Leipzig (Germany): what to see in the city of Saxony


What to see in Leipzig, attractions in this city of Germany located in the Saxony region, where culture and music are ancient traditions.

Tourist information

Located in Saxony, in a historic region of Central Europe, Leipzig is a city in Germany.

The first inhabitants of Slavic origin were joined by a German settlement which was dominant in the life of the ancient town which, in the thirteenth century thanks to its geographical position, was one of the main transit markets of central Germany and the site of famous fairs as well as the place of meeting of German and European merchants.

From a cultural point of view, it gained importance with the foundation of the university in the year 1409.

In 1764 Leipzig became the center of the German book trade, acquiring a privileged position in the publishing industry sector, which it managed to maintain even when, by joining the German Customs Union in 1834, it lost the privileges and franchises of its fairs.

With the establishment of the German Democratic Republic after 1945, many publishing houses and the International Book Fair were moved to Frankfurt. Leipzig boasts ancient musical traditions and has a lively cultural life.

Among the various institutions present in the city, the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra stands out, which is located in the prestigious concert hall of the same name, the Bach Museum and the famous choir of white voices, Thomana, which represents the oldest cultural institution in Leipzig, consisting of the Church of St. Thomas (Thomaskirche), its choir (Thomanerchor) and its school (Thomasschule).

From 1723 to 1750 Johann Sebastian Bach was appointed Kantor of this choir, a task which included, in addition to teaching singing to the students of the Thomasschule, also the composition of music, responsibility and musical direction in the city churches.

Today the city is constantly evolving, hosting high-level musical events, including the Mendelssohn-Festtage Leipzig, organized in honor of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who founded the Leipzig Conservatory and was appointed director of the Gewandhaus orchestra.

The Wagner-Festtage Leipzig are events dedicated to Richard Wagner, born in Leipzig in 1813.

Leipzig is also linked to another famous person, namely the great German scholar Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who attended his prestigious university and in the ancient place "Auerbachs Keller", where the young Goethe often went, some scenes of Faust are set by Goethe.

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What see

Altes Rathaus, the Old Town Hall, is one of Germany's oldest Renaissance-style buildings, overlooking Markplatz, the market square.

Thomaskirche is the Church of San Tommaso, in Gothic style, inside there is the tomb of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Nikolaikirche it is the Church of San Nicola, a symbolic place, where the prayer meetings for peace began which led to the peaceful Revolution in the GDR and the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989.

Germany's Dresden and Leipzig (May 2021)

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