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Bach Family Ancestral House

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In Drei Gleichen (formerly Wechmar), Veit Bach (1550-1619), the forefather of the widely ramified Bach family, took refuge from the Counter-Reformation in 1590 and settled as a miller and minstrel in the then "Oberbackhaus" at the centre of the town. In the ancestral home of the Bach family, a permanent exhibition provides information about the life and work of the Wechmar Bachs. The "Museum of Thuringian Minstrels" is also housed here and recalls with historic exhibits, such as a violin-making workshop, the time when Wechmar was the centre of Thuringian violin making (1750-1846). In the Veit-Bach Upper Mill, the picture cycle entitled "The Bach Family" is on show, with eleven large-size panels on the history of this family of musicians.

Opening hours

Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00

Oct.-March: Tues/Thurs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat/Sun from 1 4 p.m. and by arrangement

Groups also outside opening hours by appointment.

Detailed information

  • culture/history
  • literature/theatre/music
  • Guided tours for parties of schoolchildren

  • Largest Bach family tree in the world


  • Guided tour by appointment
  • Language: German, English, French, Dutch
  • Parking for coach: 4



Contact information


Bachstr. 4
99869 Drei Gleichen

Telephone: +49 (0) 36256 22680
Fax: +49 (0) 36256 8520

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