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VIA REGIA – Cultural Route – THE cultural route through Europe

VIA REGIA – Cultural Route – THE cultural route through Europe

For over 2,000 years, the VIA REGIA has been the oldest and longest road link between Eastern and Western Europe. At around 4500 km and starting in Kiev, it passes through eight countries on its way to Santiago de Compostela. The German section of the route runs for approximately 600 km from the Rhine river through Frankfurt , Fulda, Eisenach, Naumburg, Leipzig and Bautzen to Görlitz.

Kings were not the only ones attracted to this medieval trade route: traders carried their wares along it, the military used it and in the medieval period, pilgrims followed it across the Western World to the Spanish pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela.

The trade route

The route was of great economic significance to cross-regional trade and the exchange of goods. Flanders cloth was transported from the West and wood, furs, wax and honey from the East, whilst the central regions transported dyer's woad (a plant used for dye) from the Thuringian Basin and mining products from Upper Saxony. The route also linked the two great trade fair cities of Frankfurt am Main and Leipzig in Saxony.

A military route

The route was also used by armies, and so large battles also took place around it, for example two decisive battles during the Thirty Years' War in 1631 and 1642 at Breitenfeld near Leipzig. The death march from Adlerwerke concentration camp in Frankfurt to Buchenwald concentration camp also travelled along the VIA REGIA in March 1945.

Movement, meetings and meditation

Numerous pilgrims taking part in the Aachen Pilgrimage also used the highway as a pilgrimage route. The VIA REGIA, an exquisite and fascinating treasure trove of European cultural history, remains a route of cultural dialogue and communication to this day. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in the autumn of 1989, the German part of the route has amounted to about 600 km and now as then, the cities located either side of it have blossomed into a breathtaking tourist belt that serves as a treasure trove of Europe's past.

Via Regia

Length: approximately 4500 km

Theme: culture and encounters

Highlights:
Bautzen: castle, ecclesiastical buildings
Eisenach: Luther city, Wartburg Castle
Erfurt: Augustinian abbey, Merchant's Bridge (Krämerbrücke)
Frankfurt: Römer town hall, skyline, Main river
Fulda: cathedral, palace, abbey
Görlitz: Europe city
Leipzig: trade fair city, Battle of Leipzig memorial
Naumburg: cathedral, museums

www.via-regia.org

Events
Opera in three acts by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Loosely adapted from Georges Rodenbachs novel »Bruges-la-Morte«
Libretto by Paul Schott

Performed in German with German and English supertitles
Paul has withdrawn from the world, devastated at the loss of his wife, Marie. Yet his frozen heart begins to melt when he meets a dancer, Marietta. The young woman becomes a mirror to his desires upon which he projects the “return” of his dead spouse. Paul sinks ever deeper into buried layers of his psyche. He only returns to reality after experiencing a nightmarish vision in which he commits murder. Can he break free of his psychological chains and return to a normal life? 

 »Die tote Stadt« by the young Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a former »wunderkind«, made him – alongside Richard Strauss – the most performed German opera composer of the 1920s. After almost 100 years this musically gripping psychological drama is returning to the Semperoper.

Upcoming dates:

21.01.2018

from 18:00

21.01.2018

from 18:00

Venue

Semperoper Dresden
Theaterplatz 2
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 351 49 11 705
Fax: +49 351 49 11 700
bestellung@semperoper.de
www.semperoper.de

Organiser

Semperoper Dresden
Theaterplatz 2
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 351 49 11 705
Fax: +49 351 49 11 700
bestellung@semperoper.de
http://www.semperoper.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Germany’s premier ball fascinates 2,500 guests in the famous Dresden Semperoper and 15,000 spectators outside on Theaterplatz every year.

Further information: http://semperopernball.de

Upcoming dates:

26.01.2018

from 21:00

Venue

Semperoper Dresden
Theaterplatz 2
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 (0) 351 4911705
Fax: +49 (0) 351 4911700
bestellung@semperoper.de
www.semperoper.de

Organiser

Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden - Semperoper
Fon: +49 (0) 351 4911705
Fax: +49 (0) 351 4911700
bestellung@semperoper.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
Highlights of belcanto: »Lucia di Lammermoor«, »L’elisir d’amore«, »Rigoletto« and »Il barbiere di Siviglia«
The Semperoper Dresden invites all fans of belcanto to a very special programme featuring jewels of the repertoire including Gaetano Donizetti’s »Lucia di Lammermoor« and »L’elisir d’amore«, Giuseppe Verdi’s »Rigoletto« as well as Gioachino Rossini’s »Il barbiere di Siviglia / The Barber of Seville« performed over nine days around the Easter holidays.

Upcoming dates:

28.03.2018

from 19:00

29.03.2018

from 19:00

30.03.2018

from 19:00

31.03.2018

from 19:00

01.04.2018

from 19:00

02.04.2018

from 18:00

03.04.2018

from 19:00

04.04.2018

from 19:00

06.04.2018

from 19:00

Venue

Semperoper Dresden
Theaterplatz 2
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 351 49 11 705
Fax: +49 351 49 11 700
bestellung@semperoper.de
www.semperoper.de

Organiser

Semperoper Dresden
Theaterplatz 2
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 351 49 11 705
Fax: +
bestellung@semperoper.de
http://www.semperoper.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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