Leipzig, in Eastern Germany, is the most populous city in Saxony. It has a history dating back to the Roman period. In more recent times, it played a major role in the reunification of Germany in 1989 which gave it its nickname, the ‘City of Heroes’. There are many buildings with Baroque and Renaissance style architecture. Among these are the New Town Hall, which has the largest tower of any city hall in Germany. There are also modern buildings, including the tallest building overall in Germany, the City-Hockhaus. Staying with the tallest theme, be sure to visit the Monument to the Battle of the Nations, which is the tallest monument in the whole of Europe. Also take a look at the St Peter Church which was built in a Gothic Revival style. Be sure to take in a walking tour of the city of which there are a number to choose from. There are plenty of museums which cater to all tastes which include the Museum of Fine Arts, the German Museum of Books and writing and Egyptian Exhibits museum.
St. Thomas Church
This 13th-century Gothic church saw Johann Sebastian Bach as the cantor between 1723 and 1750. It has been his burial place since 1950 and here you can take a look at his ledger stone and a statue designed to honour him outside the church. The St. Thomas Choir is one of the most well-known choirs in the world and on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can head here to have a listen to them. The concert on Sunday is worth a visit and following this, you can take a tour of the Baroque tower which was completed in 1702. The history of this magnificent church does not stop there, as Richard Wagner was also baptised here while Mozart also plied his skills here as he played the organ here.
Museum der Bildenden Künste
This fine art museum reopened in 2004 and its design is every inch striking as the glass cube in which it is located will certainly capture the imagination. The original building was destroyed during the war but fortunately, the valuable art inside has been stored securely. It contains art from that ranges from medieval times right through to the modern times and here you can see works from German Renaissance masters such as Lucas Cranach the Elder and Frans Hals. When the building was opened in 2004, a huge selection of art was donated including 19th-century French art and works from Monet and Camille Corot.
A reminder of the Battle of Leipzig can be seen in this monument which is a real work of Wilhelmine architecture. In 1813, the battle commenced and this saw Napolean experience his final defeat against a coalition of armies from the likes of Sweden, Austria, Prussia and Russia. This was the largest battle up until the First World War where 600,000 people took part. On the centenary of the battle in 1913, the monument was unveiled and is still one of the tallest war monuments in Europe standing at 91 metres. The concrete frame is adorned with granite and is positioned over two storeys. On the first is a crypt that is adorned with statues that pay tribute to fallen soldiers while the upper storey contains four 9.5 metre statues that depict the ideal German qualities of faith, fertility, bravery and sacrifice.
The market square is a hive of activity and regardless of when you visit, there is every chance something will be going on. During December, the Christmas Markets can be found here with a 20-metre spruce standing proudly in amongst the stalls. There are weekly markets selling produce and an Easter market while the Gothic Festival seen medieval themed stalls and shows such as jousting. Here you will see a real blend of architecture that marries old and new with the west and south depicting times of old with the Old Town Hall and the 16th century Alte Waag building both being prominent sites on the square.
The zoo was opened in 1878 and is still going strong today, making it one of the oldest in Germany as well as one of the most modern. There are many new habitat concepts available to see here such as the Gondwanaland biome, which is a 16,500-metre indoor environment that has a constant temperature and humidity that supports tropical life and animals such as squirrels, monkeys, Komodo dragons, fish and turtles. Pongoland is another indoor hall which opened in 2001 and is home to gorillas, chimps, bonobos and orangutans.
Located in the suburb of Connewitz, this old, disused gasometer has been turned into a panorama, designed by Yadegar Asisi, an Austrian artist. It stands at 50 metres tall and has a diameter of 57 metres. The gasometer is over 100 years old and has been displaying panoramas since 2003 and every two or three years they are updated. The images stand at 30 metres tall and have a circumference of 105 metres and the theme constantly changes with panoramas relating to the Titanic, the Battle of Leipzig, Ancient Rome and Mount Everest all being displayed here.
Map of Leipzig
Events In Leipzig
You will find a variety events throughout the year, ranging from rock festivals to book fairs. Like in most German City’s Oktoberfest is always a good time of year to take in the atmosphere, and the Christmas markets allow you to get into the festive spirit.
Pictures of Leipzig
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