Leipzig city center - bus and walking tour

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The tour begins with an almost two-hour bus tour through various parts of Leipzig. We visit the Waldstraße district, the southern part of town, the industrial district of Plagwitz and the former suburb of Gohlis with Schillerhaus and the Gohliser Schlösschen. Other destinations are the National Monument and the Old Fair, which was inaugurated in 1913. The afternoon concludes with a walk in the pedestrian zone of Leipzig featuring more sights worth seeing in the city center (Barfußgäschen, Market with Old Town Hall, Mädlerpassage, Naschmarkt, Specks Hof, Nikolaikirche).

Leipzig - city of book and music publishers

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100 years ago, Leipzig was the leading centre of book and music trade in Germany and Europe. Ninety-nine percent of all book orders went through the city of trade fairs. Our tour shows the important past of the "Buchstadt Leipzig" and the once pulsating graphic quarter, which before the Second World War accommodated approximately 1,000 book producing and book publishing facilities, including renowned music publishers such as Breitkopf und Härtel, Peters, Hofmeister. After a tour of the publisher quarter, we will take public transportation to Staatsarchiv Leipzig, where we hear a presentation on their extensive music publishing holdings (correspondence, publishing books, printing plates, etc.).

A musical double: Mendelssohn and Schumann houses

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A combined visit of both Mendelssohn-Haus and the Schumann-Haus gives us the opportunity to get an insight into the life and work of two of the most important musical pioneers of the 19th century. This guided tour gives you an impression of the composer's apartments and offers an additional opportunity for a creative experience: slip into the role of a conductor at the Mendelssohn Effectorium, and walk in Robert Schumann's footsteps through the new sound room of the Schumann-Haus and invent music yourself. The afternoon concludes with a concert in Mendelssohn's music hall.

Notenrad

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Remote places of Leipzig's music history will be explored by bike. In 1742 Bach's Bauernkantate was performed at Rittergut Kleinzschocher. According to the plans of the year 1933 a large memorial for Richard Wagner was to be erected in the grove named after the native Leipziger. In the summer of 1785, in the Schillerhaus, Friedrich Schiller created the text of the "Ode to Joy", which was later set to music by Beethoven. The Gustav Mahler House was the residence of the composer who was employed at the Leipzig Theater from 1886 to 1888 and the place where his first symphony was composed. Be prepared for many discoveries of Leipzig's music history.

Bach Archive and Thomaskirche

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The historic Bosehaus, where the Bach Archive and Bach Museum are located, is one of the oldest buildings at the Thomaskirchhof (Thomas church yard). It is situated opposite the Thomaskirche, where Johann Sebastian Bach worked for 27 years as the cantor. In the course of this tour, we will visit the permanent exhibition of the Bach Museum, where you can learn about life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach using a multimedia approach, as well as a special exhibition on his Leipzig cantatas. The tour also includes a visit to the archive's treasury, which has valuable autographs, original prints by Bach and an impressive portrait collection of the Bach family. A tour guide will present materials from the extensive and exquisite collection of the Bach Archive. After having enjoyed the treasures of the Bach Archive, we will visit Bach's most important domain, the Thomaskirche.

Thomaskirche, Nikolaikirche and Museum of Musical Instruments

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This tour features two outstanding music venues in Leipzig: Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche. You will walk past the Paulinum and Gewandhaus to the graveyard of Johannis, where Johann Sebastian Bach was buried. It concludes with a guided tour of the museum of musical instruments, where precious pieces from Renaissance, Baroque and Bach's Leipzig period can be found. The museum has a fine collection of instruments from Europe and the rest of the world.

Autumn 1989: A Peaceful Revolution

Foto: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1989-1023-022 / Friedrich Gahlbeck

Leipzig is a city of heroes, which is a perception that points to a revolution that had not yet existed: where on a Monday in an Autumn 1989 participants held peaceful demonostrations in what became a legendary day of demonstrations starting at the Nikolaikirche and turned into a vital part of German history. Our tour presents the focal points of the events in Autumn 1989. We conclude the tour with a visit of the museum of the DDR-Staatssicherheit (the GDR secret service).

Jewish Life in Leipzig: Past and Present

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On this tour we will recall the flourishing Jewish life in Leipzig long ago. In the past Leipzig held the sixth largest Jewish community in Germany with almost 13,000 members. We will also get to know the ever-growing community of today, which makes Jewish life in Leipzig visible again. Included in this tour is a musical performance.

"On nature’s trail": Discovery tour in Zoo Leipzig

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The Leipzig Zoo has a unique concept that focuses on animal welfare, animal husbandry, species conservation, as well as education programs and exciting explorer tours. It is well on the way to becoming a Zoo of the future. The zoo accommodates around 850 animal species and subspecies, and it is among the most renowned and modern zoos in the world. Here you can experience the ape world called Pongoland, which is unique in the world, along with Europe’s largest individual population of sloth bears, and finally, Gondwanaland, a fascinating tropical rain forest in the middle of Leipzig.

Johann Gottfried Silbermann' Organs at Rötha

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Saxony is an important area for organ building. Two of the instruments by the famous organ builder Johann Gottfried Silbermann will be highlighted on this tour. We visit St. Georgenkirche in Rötha, where we will have a guided tour of the church and listen to a musical performance on this instrument that was built in 1721. After a short break we will continue to the church of St. Marien with an organ by Silbermann that was completed a year later in 1722. Here, too, we explore the church and listen to a performance on the organ.

Halle – Händel house and Nebra sky disk

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Georg Friedrich Händel spent the first 18 years of his life in Halle. The Händel Museum is a former residence of the genius and today it offers a permanent exhibition on his time in Halle and his career in Europe.


We learn about Händel's creative work, his brilliant artistic personality, the art of building music instruments and illustrious events of that time by looking at rare paintings, graphics and musical instruments as well as listening to sound samples. The second part of the tour is dedicated to a visit to see the Nebra Sky Disc, which is approximately 4,000-year-old disc made of bronze depicting the night sky, and is currently thought to be the second-oldest artefact of it's type in the world.