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LEIPZIG - Culture and leisure 

Leipzig’s reputation as a world-class city of culture is based on a long tradition: Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner, Goethe, Schiller and Nietzsche all lived and worked in Leipzig. The Gewandhaus Concert Hall and its orchestra has embodied the musical side of the city for over 250 years and has made it world famous. Every year thousands of music fans come to Leipzig to attend the international festivals, such as the Bach Festival, the Leipzig Jazz Days or the Wave Gothic Festival. And no other city stages so many cabarets and fringe theatre productions. The Leipzig Lachmesse, Germany’s biggest international cabaret and fringe theatre festival, takes place every year in the trade fair mecca. 
 
 
The art scene is equally lively: many museums, galleries and art exhibitions in the “Leipzig School” city are open to art lovers.
Leipzig and the surrounding area also provides many opportunities to relax and enjoy nature: the Leipziger Neuseenland (Leipzig New Lake District) is a giant nature reserve and greenbelt recreation area just outside the city gates. It also contains the biggest amusement park in East Germany, BELANTIS. But the city itself also has many green areas: there are numerous parks to relax in, such as the Rosenthal or the Clara-Zetkin Park, the riverside forest – the biggest continuous inner-city area of woodland in Europe – or a canoe trip on Leipzig’s canals.                                          

                            Source: University of Leipzig 

The best places to visit in Leipzig:

 

Markt and Old City Hall 

The Old Town Hall deserves to be called one of merchant city’s landmarks. The Renaissance building with its baroque tower dominates the Market Place. From the remains of old prison cells in the cellar, via the historical rooms on the main floor, up to the tower cupola, the building is a compendium of the history of the city and itself the most valuable part of the museum.
The permanent exhibition presents the multifaceted Leipzig history from early times to the Battle of the Nations, from the Revolution of 1848 to the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 and German reunification.

source: stadtgeschichtliches-museum-leipzig.de

The Leipzig Cotton Mill

Founded in 1884, the Spinnerei became an entire industrial town with over 20 factories, workers’ housing, kindergartens and a recreational area. The mill reached its maximum size in 1907, with 240,000 spindles processing cotton across a working area of about 25 acres. Up to 4,000 people worked there, until production of thread was halted in 1993 following the reunification of Germany several years earlier.
Since then, the cotton mill has been transformed into a real working ‘factory’ of art. About 100 artists have their own studios, along with 11 galleries and a non-profit space called Halle 14.  One of the key artists of the so-called “New Leipzig School” is Neo Rauch, who was among the first to set up his studio in the Spinnerei and later gained international fame after Brad Pitt bought one of his prints.

source: llworldtour.com

 

St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig is an open church for all. In 1989, it was viewed by many around the world as the starting point of a peaceful revolution, aimed at reunifying Germany. Nowadays it is a church for anybody looking to find strength in stillness – a church for peaceful coexistence.
The story behind the construction of St. Nicholas Church is as eventful as the church's own history. Originally constructed in a Romanesque style in the 12th century (the crucifix in the chancel dates back to this period), it was converted into a late Gothic hall church at the start of the 16th century. The Luther pulpit, constructed in 1521, which was part of St. Nicholas Church long before the Reformation, is now located in the north chapel. The main tower and door are examples of Baroque architecture; the church interior was designed in a Neoclassical style at the end of the 18th century.

source: germany.travel

Monument to the Battle of the Nations

Completed in 1913, the Monument to the Battle of the Nations is a colossal structure incorporating huge stone figures, vast crypt chambers, and an overall feel that the whole thing was constructed by the dwarven folk of fantasy novels.
The titular Battle of the Nations actually took place in October of 1813 between Napoleon and his allies and Russian, Prussian, Austrian, and Swedish fighters. In the end, Napoleon was forced to surrender and retreat, but the battle itself, which involved over 600,000 troops, was notoriously bloody. Almost immediately following the battle the monument was proposed. It was designed and planned over the following decades and ground was finally broken in 1898 on the very spot the French leader had surrendered. After 15 years of construction the colossal monument was finished in 1913.

source: atlasobscura.com

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Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum der bildenden Künste (German: "Museum of Fine Arts") covers artworks from the Late Middle Ages to Modernity.
The museum dates back to the founding of the "Leipzig Art Association" by Leipzig art collectors and promoters in 1837, and had set itself the goal of creating an art museum. In 1937 the Nazis confiscated 394 paintings and prints mainly of Expressionism in the propaganda campaign Degenerate art. In the night of 4 December 1943, the building was destroyed by a British air raid. In the mid 1990s, the city decided to give the museum back its own building. On 4 December 2004, exactly 61 years after the destruction of the "Städtischen Museum" on Augustusplatz, the new museum opened at the former Sachsenplatz (Saxony Square). The rectangular museum building cost 74.5 million euros and was designed by the architects Karl Hufnagel, Peter Pütz and Michael Rafaelian.
Today's collection includes approximately 3,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures and 60,000 graphic sheets. It includes works from the Late Middle Ages to the present, focusing on Old German and Early Netherlandish art of the 15th and 16th century, Italian art from the 15th to 18th century, Dutch art of the 17th century, French art of the 19th and German art from the 18th to 20th century.

source: en.wikipedia.org

Mendelssohn House 

In the heart of the City of Leipzig, just around the corner of the Gewandhaus, at Goldschmidtstraße 12 (formerly Königstraße), you can find the house in which Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy lived and died.
The house, built in the late classicist era, has been carefully restored. It was the composer’s last private address, and the only one of his residences that can still be visited. Today, it houses a museum in honour of Mendelssohn, who was active here not only as a composer and music director, but also as a cultural politician and piano virtuoso. Here, you can experience the authentic atmosphere of the apartment on the second floor where the Mendelssohn family lived from 1845 and which is furnished in the style of late Biedermeier.
Visitors can find information about the composer’s life and work, illustrated by letters and music sheets as well as water colours, written and painted by the composer himself and set among authentic furniture in his study and music salon. The latter is still used, just like in Mendelssohn’s days, as a venue for morning concerts.

source: leipzig.de ​​​​​

 

New Town Hall

Leipzig New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) is the seat of the Leipzig city administration since 1905. It stands within the Leipzig's "ring road" on the southwest corner opposite the city library at Martin-Luther-Ring. The main tower is, at 114.8 meters, the tallest city hall tower in Germany.
In 1895 the city of Leipzig was granted the site of the Pleissenburg by the Kingdom of Saxony to build a new town hall. A competition was held for architectural designs with the specification that the Rapunzel tower silhouette of the Pleißenburg be retained. In 1897 the architect and city building director of Leipzig Hugo Licht was awarded the job of designing it. The foundation stone of the New Town Hall was laid on 19 October 1899. The town hall was built in the style of historicism. The hall is notable as the location of numerous mass suicides during the final days of the Third Reich.
The town hall features as a backdrop in the Alfred Hitchcock film Torn Curtain.

source: en.wikipedia.org

Leipzig Botanical Garden

Leipzig Botanical Garden (3.5 hectares), (German: Leipziger Botanische Gärten, Botanischer Garten der Universität Leipzig), is a botanical garden maintained by the University of Leipzig, and located at Linnéstraße 1, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. It is the oldest botanical garden in Germany and among the oldest in the world, and open daily without charge.
Today the garden contains a total of some 7,000 species, of which nearly 3,000 species comprise ten special collections. The garden contains a systematic department, as well as geographic arrangements of plants from the steppes of Eastern Europe and Asia, forests of the northern hemisphere, prairies, and eastern North America, as well as a marsh and pond with regional flora and an alpine garden containing plants from Asia, Europe, and South America. Its greenhouses (2,400 m² total area) contain plants from subtropical and tropical zones of the Mediterranean region, Africa, Central America, and Australia.

source: en.wikipedia.org

 

St. Thomas Church 

St. Thomas Church (German: Thomaskirche) is a Lutheran church in Leipzig, Germany. It is associated with a number of well-known composers such as Richard Wagner and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, but mostly with Johann Sebastian Bach who worked here as a Kapellmeister (music director) from 1723 until his death in 1750. Today, the church also holds his remains. Martin Luther preached here in 1539.
Although rebuilt over the centuries and damaged by Allied incendiary bombs in 1943, the church today mainly retains the character of a late-Gothic hall church. The Thomanerchor, the choir of the Thomaskirche, likely founded in 1212, remains a well-known boys' choir. 

source: en.wikipedia.org

Leipzig Zoo

Zoo Leipzig stands for a unique concept that includes animal welfare and husbandry, species conservation, education and exciting explorer tours. We are well on the way to becoming a Zoo of the future. Our zoo accommodates about 850 animal species and subspecies and is among the most renowned and most modern zoos in the world. Here you can experience the ape world Pongoland, which is unique of its kind in the world or Europe’s largest individual population of sloth bears. And with Gondwanaland a fascinating tropical experience world that is the size of two football pitches, you can see tropical rain forest right in the middle of Leipzig.

source: zoo-leipzig.de​​

 

Neues Gewandhaus

It has been known for visitors to Leipzig to stand in front of the concert hall on Augustusplatz in some confusion, asking themselves: "That's meant to be the centuries old Leipzig Gewandhaus?" How can Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Arthur Nikisch and Wilhelm Furtwängler have conducted in this "house with a hat", as the former Gewandhauskapellmeister, Václav Neumann, scoffed?
They did not, of course. Two other Gewandhäuser in Leipzig bore witness to the concerts directed by this illustrious trio: Mendelssohn in the Gewandhaus in Universitätsstraße, Nikisch and Furtwängler in the "New Gewandhaus" in Beethovenstraße. The hall on Augustusplatz is, therefore, the third Leipzig Gewandhaus and the second not to have anything to do with the original purpose from which the halls took their name - Gewand being the somewhat antiquated word for garment; a Gewandhaus was the building catering for a city's textile trade.
The first Gewandhaus - a three-winged building located between Gewandgäßchen and Kupfergasse - was both the trading hall and the guildhall of Leipzig's cloth merchants. The name does, however, tell only half the story. The ground floor of the wing bordered by the Universitätsstraße was the civic arsenal (Zeughaus) until 1828, containing the city's armaments and ammunition.

source: gewandhausorchester.de

Belantis Theme Park

BELANTIS theme park, located just 10km south of Leipzig, offers fantastic fun for all the family. Open since 2003, it is the largest theme park in eastern Germany.
BELANTIS theme park in the Leipzig lakes region boasts over 60 attractions in its eight theme worlds, as well as two picturesque lakes. From butterflies in your stomach on the family rollercoaster and splashtastic fun on the water rides to the numerous hands-on activities for budding explorers – you can experience it all at BELANTIS. Fearless guests can look forward to a thrilling wildwater ride through Europe's largest pyramid. One of the world's ten steepest rollercoasters, it climbs 32 metres before dropping into free-fall. BELANTIS is the only theme park in the world where you can get your Segway driving licence. BELANTIS theme park features an impressive programme of shows and entertainment. The popular Halloween spectacular marking the season finale features imaginative decorations that go far beyond the customary jack-o'-lanterns! Whether you are looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush, lots of fun or simply a relaxing day out, BELANTIS has something for everyone. BELANTIS theme park – offering thrills and spills for over ten years.

source: germany.travel

 

Grassi Museum

The Grassi Museum was established in 1895 and moved to its current home in 1929. The building is in fact three excellent museums in one, housing the city's ethnography, applied and decorative arts, and musical instrument collections. The Museum of Musical Instruments is a particular favorite for visitors and includes instruments from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, as well as hands-on sound laboratories and extensive archives. Be sure to take a stroll through the city's impressive train station. Built in 1915, it is the largest railroad terminal in Europe.

source: planetware.com

Mädler Passage

The Mädler Passage offers what few buildings can, by bringing to life so impressively the architectural and historical grandeur of the renowned exhibition hub and trading centre that is Leipzig City. The history of this most significant of arcades was mostly shaped by two forward-thinking Leipzig business men, Dr. Heinrich Stromer von Auerbach and Anton Mädler, who succeeded in making the arcade the world-famous attraction it is today. Both men moulded the building in their own way and in their own era. The Mädler Passage is home to around 40 stores and offices.

source: maedlerpassage.de