Like you prefer it: Wechmar is the Bach place or Wechmar or the Bach Ancestral Community.
From everybody outside the United States and all English-speaking nations: "bogo" is "buy one, get one free!" Next: the Bach Ancestral Home (Bach Stammhaus) and the Veit Bach Mill in the Bach place of Wechmar are located just six minutes drive from the Autobahn 4, respectively the interstate 4 or the motorway 4. What does this mean? It means that you, if you are on a trip in "Bach Country" might easily squeeze in Wechmar. And there you definitely don't have to look for a parking space.
Wechmar is of a special importance for the Bach history. A trip to the Bach homeland should include a side trip to Wechmar. Here are some distances: You will find the Bach city of Gotha in five minutes distance. Gotha is next door neighbor and too well worth a visit. A little further down this page you will find the Bach place of Wechmar best on the map.
To the Bach city of Arnstadt it's a 22 minutes drive. To the Bach city of Ohrdruf you need just 13 minutes. To the lovable Bach place of Dornheim it's 22 minutes as well, as this community is next door – so to speak – from Arnstadt. Eisenach is 33 minutes away. To the Bach city of Mühlhausen you drive 55 minutes. To the Bach city of Köthen it's a whopping two hours and finally to the Bach city of all Bach cities, which is Leipzig, please calculate 1 hour and 40 minutes. How far the Bach city of Lüneburg is – I better don't tell you here. All data based on no traffic jam around plus starting in the heart of "Bach Country", how we call the area around Erfurt, Thuringia.
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Type in the "city" of Günthersleben-Wechmar". If it's an English or American GPS, which you brought with you, try if that doesn't work the ZIP, which is 99869. Next is the street, which is "Bachstrasse" followed by the number of the house: 4. Funny: in Germany you put that number behind the street's name. Now let the machine do the rest of the work for you.
You consider that funny? Johann Sebastian Bach walked from Ohrdruf to Lüneburg, that is a total of 240 miles. And later, in his time in Arnstadt, he again walked from there to Lübeck, which is even a few miles more: Almost 300.
Okay, a promise is a promise. From Gotha to Wechmar you walk a little more than one hour, from the Bach city of Ohrdruf to Wechmar you need a little more than two hours. And from the Bach city of Arnstadt it's around three hours. From Wechmar you walk to Eisenach in eight hours. And to the Bach city of Mühlhausen it's some ten hours. After a 28 hours walk you reach Leipzig. And to the Bach city of Köthen it's 30 hours. All data based on an average adult. I am kidding.
But why would you walk – that is not how you would waste your time. Fact is: If you are visiting Ohrdruf, make a side trip to Wechmar, to the cradle of the musicians dynasty of the Bache, the largest and most famous family of musicians on earth.
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