Summarize in a few sentences why Leipzig people as well as their visitors rave about Leipzig? Impossible! Imagine you arrive in a city only to find what you already expected. Isn't it much nicer when a city offers surprises and pleasant ones at that? Visitors to Leipzig are happily surprised again and again by wonderful historical sights, plenty of extraordinary shops, various leisure activities, Leipzig's history and legends. Most of all Leipzig's guests are amazed by the legendary Saxon hospitality.
Leipzig - city of music: hardly any other city in the world has a musical history which can quite match Leipzig's. Names like Johann Sebastian Bach, who headed St. Thomas's Boys Choir from 1723 to 1750, and Felix Mendelssohn who conducted the Gewandhaus Orchestra from 1835 - 1847 and founded Germanys first music conservatory in Leipzig are inseparably linked to the city. But also Robert and Clara Schumann, Richard Wagner and many more lived, studied and worked here and formed significantly Leipzigs history. Today Leipzig attains its reputation as city of music by numerous annually held festivals as there are the 'Leipzig Bach Festival', the 'City Festival', the 'Classic Open', the 'Jazz Festival' or the 'Mendelssohn Festival'. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra or the Thomaner Choir travelled through the world and played in sold-out concert halls in Japan and the USA and the Leipzig Opera House stages spectacular traditional and modern operas and ballets.