St. Thomas — Peaceful Revolution 1989 — St. Nicolai — University
Our city tour guides you through the historical town centre of Leipzig, taking in all its sightseeing highlights. During the guided tour, you will learn a lot about the history of the city and how this history continues to shape life in the city today in the form of surviving historical buildings.
Our approximately two-hour tour of the city will provide you with an insightful introduction to four themes that have had the greatest influence on the city and its residents over the centuries. For example, we will see how Leipzig grew to become Europe’s biggest trade-fair city, with its exhibition buildings and merchant houses. We will also consider the significance of the book trade and the emergence of some of the world’s most important publishing houses.
What would Leipzig be without music? Composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Wagner and Schumann left their mark here. Indeed, they helped make Leipzig an important centre for classical music in Europe. You will learn about their lives and work when we visit the various sites of the Gewandhaus concert hall. The Gewandhaus is a symbol of Leipzig’s long-standing music tradition.
Leipzig has always been shaped by its proud, self-confident citizens. In this context, it is no surprise that the 1989 Peaceful Revolution and the end of the GDR regime both begun in Leipzig, a city that can boast centuries of tradition as a trading centre and university city. Leipzig has long been a cosmopolitan place where art and culture play an important role in people’s lives.
On our city tour, you will be swept along by the fascinating story of an exciting city that is changing before our very eyes. See for yourself how the residents of Leipzig draw upon their long history and are continuing to write new chapters in this history.
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