The Leipzig Notenrad
Cycling through the Music City
There probably is not another city in the world where you can experience so many interesting historical places relating to music in such an active yet laid-back way. And the best way to experience this rich history? By bicycle!
The Leipzig Notenrad leads you to the living and working places of famous musical geniuses. From St. Thomas Church in the city centre you will cycle through less touristy parts of Leipzig - along rivers, through parks and the Gründerzeit quarter (with architecture dating back to the Wilhelminan era), past mansions, churches, museums and the historical homes of famous composers. After 40 kilometres your Leipzig Notenspur will end at the new Gewandhaus. If you would rather a shorter trip in the saddle, you can also opt for an abbreviated tour of 17.5 km.
The Leipzig Notenrad is one of three individual "musical discovery tours" developed by the Leipzig Notenspur Initiative - a project by citizens for citizens. Incidentally, the Leipzig Notenspur website was awarded the European Initiative Prize for Culture "Pro Europa". And as Leipzig locals are known to be visionaries and dreamers, the next goal is already set: Inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The stations along the Leipzig Notenrad
The Leipzig Notenspur
The Leipzig Notenspur
The fascinating combination of musical experiences & city exploration.
A musical walking tour: Leipzig has an unparalleled density of the original places of work of famous composers. Since 12 May 2012, the Leipzig Notenspur has made this musical cultural heritage a tangible experience for tourists. As the individual stations are not far removed from one another, they can be comfortably discovered on foot. At each station, audio examples and information in German and English provide you with exciting insights. You can also get the full experience on a unique 360° panorama tour.
The Leipzig Notenspur connects the most important original locations in Leipzig city centre along 5.1 km. Curved steel elements embedded into the ground mark the meandering path through city centre. You can start and end your tour at any of the stations.
The Leipzig Notenbogen
The music of the 19th and early 20th century are at the centre of the 5 km-long Leipzig Notenbogen, or "Music Walk".
Get a sense of the atmosphere of the time on your way through the Gründerzeit district and its parks.