Tour 10:Leipzig

The city looks back at a centuries` long tradition as an international trade centre as well as a centre of culture and music. The University of Leipzig is the second oldest in Germany, the “Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Conservatoire” attracts students from all over the world. Great musicians like Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Clara Wieck, Robert Schumann were living and working here. Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig. Music plays an important role in the life of the citizens of the town. Some of the traditions go back to the activities of Bach, who was cantor at St. Thomas Church with its famous choir. He spent nearly 27 years in Leipzig. Martin Luther came several times to the city, in 1519 to defend his theses in a disputation organized by the university, in 1539 for a sermon at St.Thomas. Germany`s greatest writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a student of the Leipzig University. After 2 hours car ride one arrives in the heart of the city by St.Thomas Church to start with a walking tour.

To be visited:

  • St.Thomas Church
  • Bachmemorial and -museum
  • "Auerbachskeller", old restaurant, famous through an episode of Goethe`s "Faust"
  • Goethememorial
  • Market Square with old Town Hall
  • Church to St.Niclas, oldest church of the town; in autumn 1989 centre of the opposition in Leipzig

Further, not in the centre:

  • the Mendelssohn-House
  • the Gewandhaus, famous concert hall
  • the Operahouse
  • "Völkerschlachtdenkmal", "Monument to the battle of the peoples", huge memorial, height 91 m, built in 1913 to commemorate victims of the battle of the allies against Napoleon in Octobre 1813

Guided and non guided insight visits as well as restaurants can be arranged.

Suitable in combination with tour 5 Wittenberg. Duration alltogether 12 hours.

  • 8 - 10 hours