In the footsteps of Max Reger

Weiden and Max Reger – an extra special tour

Explore the city in Max Reger’s footsteps. Even back when he lived here, the composer would stroll through the romantic lanes of Weiden and gather ideas for his magnificent compositions. The fact that he created almost all of his significant works for the organ in Weiden is also certainly due to the inspirational atmosphere of the city.

1. Max Reger memorial in Max-Reger-Park

Take a pleasant stroll through the glorious Max-Reger-Park and find the Max Reger memorial, which was created by the sculptor Josef Gollwitzer, who came from Weiden. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the memorial, whose organ pipes remind you of Reger’s extensive works for the organ, took place on October 12, 1957.

2. St. Michael's church

From 1886 to 1889, Max Reger played the organ for the Catholic Mass in the shared parish church of St. Michael under the direction of Adalbert Lindner. In 2007, the Weimbs company installed a new Max Reger memorial organ in St. Michael’s whose sound concept was developed after intense study of Reger’s complete works for the organ. The precise harmonization of all the elements of the organ that influence the sound enables an intonation that is especially full of nuance – something that is characteristic of a German Romantic organ.

3. Max Reger room in the city museum

In addition to the numerous music manuscripts and original printed manuscripts, the Max Reger Collection in the Old Schoolhouse shows documents from Max Reger’s extensive correspondence as well as personal documents and items. What is now the Max Reger room used to be part of Adalbert Lindner’s official residence. Reger had piano lessons here from 1884 to 1889.
Opening times:
Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.   

4. Max Reger’s gravestone

The composer’s gravestone stands in the Adenauer-Anlage. After his grave of honor was built at the Munich Waldfriedhof in 1930, the gravestone was brought to Weiden from Weimar.

5. St. Josef's church

Max Reger also tested the organ here in St. Josef’s on March 7, 1903.

6. Max Reger’s residence

The house at 31 Bürgermeister-Prechtl-Str. was the fourth house the Reger family lived in until they moved to Munich in 1901. A plaque on the building commemorates the city’s great son, who wrote his most famous works for the organ in Weiden.

The Reger family also lived in other homes in Weiden:

  • At 6 Obere Bachgasse – this is where the Reger family’s first house stands
  • The Reger family took up their second residence at 6 Oberer Markt
  • 27 Unterer Markt was the family’s third residence