Leipzig: what to see, the monuments in the city of Saxony

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

Leipzig travel guide

Located in Saxony, in a historical region of Central Europe, Leipzig is a city in Germany. To the first inhabitants of Slavic origin joined an appropriation German result dominant in the life of the ancient town that, in the thirteenth century, thanks to its geographical position, was one of the main transit markets of central Germany and home to famous fairs over the place of ‘meeting of German merchants and Europeans. In terms of culture gained importance with the founding of the university in the year 1409.

In 1764, Leipzig became the center of the German book trade in the sector of the publishing industry by purchasing a privileged position, which managed to maintain even when, with the German Customs Union in 1834, lost the privileges and exemptions of its exhibitions.

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

Among the various institutions in the city stand out the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra, which is based in the prestigious concert hall of the same name, the Bach Museum and the famous Boys Choir, Thomana, which is the oldest cultural institution in Leipzig, established by the Church of St. Thomas (St. Thomas), his choir (Thomanerchor) and by its school (Thomasschule).

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

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

The Wagner-Festtage Leipzig are events dedicated to Richard Wagner, born in Leipzig in 1813. Leipzig is also linked to another famous person, or the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who attended his prestigious university and the ancient local “Auerbachs Keller”, where the young Goethe was a regular customer, are set some scenes of Goethe’s Faust.

Places to visit in Leipzig

– Altes Rathaus, Old Town Hall, is one of the oldest buildings in the Renaissance style of Germany, overlooking Markplatz, Market Square.

– Thomas Church is the Church of St. Thomas, in the Gothic style, inside it is the tomb of Johann Sebastian Bach.

– Nicolas Church is the Church of St. Nicholas, a symbolic place, where they began prayer meetings for peace that led to the peaceful revolution in the GDR and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.