DISCOVER THIS CITY OF MUSIC BY WALKING THE LEIPZIG MUSIC TRAIL:
Leipzig is a city which is associated with many famous composers of the 18th to the 20th century. Johann Sebastian Bach worked in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750, Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig in 1813 and Leipzig was the most important and influential period of Felix Mendelssohn’s creative life. Other eminent composers with strong Leipzig connections included Gustav Mahler, Hanns Eisler, Edvard Grieg, Robert and Clara Schumann.
Today, this city of great musical renown, offers a great variety of places for visitors to discover – places where illustrious composers lived and worked. Classical music lovers can discover this legacy on three different tours:
- Leipziger Notenspur (5.3 km)
- Leipziger Notenbogen (5.0 km)
- Leipziger Notenrad (36.6 km – this one’s designed to be undertaken by bike)
The Leipziger Notenspur tour covers the key sites where famous Leipzig composers and musicians lived and worked, as marked in the city centre by a striking logo. This tour can be complemented by the Leipziger Notenbogen tour, a ‘musical’ stroll leading through the Gründerzeit district to the west of the centre. Both of these tours can be enjoyed on foot.
The Leipziger Notenrad cycle route is the perfect way to discover sites of musical and historical interest that are further afield, many in charming riverside landscapes with their rural charm. The Leipziger Notenrad tour starts at St. Thomas’ Church, Bach’s final resting place, and ends at the new Gewandhaus concert hall, the two quintessential symbols of Leipzig’s musical history. It’s a wonderful way to combine musical heritage with exercise in natural surroundings.
Visitors can also enjoy a flavour of Leipzig’s musical diversity at its many concerts, events and festivals. Two of international stature are the annual Leipzig Bach Festival and the International Mahler Festival.