LEIPZIG


Leipzig is located in the east of Germany in the north-western part of Saxony near Dresden, Erfurt and Chemnitz. The 500,000 inhabitants are living in a vivid city with a long tradition, a lovely historic city center and a density of attractions. There are historical, musical as well as cultural highlights to have a look at.

Some of Leipzig’s highlights are:

 

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 at the Gewandhaus, performs at the Opera House and at the stagings of the Bach cantatas as well as joint with the St. Thomas' Boys Choir in St. Thomas' Church. The Mendelssohn Festival organised by the Gewandhaus presents an annual highlight in Leipzig's musical life.  Leipzig's vivid musical life is closely connected to former great composers including Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and Robert Schumann.


The Leipzig Opera House
Leipzig Opera - comprising Opera, operetta and the ballet of Leipzig - is the third oldest bourgeois music theatre stage of Europe. It owes its jutting international reputation to important soloists, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, an award-winning choir and the ballet of Leipzig in the continuity of the choreographies of Uwe Scholz.


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.


Spinnerei – from cotton to culture
Formely 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 several dance groups, cultural initiatives, small shops and individual loft apartments create a charming urban flair.


The Old City Hall
Leipzig's Old City Hall is one of the most beautiful Renaissance town halls in Germany. It was built between 1556 and 1557 in just nine months.


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.


Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum
This is the oldest surviving coffee house and restaurant in Europe which has been continuously in operation. Today it is a restaurant, cafe, and museum in one, documenting the history of the Saxons' proverbial love of coffee.


Leipzig Zoo
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 more.

 
You can find more information on the website www.leipzig.de.