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Hardly any other European city can boast such a rich musical heritage as Leipzig. As the birthplace of Richard Wagner and the place where Bach, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the Schumanns and Mahler worked, Leipzig is a must for music lovers. The musical journey also informs you about the cultural centres, the Gewandhaus and the Opera. The St. Thomas Choir and the Gewandhaus Orchestra continues the magnificent musical tradition. Walking tour around the old town includes a visit to the St Thomas‘s church.

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The museum is located in a building which dates back to the early 18 th  century when it belonged to an intimate friend of Johann Sebastian Bach. It lies opposite to the St. Thomas Church where Bach was cantor.  The museum presents the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family in an interactive multimedia exhibition covering an area of 750 square metres. The musical journey also informs you about the cultural centres, the Gewandhaus and the Opera. The St. Thomas Choir and the Gewandhaus Orchestra continue the magnificent musical tradition.

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A guided tour by bicycle is perfect for those wishing to combine sightseeing with a little exercise. The tour takes you to the Leipzig Trade Fair Centre, the German Library, the exquisite Gohlis Palace, Schiller's House and around the Waldstrassenviertel, a 19th century residential area where nearly all the houses are listed buildings. This suburb is flanked by one of the largest city parks, the Rosental. We shall also visit the former Supreme Court, Monument to the Battle of Nations and the Russian Church. We look forward to showing you Leipzig's famous sights as well as many of its hidden treasures. Explore and enjoy!

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The museum is located in a building which dates back to the early 18 th  century when it belonged to an intimate friend of Johann Sebastian Bach. It lies opposite to the St. Thomas Church where Bach was cantor.  The museum presents the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family in an interactive multimedia exhibition covering an area of 750 square metres. One of the highlights is the treasure room, where original Bach manuscripts and other precious items are on display. The showpieces include the console of an organ inspected and approved by Bach himself in 1743 from the erstwhile St John's Church, a casket containing relics from Bach’s tomb, and a recently discovered cash box once owned by the Bach family. Furthermore, the pleasance, the audio room and the Gloria Café and a gift shop are all great places to relax after a busy time in the museum.

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy left many traces in Leipzig: He was the youngest director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra ever, he founded the first conservatory in Germany and on his initiative the world´s first monument for Johann Sebastian Bach was constructed. You can visit his last and only preserved flat where he lived with his family and then died much too early in 1847. The elegant home was restored to the original state with authentic furniture and watercolour paintings of Felix Mendelssohn himself. Autographs, documents and private belongings are exhibited.

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The impressive building from the late 19 th  century is today still the most beautiful court-house in Germany.  1933 it came into the spotlight of world history when the Nazis failed to misuse the High Court in a trial against political opponents.  A particular highlight is the representative, still historic “Main Courtroom” with windows of stained glass and gilt decorations. Moreover, the Court has its own historic ballroom with fantastic frescos and paintings and a dining room with a superb artful wooden ceiling. Today the building is the home of the” Federal Administrative Court”, one of the highest courts in Germany.

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Leipzig has always occupied an important position on the map: either because of its big and old fairs and markets, or because it was the cradle of great composers like Bach, Mendelsohn, Schumann, Wagner or Grieg, who spent several years living and working in this city, or even because it was the scene of one of the most important Napoleonic battles, the Battle of the Nations. Not to mention that great scholars such as Goethe, Leibnitz and Nietzsche studied at the University of Leipzig, Germany's second oldest university. But there is no need to look back on past centuries when, in our more recent history, Leipzig also occupies a crucial place.

If you want to discover how the fastest growing city in Germany is today, don't hesitate, join our tours! In addition to our classic City Tour, you can explore all aspects of this beautiful East-German city with our special tours: Music Tour, Jewish Tour, Napoleon Tour and GDR Tour. And don't miss our Alternative Tour, a walk through the most rebellious and artistic side of the city!

Free Walking Tour Leipzig is a local company founded in 2017 by Matej Eber. After three years of intense work, we are happy to be the best rated tour in Leipzig, ranked #1 on TripAdvisor and Traveler’s Choice of 2020. Today we are a group of 7 professional tour guides: Matej, Juan, Florian, Svetlana, Krischan, Johannes and Anne.

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Whether on foot or by coach: For guided walking and sightseeing tours, we have a strong partner: Leipzig Erleben GmbH.

Their extensive offer of tours and guides meets all our Leipzig guests wish for. All guides employed by Leipzig Erleben have been certified by the Leipzig Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

From March on there is a daily city tour in both German and English beginning at the Tourist Information which guarantees a great overview of the city and its history.

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This free walking tour is the best way to get to know Leipzig , one of the most important cities in the German state of Saxony. Immerse yourself in its incredible history, music and culture .

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Meet your guide in Augustusplatz, the largest square in Leipzig, ready to begin your guided walking tour of the historic German city. You won't have far to go before you reach your first stop: the world-renowned  Oper Leipzig . It is the third oldest Opera House in Europe and is just one example of the great musical tradition entwined in the city, which has seen the likes of Bach and Wagner working here. Continuing along the music theme, you'll arrive at the  Gewandhaus , an important concert hall which, along with the orchestra of the same name, is a  symbol of the city .

You'll next reach the  Leipzig University , the  second oldest university in Germany , having opened its doors in 1409, before continuing on to see the  New Town Hall  and the  Federal Administrative Court House , one of the country's five high courts which has the appearance of a royal palace more than a judicial building.

The  St. Thomas Church , or  Thomaskirche  in German, will be the next stop on your tour. The 12th century Gothic church is not only popular with tourists for its historic architecture, but also as the place where  Bach worked as a music director  over 260 years ago. At the entrance to the church, a statue has been erected in honour of the legendary composer-musician, whose remains are buried here underneath a simple bronze plaque.

After learning more about the life of this great musical figure, you'll head back on your route to  Auerbachs Keller, one of Europe's oldest taverns , worth a visit for its spectacular architecture!

Lose yourself in the streets of Leipzig yet again in the direction of  Markt , the historic market place. Admire the Renaissance-style buildings surrounding it, including the  Old Town Hall . Finally, you'll visit the  statue of Goethe  and the imposing  St. Nicholas Church , one of the oldest in the city, before your free walking tour comes to an end.

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