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Date: 15.07.2019

The Leipzig Music Ride


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The Leipzig Music Ride

This 37 km musical tour makes a great day out for the more active visitor, and is suitable for young and old alike. A signposted route takes cyclists out of the city centre to sites of musical interest along scenic waterways and into open green meadowland.

The tour starts in the centre of Leipzig and leads through the Gründerzeit neighbourhoods, past parks and gardens, through the species-rich Auenwald woods and past manor houses, and finishes at the Neue Gewandhaus. Along the way there are memorials to famous composers, their houses, churches and museums.

For tourists who are keen cyclists it is possible to include the Leipzig Music Ride in a bigger tour of Central Germany, for example the Saale cycle trail or the Elster and Pleiße cycle trail.

The Music Ride can also be shortened to 17.5 km if a shorter tour is preferred, but some of the sites will be left out. (Sites on the "short" Music Ride: St. Thomas Church, Kleinzschocher Manor, the Schiller House, the Zöllner Memorial, St. Thomas Church)

The Leipzig Music Ride


1 || Old Bach Memorial, St. Thomas's Church

The Old Bach Memorial stands in green surroundings on Dittrichring, to the south west of St. Thomas Church. It is the world's oldest memorial to Johann Sebastian Bach and was commissioned by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in 1843. It was the first monument in the world built to honour Johann Sebastian Bach. Mendelssohn's idea to build a monument in Leipzig to the former cantor of St. Thomas Church was first expressed in a letter he wrote in 1838: "J. S. Bach was a great man. We now want to erect a small monument to him here in front of St. Thomas School." The majority of the money required for the project was raised by three benefit concerts, including a concert in the Gewandhaus with the Gewandhaus Orchestra.
The sandstone monument has a four-sided relief showing different motifs of Bach. It was designed by Eduard Bendemann, Ernst Rietschel and Julius Hübner and created by the Leipzig sculptor Herrmann Knaur. The monument was unveiled on 23/04/1843 close to the St. Thomas School.