The Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus
The Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus have been cultivating classical music for over 250 years. They are an epitome of the city and today world-famous.The 19th Gewandhauskapellmeister is the international star conductor Riccardo Chailly. The Gewandhaus Orchestra plays in the Gewandhaus just as in the performances in the Opera House and at the stagings of the Bach cantatas joint with the St. Thomas' Boys Choir in St. Thomas' Church.
The hometown of Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach was Leipzig's musical director - director 'musices lipsiensis' - and choirmaster of St. Thomas' Boys Choir between 1723 and 1750. The city has dedicated itself to maintaining Bach's heritage with the Bach Archives, the Bach Museum, the St. Thomas' Boys Choir, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra.
The Leipzig Opera House
Mendelssohn House is the only remaining residence of the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. He died here in 1847. Today, Mendelssohn House is a museum with many an intersting exhibit on display, including his original furniture.
St. Thomas' Boys Choir
Monument to the Battle of the Nations
This largest memorial complex in Europe, with a viewing platform 91 metres above ground, was erected to commemorate the Battle of the Nations of 1813.
Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum
The Leipzig Fair - "trade fairs made-to-measure"
The Leipzig Fair is also known as the "mother of all trade fairs" and opened its new exhibition centre in 1996. In 1997 the trade fair celebrated the 500th anniversary of its endowment wth the "Imperial Right to Hold Trade Fairs". The slogan of the Leipzig Fair: "trade fairs made-to-measure".
Leipzig – the City of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989
Leipzig was the starting point for the events which led to the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. You can visit the original locations, e.g. St. Nicholas' Church, where - after the Prayers for Peace every Monday - the demonstrations started along Augustusplatz and the central ring road to the headquarters of the secret police (Stasi). The former Stasi headquarters have been turned into the Museum in the "Round Corner".
Spinnerei – from cotton to culture
Formerly the largest cotton mill in continental Europe, Spinnerei is today the site with the highest density of galleries in Germany. The appeal of this old factory complex lies in its heterogeneous conversion: Beside 80 artists, 14 galleries and exhibition spaces, creative professionals like architects, designers, craftspeople, retailers and printers have found a home in the Spinnerei. A restaurant, theatre and dance groups, several cultural initiatives, small shops and individual loft apartments create a charming urban flair.
The Old City Hall
Goethe and Auerbachs Keller
Between 1765 and 1768, Johann Wolfgang Goethe studied in Leipzig. A scene from his celebrated "Faust", "Auerbach's Cellar in Leipzig", made the restaurant world-famous.
Leipzig Central Station
Wilhelminian-style architecture – Waldstrassenviertel
Leipzig Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world and has one of the largest collections of species. It is therefore one of the most popular destinations in the city. Visit "Pongoland", the world's largest zoo facility for anthropoids, "Makasi Simba", the lions' savannah, a sloth-bears' gorge, a Tiger's taiga, an African savannah. And much much more.
Auenwald floodplain forest
Belantis Leisure Park Leipzig
The world's largest freestanding advent calendar
Erected in December 1997 for the first time, the world's largest freestanding advent calendar is one of the major attractions of Leipzig Christmas market every year. With more than 250 twinkling stalls, Leipzig Christmas market is one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany. It is beautifully set against the magnificent historical backdrop of the Old City Hall on Market square.