Here is where my tormented spirit has found peace, and thus I name this house”. Over the door, las figures of the God Wotan, as a pilgrim, and two women with the yong Sigfrid. Before the town  the bust of Ludwig II of Bavaria reminds us of the special relationship that unitted him with Wagner. The town  has its own garden and is situated next to the Hofgarten, a grand park with 400 years of history, with magnificent trees, lovely sculptures and an idyllic Lake. On the ground floor, upon entering you reach an ample vestibule, with busts and statues in marble, and two pianos, one of them a gift from Louis II. That leads to a grand salon, which was the the family room, meeting space with the visitors, music room, library and workplace of Wagner. In the staircase, mezzanine and upper floor are reflected in detail the life and the work of Wagner from his infancy to his death: documents, paintings, photographs, several objects, scores, vestuary from his works. In the basement, some sixty models offer  a retrospective vision of the staging of the operas in Bayreuth from 1876. The back façade, with a semicircular rotonda, leads to a tranquil garden with a fountain in its center. At the back is Wagner’s tomb  and that of Cósima Liszt (daughter of Franz Liszt), who survived him by 47 years. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 BAYREUTH – EISENACH

Breakfast and Tour of the Franz Liszt Museum. The house in which the virtuoso pianista spent the lasts years of his life is today a museum consecrated to his life and his work (Portraits, letters, piano, etc.). Franza Liszt died the 31st of August in 1886 during the Wagner Festival that was being celebrated there. Departure for Eisenach. Lunch.  Tour of the Bach House. In the historic Bachhaus, built in 1457, we can view exhibition rooms dedicated to the life and work of this composer. In addition, all the visitors can listen in the Instrument Room of the house to the a live musical performance with original keyboard instruments typical from the period of Bach. The temporary exhibitions treat specific topics about the composer and his period. The rooms, furnished with period furniture, artistic objects, musical instruments and domestic equipment from the period in the upper floor, give one the idea of how a family of musicians lived in Eisenach around the year 1700. In addition they lay of the biography, the professional career and the artistic work of Johann Sebastian Bach. Remainder of the afternoon free to visit the city. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 EISENACH – BONN

Breakfast and departure for Bonn. Lunch. Tour of the birth home of Beethoven, turned into a museum, one of the characteristic buildings in Bonn. It is run by the Beethoven-Haus Society, created in the year 1889, and it includes a museum, the Beethoven archive and the chamber music room. The museum exhibits a representative part of the collections of the society and is the largest private collection  in the world dedicated to Beethoven. Through the portraits, original manuscripts, instruments and objects of daily use by the composer, they try to transmit a lively and authentic impression of the life and work of the artist. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 BONN

Breakfast and END OF TRIP