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Leipzig - City of Music
Hardly any other German city has such a great and vibrant musical tradition as Leipzig.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Richard Wagner, Clara and Robert Schumann, Edvard Grieg, Gustav Mahler and many more left a precious musical legacy that is still ubiquitous today and continues to grow each year. The Gewandhaus orchestra and Leipzig Opera enjoy global renown, and international festivals attract considerable attention.
History comes to life at the very places where these composers once lived and worked. Follow the Leipzig Music Trail and discover a large number of original sites of interest where famous composers lived and worked, in a concentration which is unmatched anywhere in the world.
Musical Highlights in Leipzig
Leipzig - Creative City
Discover Leipzig´s vast alternative and creative scene just outside of the city centre. Whether crafts, art galleries in former factory spaces or alternative street festivals. The former industrial district of Plagwitz offers lots of room to the free thinking to try themselves out and explore their own creativity. As a result art in all shapes and sizes encompasses the city.
Soak up the energy of cultural hotpots such as SPINNEREI and Kunstkraftwerk, stroll along beautiful canals or discover the ever changing bar and club scene around Karl-Heine-Straße.
Creative Hotspost in Leipzig
Leipzig Watercity and Industrial Culture
Leipzig mixes urban industrial architecture with a vast network of canals crossing through the city’s western district.
Plagwitz, an unparalleled 90-hectare monument to industrial architecture was the first large industrial area in Germany whose development was fully planned. Industrial Pioneer Dr Carl Erdmann Heine’s ambitious vision for Leipzig´s West spearheaded the process of German Industrialisation in Leipzig.
Today once again, Plagwitz shines thanks to visionary tenants, such as artists and start-ups that have taken root here. Follow Dr Carl Erdmann Heine´s visible traces through Plagwitz and soak up the unique flair.
Industrial Heritage Sites
Leipzig for Families and Leisure
Leipzig is so multifaceted, that it offers not only sightseeing, but also plenty of leisure activities.
Whether you want to meet up close with amazing wildlife, educate yourself in a wide variety of museums or rather spend the day outside in one of Leipzig´s many parks, there is plenty to experience in this city. Discover Leipzig´s waterways on the canoe, bike through primary forests or simply relax on the sandy beach of Lake Cospuden. Thrill seekers should not miss Belantis theme park, where countless wild rides are waiting to be concurred.
In Leipzig the next adventure is just around the corner!
Leipzig for Families
Leipzig in the Course of History
Well passed it 800th Birthday, Leipzig can look back on a long and eventful history.
First mentioned in the 7th century, Leipzig was granted city rights and market privileges in 1165, making it an important trading hub. Countless musicians have lived and worked in Leipzig over the course of history, coining Leipzig as the city of music. Goethe, Luther, Nietzsche, Schiller - brilliant minds have always been attracted to the free spirit in Leipzig and have left their mark on the city.
In 1989 this strive for independence paved the way to the German Reunification. The Monday Peace Prayers lit a spark that inflamed the Peaceful Revolution that ultimately led to the unified Germany.
Leipzig lives and breathes history – discover it for yourself.
Historic Sites in Leipzig
Imposing castles and palaces, a vast system of idyllic bike and hike trails and the fascinating Leipzig New Lakeland – the manifold Leipzig Region has a lot to offer!
With its 22 lakes, the Leipzig New Lakeland area is the ideal place for recreation, swimming and all kinds of outdoor activities and trend sports.
The Saxon Heathland area, which includes the beautiful Düben Heath and Dahlen Heath, is just perfect for walking, cycling and riding.
And in Saxony's Castle Country there are countless romantic towns and historic castles, monasteries and manor houses waiting to be discovered – just a stone’s throw outside the city centre.
100 Years of Bauhaus
The centenary of the Bauhaus is celebrated all over Germany in 2019. Also Leipzig takes part in the celebrations. Architectural masterpieces of the 1920s and 1930s can be found in Leipzig’s city centre and its outskirts. A variety of themed exhibitions is also in the pipeline.
The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 in Weimar, which is only a short train ride away from Leipzig. The original idea of this school was to combine all different kinds of arts. Bauhaus was a trend not only in architecture but in several works like printing, photography and interior design. Such pieces were exhibited for instance at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig. Part of the Grassi buildung itself is a work of Bauhaus. The large glass surface was created by Josef Albers during the Bauhaus period. This year there will be a special exhibtion exploring the connections and the work of the Bauhaus members, who live and work in Saxony.
Even though the Bauhaus was only active for 14 years, the impact of this design can bee seen all over the world. In Leipzig several buildings with Bauhaus features can be found. Visit some of those unique landmarks and discover different facettes of Bauhaus at special ehibitions.
Bauhaus in Leipzig
Bachfest Leipzig 2019 "Bach, Court Compositeur" (June 2019)
With 75,000 visitors and more than 100 events the Bach Festival Leipzig counts among the most important classical music festivals in the world.Performances at authentic Bach sites and the involvement of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and St. Thomas Boys Choir render the Bach Festival Leipzig unique.
The 2019 edition will focus on Bach as a court composer. His work at the court produced numerous compositions – splendid music for celebrations, virtuous instrumental works and innovative church music.
Visit some truly special performances selected by the Bach-Archive and discover Leipzig, the city of music, in the footsteps of musical genius Johann Sebastian Bach.
CLARA19: 200th Birthday of composer and pianist Clara Schumann
Leipzig boasts a large number of sites of interest where famous composers lived and worked, in a concentration which is unmatched anywhere in the world. Wherever you go in the city there is musical history: a dazzling past where the foundations were laid for a lively musical present.
Among them are Clara and Robert Schumann, one of the most iconic couples of the 19th century. 2019 the city of Leipzig is gearing up for an exciting programme to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the brilliant pianist and composer Clara Schumann’s birthday.
Leipzig’s cultural institutions will join forces with international musicians to bring her pieces to the stage and honour the diversity of her works.