The venues of the 2019 Leipzig Bach Festival

 

Leipzig Bach Festival 2019 takes place at 42 different venues in and around Leipzig. Here you can find information about all of them.

Burgk, Schloss

 

Schloss Burgk castle, picturesquely situated at the river Saale near the Bleiloch dam, was first mentioned in records in 1356; the castle as we see it today probably dates back to 1600. Once used as fortification and later as residence of the noble family of Reuss, it served only as hunting and summer residence from the end of the 17th century on. During the rule of Heinrich III (Henry III of Reuss) in the 18th century, the arts flourished at Schloss Burgk castle. The park, for example, with the Sophienhaus pavilion and the Silbermann organ at the castle chapel go back to this time. Originally, the chapel stood next to the great hall as an individual building and was included into the castle structure only in the 17th century. The early Baroque components were added to the late Gothic chapel around 1624/25. In 1742/43, Gottfried Silbermann installed a small organ on the gallery (the back wall to the small hall had to be pulled down for this purpose and was restored later). Since 1939, the organ builder company Eule is taking care of instrument maintenance. The chapel hosts services, church weddings and organ recitals with renowned artists.

 

Address
Ortsstraße 17
07907 Burgk / Saale
www.schloss-burgk.de

Freiberg, Dom St. Marien

 

Address
Schlossplatz 4
06366 Köthen
www.bachstadt-koethen.de
www.koethen-anhalt.de

Köthen, Schloss

 

Address
Schlossplatz 4
06366 Köthen
www.bachstadt-koethen.de
www.koethen-anhalt.de

 

Leipzig, Alte Börse

© Bach-Archiv Leipzig/Brigitte Braun

 

The Old Stock Exchange (Alte Börse) on Naschmarkt is Leipzig’s oldest baroque building. It was constructed by Leipzig merchants in 1678 and was used as a prestigious place of assembly for 200 years. Transactions were concluded, auctions were held and bills of exchange were traded here. One striking feature is its symmetrical design. The centrepiece of its splendidly decorated façade is the coat of arms of the City of Leipzig.

During World War II, the Old Stock Exchange was damaged and lost its stucco ceiling. After the war it was rebuilt. Today the Old Stock Exchange is used for concerts, readings, theatre performances, lectures and conferences as well as private and public functions.

 

Address
Naschmarkt
04109 Leipzig
www.stadtgeschichtliches-museum-leipzig.de


not wheelchair accessible

 

Public transport
City train 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5X (station Markt), Tram 4, 7, 15, 16 (station Augustusplatz), 3, 9 (station Thomaskirche), Bus 89 (station Markt)

Leipzig, Bach-Museum mit Sommersaal

© Bach-Archiv Leipzig/Martin Klindtworth

 

The Bose House in St. Thomas Square, Leipzig, used to be the residence of the Bose family, affluent merchants and close friends of the Bachs. Today the building houses the Bach Museum Leipzig. In its twelve thematically structured exhibition rooms the museum gives a detailed account (both in German and English) of the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The permanent exhibition conveys a vivid impression of his music, provides insights into the methods and various fields of Bach research, and displays original Bach manuscripts and other precious items. Interactive features play a significant role: visitors may become actively involved in many facets of the exhibition.

Among the most interesting exhibits is an organ console at which Bach himself played in the year 1743, a double bass that was part of his orchestra, and an iron chest – the only surviving piece of furniture from Bach’s household. A special highlight of the museum is the treasure chamber, in which original Bach manuscripts are on display.

Special exhibitions, concerts, and a great variety of pedagogical activities complement the museum’s program. A little pleasure garden, the baroque courtyard, and a museum shop invite visitors to relax and explore.

 

Address
Thomaskirchhof 16
04109 Leipzig
www.bachmuseumleipzig.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Bus 89, tram 9 (stationThomaskirche)

Leipzig, Bundesverwaltungsgericht

 

In 2002, the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) moved into the building of what was formerly the supreme court of the German Reich at the Simsonplatz. Its construction lasted from 1888 to 1895 and evokes Italian late Renaissance as well as French Baroque styles. It resembles the Berlin Reichstag building which originated in the same period. With regard to both form and function, the interior models itself on its initially intended function as a supreme court. The sculptures and lavish murals found in this building reflect issues such as criminal investigation, judgment, execution and mercy. The interior of the Grand Courtroom is decorated in a particularly magnificent style with allegories and the courts of arms of all of the federal states of that time emblazoned across its walls. Accommodating the supreme court of the German Reich, the building served its initial purpose from 1895 to 1945.

It was heavily damaged during Second World War before it was rehabilitated and became the new home of the Museum of Fine arts (Museum der bildenden Künste) in 1952. It underwent a major rehabilitation from 1998 to 2001.

 

Address
Simsonplatz 1
04107 Leipzig
www.bverwg.de

 

wheelchair accessible

 

Public transport

Tram 9 (station Neues Rathaus), 10 und 11 (station Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz), bus 89 (station Neues Rathaus)

Leipzig, Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche

 

The Evangelical-reformed Church (Evangelisch-reformierte Kirche) was built in 1896–1899 to the plans of the Leipzig master builder Georg Weidenbach and his associate Richard Tschammer. It was the first historicist religious building in Leipzig to be influenced by the architecture of the Renaissance. On 4 December 1943, it was badly damaged by incendiary bombs. Reconstruction began immediately to a simplified interior design, corresponding to the basic Weidenbach type. With the communion table, pulpit and organ, with which the seating is aligned, arranged one above the other, the interior complies with requirements laid down by the so-called Wiesbaden Programme of 1891 for the design of Evangelical churches. The church obtained a Jehmlich organ in 1968. The last interior and exterior renovations were carried out in 1992–1996, with the result that the church now re-exerts its old influence from its dominant position on the northern city ring.

 

Address
Tröndlinring 7
04105 Leipzig
www.reformiert-leipzig.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 1, 3, 4, 7, 12, 13, 15 (station Goerdelerring)

Leipzig, forum thomanum

 


Addresses
Hillerstraße 7, 8
Sebastian-Bach-Straße 3
Ferdinand-Lassalle-Straße 25
04109 Leipzig
www.forum-thomanum.de


with help accessible for wheelchair users


Public transport
Tram 1, 14 (station Marschnerstraße)

Leipzig, Gewandhaus

 

The Gewandhaus Orchestra owes its name to the place where it first performed, the hall opened in 1781 above the cloth store of the building of the clothmakers’ guild (Gewandhaus) in the historic Neumarkt. Just over a century later, on 11 December 1884, the New Gewandhaus, designed by the architects Martin Gropius and Heinrich Schmieden was officially opened in the »music quarter« of the city, opposite the University Library, earning praise for its outstanding acoustic qualities and the visual appeal of its inspired architecture. On 20 February 1944, it was badly damaged in an air raid and never rebuilt; the burned-out, shored up ruins were eventually demolished in 1968. For 35 years, the Conference Hall at the Zoo served as the base for the Gewandhaus Orchestra until, on 8 October 1981, the (second) New Gewandhaus was inaugurated on Karl-Marx-Platz (now renamed Augustusplatz) after a construction period of four years. In addition to the large hall with seating for almost 2000, the building has a smaller hall seating around 500 which, following renovations at the end of 1997, was named the Mendelssohn Hall.

 

Address
Augustusplatz 8
04109 Leipzig
www.gewandhaus.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 4, 7, 15, 16 (station Augustusplatz)

Leipzig, GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst

 

The Grassimuseum is situated close to the city centre of Leipzig at the Johannisplatz (John’s Square). The museum was named after a wealthy Leipzig merchant whose inheritance made the construction of several buildings in Leipzig possible. The museum complex is not only home to the Museum für Völkerkunde (Museum of Ethnography) and the Museum für Musikinstrumente (Museum for musical instruments) but also to the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts). At the end of 2007, after extensive renovations, it reopened its doors with the first of altogether three new permanent exhibitions. Entitled »From Antiquity to Historicism«, this first exhibition, which covers 30 rooms, features the oldest holdings of the collection and takes visitors on a journey through 2,500 years of art history. At the end of January 2010, also the second exhibition, entitled »Asian Art. Impulses for Europe«, opened its doors; the third, »From Art Nouveau to the Present Day«, opened in March, 2012. Other attractions of the museum include changing special exhibitions and the GRASSI FAIR hosted every year on the last weekend of October.

Address
Johannisplatz 5–11
04103 Leipzig
www.grassimuseum.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 4, 7, 12, 15 (station Johannisplatz/Grassimuseum)

Leipzig, GRASSI Museum für Musikinstrumente

 

The Grassimuseum is situated close to the city centre Leipzig at the John’s square (Johannisplatz). It was named after a wealthy Leipziger merchant whose inheritance made the construction of several buildings in Leipzig possible. The museum complex is not only home to the Museum of Applied Arts and the Museum of Ethnography but also to one of the largest collections of musical instruments in the world. The history of this collection traces back to the work of the Dutchman Paul de Wit (1852–1925) who lived in Leipzig. He opened in 1886 a museum at the Thomaskirchhof 16, today home to the Bach Museum, where he exhibited historical musical instruments and also played them from time to time. In 1905 the collection was sold to paper maker Wilhelm Heyer from Cologne. After his death the collection became with the help of a great donation by music publisher Henri Hinrichsen part of the possession of the Leipzig University and was brought to the north wing of the then newly built GRASSI Museum where the exhibition was ceremoniously opened on May 30th in 1929.

The Second World War caused severe damages to the collection and a considerable number of exhibits as well as the archive and the library became victims of a fire after a bomb raid in December 1943. The evacuated holdings were only partly brought back in good condition as theft and improper storage caused further losses. In the beginning of the 1950s the museum could be reconstructed and step by step be open again for the public. With specifically buying and several donations the museum’s holding was enlarged in the meantime and is today one of the largest in Germany. After a fundamental restoration the museum was reopened in 2006 and is shining now in new splendour. The museum’s »Zimelien Hall« is a room that fits perfectly for chamber concerts and lectures.

Address
Johannisplatz 5–11
04103 Leipzig
www.grassimuseum.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 4, 7, 12, 15 (station Johannisplatz/Grassimuseum)

Leipzig, Haus Leipzig

Address
Elsterstraße 22-24
04109 Leipzig
www.hausleipzig.com

Leipzig, Kath. Propsteikirche St. Trinitatis

© Bonifatiuswerk

Following the Reformation, no new Catholic church was built in Leipzig until 1847. However, the church of St. Trinitatis, situated to the west of Pleissenburg castle (today the site of New City Hall), was severely damaged by bombing raids in 1943-44, and in 1954 its ruins were demolished to make way for a new church. The city council kept delaying the decision to rebuild, however, and the second priory church, built on Emil-Fuchs-Strasse bordering Rosental park, was not consecrated until 1982. After just 20 years, damp and building defects caused damage that would have cost more to repair than a new building.
To the south of New City Hall – within view of the site of the original St. Trinitatis – the first foundation stone was finally laid for the new, third, Priory Church of St. Trinitatis on April 27, 2013, and the church was consecrated on May 9, 2015. The design chosen was that of Leipzig architects Schulz & Schulz, first and foremost because of its sustainable approach: the electricity for the church is supplied by photovoltaic panels, and the tower holds a tank to collect rainwater which is treated and used for building maintenance and operation purposes.
This largest church construction project in eastern Germany post 1990 was made possible by numerous donations from private sponsors in Germany and abroad, from numerous companies, from the Bonifatiuswerk church aid organization – and even from the Evangelical Church: St. Thomas’s Church, for example, donated several collections, sending out strong signals in favour of ecumenism in Leipzig.

Address
Nonnenmühlgasse 2
04107 Leipzig


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
S-Bahn-Linien 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5X (station Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz), tram 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 (statiom Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz)

Leipzig, Kongresshalle

© Leipziger Messe

 

Since its opening in 1900, the splendid building, which dates back to the Gründerzeit period in the second half of the 19th century (sometimes called the period of Promoterism) has known a chequered history. The façade, restored to its original design, is now a tangible reminder of the time when the exclusive »Assembly House and Social Centre next to the Zoo« was first founded. It is a building that has played an important role in the cultural life of the City of Leipzig from the very beginning. At that time, buildings were constructed in the grand manner – to which the high vaulted ceiling of the Großer Saal still bears witness even today.
Ever since it was built, the Kongresshalle has been the subject of continual restructuring and extension – some of it radical. For much of the time, it was the art nouveau and Art Deco features that dominated the building’s image: the ceiling in the foyer, for instance, was considered as one of the most important examples of art deco in Leipzig. In 1946 the building, which had survived the war with little damage, was modified and became the »Kongreßhalle Leipzig«. The Großer Saal, too, underwent the numerous changes that were required by the various uses to which it was put. Right up until the late 1980s, the venue was the cultural heart of the city as the Gewandhaus Orchestra played here before the new concert hall – the only new one built during the GDR – was opened in 1981.
Thereafter, because of a lack of funds, it fell into significant disrepair. In 2009, the City of Leipzig took the decision to reinvent the building as a modern congress centre. The extensive building works were completed in 2016. Since then, the Kongresshalle is being used as a venue for meetings, congresses and events.

 

Address
Pfaffendorfer Straße 31
04105 Leipzig
www.kongresshalle.de

wheelchair accessible

 

Public transport:
Tram 12 (station Zoo)

Leipzig, Kupfersaal

Address
Kupfergasse 2
04109 Leipzig
www.kupfersaal.de
 

wheelchair accessible
 

Public transport
Tram 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 (station Augustusplatz) and Tram 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 (station Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz)

Leipzig, LukullusT

© LukullusT

 

Since 2005, culinary school LukullusT follows its vision – to get its guest to the stove. Nearly any means is used: fresh and high-quality ingredients, regional products and international specialities, passion and attention to detail. Guest experience all this in cooking classes, family parties and events. The culinary journey starts here – in a place where pleasure in food is valued more than nearly anywhere else in Leipzig. Enjoyment and delightful conversations are included as well.

 

Address
Harkortstraße 3
04107 Leipzig
www.lukullust.de


wheelchair accessible
 

Public transport
Tram 8, 9 (station Neues Rathaus)

Leipzig, Lutherkirche

 

The Luther Church (Lutherkirche) was built in the territory of the Johannapark in neo-Gothic style between 1883 and 1886; its tower has a height of 58 meters. When Julius Zeißig designed the building, he was only 28 years of age. The church survived Second World War bombardments without damages. The organ was completed in 1886 as well by the Borna organ builder Richard Kreutzbach, yet it was damaged just two years later by fire. It underwent a restoration in Saalfeld before it was newly dedicated in August 2000. In 2002, the parish of the Lutherkirche was merged with the Thomaskirche parish which, on its turn, represented a merger of the former two parishes of St. Thomas and St. Matthäi; today, the Lutherkirche is used only casually for church services. It became integrated into the concept of the »forum thomanum« as a place of worship, school auditorium, concert hall, theatre and recording studio.

 

Address
Ferdinand-Lassalle-Str. 25
04105 Leipzig
www.forum-thomanum.de


with help accessible for wheelchair users


Public transport
Tram 1, 8, 14 (station Westplatz)

Leipzig, Markt

© Bach-Archiv Leipzig/Gert Mothes

 

The Leipzig market square (Markt Leipzig) is located in the city centre. The city coat of arms is embedded into the mosaic pavement at the centre of the 10.000m² square. The eastern length is framed by the arcades of the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall, 1556), the oldest still existing building on the square. Some of the historic buildings on the north side were rebuilt after World War II, for example the Alte Waage (Old Weigh House). The southern length is framed by historic buildings such as Königshaus (Kings’ House) as well as new and altered buildings, which imitate historic silhouettes.Early on, the market square was the centre of public life, a great share of the goods handled during the fairs were traded here. Before 1500, the market square was also the scene for knights festivals while at the same time being the place of public executions and political demonstrations.Nowadays, city festivals, markets, and fairs take place on the market square, also of course the Leipziger Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas fair), one of the most traditional of its kind in Germany.

Address
Markt
04109 Leipzig


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
S-Bahnlinien 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5X (station Markt), Tram 4, 7, 15, 16 (station Augustusplatz), 3, 9 (station Thomaskirche), Bus 89 (station Markt)

Leipzig, Mendelssohn-Haus

 

The Mendelssohn-Haus (Mendelssohn House) in Leipzig has been preserved as the last and sole private residence of the composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. It is of great historical and cultural importance. Built in 1844, in the style of Late Classicism, the house is an important witness of its time and it preserves much of the original building and information about its most prominent inhabitant who lived with his family on the 1st floor from 1845 on and died here on November 4 in 1847. Today, Mendelssohn’s flat is a museum in honour of this brilliant German composer, virtuoso and conductor who was also a very good painter and active in the field of cultural and educational policy. The visitor can experience this flat as an authentic place where many progressive ideas for the European musical life and the world of thought came from.

 

Address
Goldschmidtstraße 12
04103 Leipzig
www.mendelssohn-stiftung.de

 

wheelchair accessible

 

Public transport
Tram 4, 7, 15, 16 (station Augustusplatz)

Leipzig, Michaeliskirche

 

The Michaeliskirche (St. Michael’s Church), along with Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church) and Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), forms part of the main north-south axis running through the city centre. The church with its marble alter is therefore not set up to face east, like usual, but instead faces north. It was built between 1901 and 1904 as a successful synthesis of Art Nouveau and German Renaissance elements, the monumental facade with its 72-meter high steeple bearing witness to the prosperity and self-confidence of Leipzig’s bourgeoisie at the turn of the century. The interior is marked by noteworthy wood carvings on the galleries, pews and pulpit, colourful choir windows, and the original, three-manual Sauer organ with 46 stops and an ornately carved Art Nouveau front.

Address
Nordplatz 14
04155 Leipzig
www.michaelis-friedens.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 12 (station Nordplatz)

Leipzig, Musikschule »Johann Sebastian Bach«

 

The »Johann Sebastian Bach« School of Music is the second-largest music school in Germany after Hamburg. Offering a large choice of courses in dance and music – on nearly every instrument and in every musical style – it fosters individual musical, dance, artistic and creative skills in children, teenagers and adults. The forerunner of today’s music school was the Volksmusikschule (»People’s Music School«), founded in 1951, and in 1960, with the addition of dance and art, renamed Volkskunsthochschule (»People’s Art University«). In 1985, it was named after Johann Sebastian Bach and since then has maintained an internationally successful youth symphony orchestra. Later, a big band and a brass band were created there. The music school is a public institution run by the City of Leipzig and has partnerships with educational establishments and cultural institutions such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

 

Address
Petersstraße 43
04109 Leipzig
www.musikschule-leipzig.de


wheelchair accessible
 

Public transport

Tram 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 (station Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz)

Leipzig, Neues Rathaus

Address
Martin-Luther-Ring 4–6
04109 Leipzig
www.leipzig.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 2, 8, 9, bus 89 (station Neues Rathaus)

Leipzig, Nikolaikirche

Foto: LTM/Andreas Schmidt

 

One of the oldest churches in Leipzig, the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas’ Church) has always been closely connected with the city’s history and the lives of its inhabitants. It may be this special connection which the citizens feel they have with their city and parish church that has engendered the persistent changes the church’s exterior and interior went through. Whatever shape St. Nicholas’ Church took as it was developing from the original Romanesque basilica with its massive twin tower assembly to a Gothic hall church which became extended by another tower before it underwent a classicistic re-design of the interior: the church has always reflected the self-understanding of the citizens.

When it comes to musical activities, St. Nicholas’ Church has always been affiliated to its neighbouring church St. Thomas’ Church (Thomaskirche) from time immemorial. While St. Nicholas’ Church is regarded as Leipzig’s main parish church, it never employed an own choirmaster and organist. Instead, it was the choirmaster of the Thomasschule – and, during his Leipzig period between 1723 and 1750, Johann Sebastian Bach, too – who was responsible for the church music performed in the two main churches St. Nicholas und St. Thomas, as well as in the New St. Matthew’s Church (Neue Kirche St. Matthäi) and St. Peter’s Church (Peterskirche).

 

Please find a seating plan here.

 

There are many columns in St. Nicholas’s Church.

 

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Address
Nikolaikirchhof
04109 Leipzig
www.nikolaikirche.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
5 bis 10 Min. zu Fuß vom Hauptbahnhof

Leipzig, Opera

 

The city’s history of opera is one of the oldest in Europe. The first opera run in Leipzig – and, after Venedig and Hamburg, the third public opera house existing worldwide – was established in 1693. Throughout the three centuries that followed, this opera saw a large number of first performances and premières closely connected with the work of famous composers and conductors. Leipzig’s first building fitting the needs of an opera was erected in 1766; after its reconstruction in 1817, it became the city’s first dedicated theatre. Since 1840, the Gewandhaus Orchestra has played all performances given in the opera, ensuring to this day a level of musical performance that is second to none. The Neues Theater (new theatre) opened on the Augustusplatz in 1868. Its focus is on the regular performance of the works of Richard Wagner. Famous conductors until 1890 were Artur Seidl, Arthur Nikisch and Gustav Mahler. This bulding was destroyed during the war in 1943. In 1960 the Neue Leipziger Opernhaus on the Augustusplatz was opened – the only new opera building in the GDR.

 

 

Address
Augustusplatz 12
04109 Leipzig
www.oper-leipzig.de

wheelchair accessible

Public transport
tram 4, 7, 15, 16 (stop Augustusplatz)

Leipzig, Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche

© Lumu

 

In what today is Connewitz’s busy centre there has stood, for nearly 500 hundred years, a stone column with an image of Christ on the side facing the city of Leipzig. The »Connewitz Cross« was once located just a stone’s throw from the old village of Connewitz and only gradually »shifted« to the centre of the hamlet as it spread northwards. In immediate proximity to it is Paul Gerhardt Church. Designed by architect Julius Zeissig, its architecture is based on German Renaissance forms. The groundbreaking took place on April 4, 1898, and two years later, on April 1, 1900, it was consecrated.

Standing on an artificially elevated plot, the church is oriented East-West. The defining characteristic of the exterior of this hall church is the charming contrast between the architectural elements in reddish Rochlitz porphyr and the light-coloured, painted walls. The 60m-high tower stands at the eastern end, with the main portal in a narrow porch.

 

Address
Selneckerstraße 5
04277 Leipzig
www.connewitz-loessnig.de

 

with help accessible for wheelchair users
 

Public transport
Tram 9, 10, 11 (station Connewitzer Kreuz)

Leipzig, Paulinum – Aula and University Church St. Paul’s

© LTM

 

The Paulinerkirche was a church on the Augustusplatz in Leipzig, named after the »Pauliner«, its original Dominican friars. It was built in 1231 as the Klosterkirche St. Pauli for the Dominican monastery in Leipzig. From the foundation of the University of Leipzig in 1409, it served as the university church. After the Protestant Reformation it was donated to the university and was inaugurated in 1545 by Martin Luther as the Universitätskirche St. Pauli (University Church of St Paul), later also called Unikirche. Johann Sebastian Bach was director of music for »festal« (holiday) services in 1723−25.
The church survived the war practically unscathed but was dynamited in 1968 during the communist regime of East Germany. After the reunification of Germany, it was decided to build a new university church on the site in the shape of the former church. A new building, the Paulinum (formally: »Aula und Universitätskirche St. Pauli«, i. e. »Assembly Hall and University Church St. Paul«), was built on the site according to plans by architekt Erik van Egeraat.

 

Address
Augustusplatz 10
04109 Leipzig
www.campus-augustusplatz.de/paulinum

wheelchair accessible

 

Public transport
Tram 4, 7, 15, 16 (station Augustusplatz)

Leipzig, Peterskirche

The Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church), built 1882–1885, represents an outstanding neo-Gothic structure in Saxony, and one of the most excellent symbols of the historicism found throughout the German-speaking area. In terms of enclosed space, it is Leipzig’s biggest church with the tallest tower found in the city (88 meters) that dominates the skyline of the southern suburb of Leipzig. A hall church, the Peterskirche follows German tradition, but it also refers to the Gothic style typical in French cathedrals. Its exterior and interior design, structural completion and the role it plays within the urbanistic picture turn it intoit a complex artwork of outstanding importance.

Address
Schletterstraße 5
04107 Leipzig
www.peterskirche-leipzig.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 10, 11 (station Hohe Straße)

Leipzig, PROMENADEN Hauptbahnhof (main station)

 

After the German Reunification, the Deutsche Bahn AG (German national railway company) resolved to maintain the striking façade of the Leipzig main station, the largest terminal train station in Europe, and to renovate the building so that it would serve as a point of public interest even beyond the city bounds. A group of private investors from the Deutsche Bank AG and the ECE Group refurbished it, following standards for the renovation of historical buildings while adding some modern elements. Since then, the imposing 300 meter-wide entrance hall has shone in renewed brilliance. The basement and ground levels of the entrance hall, as well as the 250 meter platform were made into a shopping and service center on three floors with direct access to the Leipzig pedestrian Nikolaistrasse area. In only two years, 1.6 million cubic meters of space have been renovated, at a total cost of 250 million Euros.

The Promenades have received numerous national and international awards for representing an exemplary pilot project for the revitalization of historic main stations. Following the renovation of the Promenades, which were first opened in 1997, the shopping quarter in the Leipzig city center was expanded by 30,000 square meters housing nearly 140 businesses. Each day, the Promenades are used by between 80,000 and 150,000 people from all over Germany.

Address
Willy-Brandt-Platz
04109 Leipzig
www.promenaden-hauptbahnhof-leipzig.de


wheelchair accessible

Leipzig, Salles de Pologne

The Hôtel de Pologne is located in the heart of Leipzig's city center. Into the 19th century, three buildings stood on the spot, including the hotels »Zum Goldenen Adler« (»The Golden Eagle«) and »Zum Birnbaum« (»The Pear Tree«), where Martin Luther stayed in 1519. In 1819, C. A. Pausch purchased all of the buildings. To commemorate a visit by the king of Poland Stanisław I. Leszcyński, Pausch named his new property »Hôtel de Pologne«. In 1846, the buildings were destroyed in a fire. One year later, the construction of the new building began which would become the  largest hotel in Leipzig at the time, with 130 rooms on five floors, a courtyard, and an impressive outdoor marble staircase, started . In 1892 and 1893, the famous Leipzig architect Arwed Roßbach was commissioned to carve an elaborate Florentine Renaissance style relief for the façade. The hotel was used both as a place in which to spent the night and as a location for festivities and balls, which were held in the large (250 square meters), festive Baroque Revival ballroom. This room was completed in 1893 following a design by Ludwig Heim, and had space for 1,500 guests. During World War One, the building was converted into a hospital, and in 1917 all hotel business was abandoned. Only the ballroom remained open to the public, where festivities and culinary events were still hosted. In the years that followed, during the Weimar Republic, the building was used as a convention center, and from the early 1950s until after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it housed the offices of the Leipzig department of conventions and fairs, which converted the ballroom into a blue-tiled industrial kitchen. In 2008, the Leipzig development company Stadtbau A.G. carried out an exhaustive historic renovation and restoration of the building in order to recreate the its interior and exterior as they had been in 1893. Since 2010, the Grand Ballroom, the Green Room, and the Lodge Hall, as well as two foyers and other smaller rooms have been available for use as event space.

Address
Hainstraße 16/18
04109 Leipzig


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 1, 3, 4, 7, 12, 13, 15 (station Goerdelerring)

Leipzig, Schaubühne Lindenfels

© Schaubühne Lindenfels

 

The restaurant and »society hall« (Gesellschaftshalle) as it was known, was built between 1874 and 1876. Plain on the outside, the building concealed a magnificent ballroom with a gallery running all the way round, supported by decorated pillars, and an orchestra shell. The building was extended around the turn of the century and decorated with a Wilhelminian, art nouveau-inspired façade with a terrace and staircase. Films were shown here regularly from 1913. The cinema on Karl Heine Street became a state-owned operation in 1949 and was named »Lichtspieltheater Lindenfels«. It was renovated in 1956 and remained in operation until the boiler broke down in the winter of 1987. After that, the heating system was shut down and the cinema closed.
Since 1994, Schaubühne Lindenfels has been a Leipzig production and performance venue with an interdisciplinary concept. Its programme features primarily theatre, dance, performance and film, but also music, literature, the new media and the visual arts. Besides its own productions, co-productions with local artists and visiting productions by international theatre companies, the theatre also carries out public art projects and is a focal point for the development of Leipzig West as a culturally active district.

Address
Karl-Heine-Str. 50
04229 Leipzig
www.schaubuehne.com


not wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 14 (station Merseburger Str.)

Leipzig, Schumann-Haus

 

The Schumann-Haus (Schumann House) is located in a wonderful, classicistic building. Robert and Clara Schumann moved into one of its apartments after their wedding in September 1840. Today, the bel étage, where the famous couple lived during the first four years of their marriage, accommodates a museum. The other rooms of the building are used by the Clara Schumann school, a private elementary school.In the house in Leipzig’s Inselstraße, Robert Schumann composed the »Spring Symphony«, which established his fame as a world-renowned composer. He also wrote numerous articles for »Neue Zeitschrift für Musik«, a music journal he had founded in 1834. Sharing a life with her husband, Clara Schumann, who had already made a name for herself as a pianist performing under her maiden name Clara Wieck, was inspired to develop new thematic interests and perfect her art. Also during this period, the couple’s two daughters, Marie and Elise, were born in the Inselstraße house.The Schumann-Saal, where today numerous concerts are held, is restored to its original beauty. Here the Schumanns welcomed many famous composers and intellectuals of their time, among them Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelsohn Bartholdy, Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, and Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish fairytale writer.

Address
Inselstraße 18
04103 Leipzig
www.schumann-verein.de


not wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 4, 7, 12, 15 (station Johannisplatz) and Tram 1, 8, 13 (station Hofmeisterstraße)

Leipzig, Stadtbad

Address
Eutritzscher Str. 21
04105 Leipzig
www.herz-leipzig.de


wheelchair accessible
 

Public transport
Tram 10,11, 16 (station Wilhelm-Liebknecht-Platz)

Leipzig, Stadtbibliothek

© Mahmoud Dabdoub

 

Back in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, large quantities of books were donated to Leipzig’s city council resulting in the creation of a library that the burghers of Leipzig were also entitled to use. In 1677, the lawyer Huldreich Gross bequeathed his entire fortune and some 4,000 books to Leipzig city council with instructions to set up a library »for use by the young students of the city«. This »Bibliotheca senatus lipsiensis« (Leipzig Senate Library) opened in 1683 on Universitätsstrasse; a permanent librarian was employed from 1711 onwards and regular opening times were introduced.
Between then and the twentieth century, the library moved numerous times. It suffered huge losses in the bombing raid of 1943, when nearly 200,000 books were burned. After reconstruction and subsequent renaming from “City Library” to “People’s Library”, it was housed in temporary quarters in Barthels Hof until 1984. Only in 1991, after a long search for a new site, was it reopened in the Old Grassi Museum on Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz. This building was constructed in 1894–97 by the Leipzig city planner Hugo Licht and served as a museum until 1927, then as a trade fair building, and until 1990 as the headquarters of the chemical plant and mechanical engineering conglomerate, Chemieanlagenbau- und Montagekombinat Leipzig.
The building underwent complete renovation from 2009–2012 to make it suitable for use as a modern library. Today, with around 1,800 visitors every day of opening, the City Library is a central hub for people of all generations.

 

Address
Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz 10-11
04107 Leipzig
www.stadtbibliothek.leipzig.de
 

wheelchair accessible

 

Public transport
City train 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5X (station Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz), tram 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 (station Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz)

Leipzig, Thomaskirche

© Bach-Archiv Leipzig

 

The discovery of silver in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) at the end of the 15th century brought great economic prosperity to Leipzig. The city’s churches were renovated and expanded over the next 40 years as a result. The Romanesque nave of the previous Thomaskirche (St. Thomas' Church), whose foundations probably dated back to 1160, was hence demolished in 1482 and a new Late Gothic hall church was erected, which was consecrated in 1496 and still stands today. With the exception of the steeple, which took on its final form in 1702, nothing of the St. Thomas Church’s architecture has changed since then.

The most severe alterations to the interior decoration of the church resulted from the renovations of 1884–89, during which the entire Baroque-era decor, from the period when Johann Sebastian Bach was active at St. Thomas' Church, was removed. Since then the interior of the church has been neo-Gothic in style. The first thorough restoration of St. Thomas Church in over 100 years was made possible following the reunification of the two German states. This was largely completed by the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death on July 28, 2000. The construction of the new Bach organ was also part of this project.

Please find a seating plan here.

Address
Thomaskirchhof
04109 Leipzig
www.thomaskirche.org


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 9, bus 89 (station Thomaskirche)

Leipzig, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum

 

The exhibitions and events at the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig (Forum of Contemporary History) are an attraction for visitors from the region and beyond. The Forum belongs to the House of History Foundation in Bonn hosting a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of the separation and reunification of Germany and to dictatorship and resistance in former Eastern Germany. About 3,200 objects and various audio-visual presentations are on display on 2,000 square metres of floor space. With temporary exhibitions and a number of other events, the house is a lively forum of dealing with the past and the present.

The information centre provides more details on the different exhibitions. It offers a reference and media library with a wide selection of books, newspapers, magazines and audio-visual material.

Admission to the Forum of Contemporary History Leipzig is free.

Address
Grimmaische Straße 6
04109 Leipzig
www.hdg.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport
Tram 4, 7, 15, 16 (stop Augustusplatz), bus 89 (stop Reichsstraße)

Leipzig, Zoo

© Zoo Leipzig

 

The Zoo Leipzig was founded in 1878 by a restaurateur, it today looks back upon one of the longest traditions throughout Germany. Ernst Pinkert’s initial intention was to exhibit exotic animals to attract visitors, and he was very successful with this. But the core business was to fade into the background soon, and it took just 20 years for the private zoo to become a public company.
140 years after its foundation, the »Zoo der Zukunft« (»zoo pointing to the future«) keeps up with the most recent developments. Since 1999, it has undergone a complete reconstruction producing more and more adventure worlds offering natural environments to rare. In 2011, the giant tropical hall »Gondwana-Land« opened, in 2016 »Kiwara-Kopje« and in 2017 the high-mountain landscape »Himalaya«, and in 2018 a »South America« world.

Address
Pfaffendorfer Straße 29
04105 Leipzig
www.zoo-leipzig.de


wheelchair accessible


Public transport:
Tram 12 (stop Zoo)

Naumburg, Dom St. Peter und Paul

 

The city Naumburg on the Saale River was chosen around 1000 as the new family home by Ekkehard I, margrave of Meißen, as it is situated conveniently at the junction of several trade routes. Already in 1028 Naumburg became bishop’s see. The first cathedral, a previous building to today’s cathedral, was consecrated in 1042. Exactly 200 years later the late Romanesque new building of the nave was completed which can still be seen today. The east and west choir were rebuilt in Gothic style in the 13th and 14th century. The cathedral was further reconstructed and restored until the 19th century. Especially the towers of the cathedral are witnesses of the different stylistic periods. Due to its Romanesque-Gothic architecture and especially because of its early Gothic monumental sculpture and construction ornamentation the Naumburg cathedral is one of the most important cultural monuments of medieval times. The life-sized statues of the donators in the west choir that were created in the 13th century by an unknown so-called »Naumburg master« as well as the image of the Passion of Christ at the Western chancel screen impress by their realistic creation. The late Romanesque crypt, the eastern chancel screen and the medieval stained windows are significant examples concerning architecture and culture history. The organ of the Naumburg cathedral was built by the organ builder Eule in 1983.

 

Address
Domplatz 16/17
06618 Naumburg
www.naumburger-dom.de

Naumburg, Stadtpfarrkirche St. Wenzel

 

Rising majestically on the south side of the market square, the St. Wenceslas Parish Church (Stadtpfarrkirche St. Wenzel) is a landmark of the city of Naumburg. The oldest documentary evidence of the church goes back to 1228, its incorporation into the cathedral chapter occurring only fifty years later. In 1411 it was struck for the first time by one of the many fires in the city and had to be rebuilt. Further conflagrations and rebuilding followed. The three-story altar wall with diagonally placed sides was built by the court sculptor of Zeitz, Heinrich Schau, between 1677 and 1680. The altarpiece was begun in 1683 by Dresden painter Johann Oswald Harms. The complete remodelling of the church in Baroque style followed in 1724, at which time the vaulted ceiling was also put into place.A new organ was built by Gottfried Silbermann’s pupil Zacharias Hildebrandt between 1743 and 1746, being installed in the Baroque organ case built from 1695 to 1697 by sculptor Johannn Göricke. On September 27, 1746 the organ was tested by Johann Sebastian Bach, cantor of Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church, and organ-builder Gottfried Silbermann. The instrument was restored and expanded several times. During the latest repair phase from 1993, the organ was restored to its original state from 1746.Also worth mentioning is the costly interior decoration, such as two paintings from the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder (»Let the children come to Me« and »The adoration of the Magicians«) and the tombstone of August von Leubelfing, page of the Swedish king Gustav Adolf.

 

Address
Topfmarkt
06618 Naumburg
www.kirche-naumburg.de

Pomßen, Wehrkirche

 

The late Romanesque Wehrkirche Pomßen church from the 13th century is rather impressive because of the classical structure of westwork, nave, choir and semicircular apse. A stair tower leads to the patron’s bay of the noble family von Ponickau that ruled here for over 250 years, laying the foundations for one of the largest manors in western Saxony. The two-storey gallery, the large epitaphs, the coats of armour and the lordly vault remind of the family, which is also depicted in the middle part of the three-story Renaissance altar. The nave is covered by a Baroque coffered ceiling with 73 painted panels. Further valuable elements, like the Romanesque baptismal font and the late Gothic crucifix, complete the rich interior decoration. The original organ was destroyed when the tower collapsed in 1661. A new instrument was built by the organ builder Gottfried Richter from Döbeln in 1671. It remains in original condition until today and is therefore considered to be the oldest playable pipe organ in Saxony.

 

Address
Hauptstraße 31
04668 Parthenstein
Ortsteil Pomßen
www.orgelpomssen.de

Weißenfels, Schlosskapelle

© Architektur Blicklicht

Zitzschen, Kirche

© Dundak

 

Address
Kirchstraße
04442 Zwenkau
Ortsteil Zitzschen

Zschortau, Kirche St. Nicolai

 

The St. Nicholas church (Kirche St. Nikolai) was built in the 12th or 13th century, the late Romanesque style can still be seen today especially on the tower. Around 1500 the church was reconstructed, the nave was raised and extended and big Gothic windows were installed. An unusually long sanctuary was created. From the attic of the nave one can still today see the shape of the old gable at the Eastern side of the tower.St. Nicholas is home to four-winged altar that is part of the most beautiful evidence of late Gothic art in the area around Leipzig and Delitzsch and which is worth seeing. It was created around 1517 by an unknown master.The organ that is dated 1742 is the last preserved instrument of organ builder Johannes Scheibe who was probably from Zschortau. Romanticising reconstructions from the 19th century were removed in the 1990s so that the organ can now be seen and heard in its original Baroque state. In 1746 Johann Sebastian Bach wrote an expert report which says that everything was built »efficiently, diligently and well«. The original of this report is today in the British Museum in London.

 

Address
Lindenstraße
04519 Rackwitz
OT Zschortau

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