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Date: 15.07.2019

Leipzig Music Trail


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The Leipzig Music Trail

A fascinating weave of city exploration and musical discovery

A walk inspired by music: in Leipzig many of the places where famous composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach and Richard Wagner, lived and worked still survive in a concentration unmatched anywhere in the world.

The Leipzig Music Trail is the way to explore them. The proximity of the individual sites to each other makes it easy for visitors to comfortably discover these musical highlights on foot.

At each location there are audio samples to listen to and interesting information given in German and English.

The Leipzig Music Trail links the most important sites of musical interest in a 5.1 km stroll, with a route that winds through the city centre and is marked by curved steel inserts in the ground. The tour can start and end at any of the locations.


1 || The New Gewandhaus

Gewandhaus Leipzig; photo: Andreas Schmidt
Leipzig's international reputation as a city of music is closely connected to the work of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. This renowned orchestra is based in the Gewandhaus concert hall on Augustusplatz, and is rooted in the tradition of the Grosse Concert (Grand Concert) founded in 1743. It is considered to be the oldest civic concert orchestra in Germany. The orchestra tours nationally and internationally every year. Led by the internationally renowned conductor Riccardo Chailly, the orchestra also performs together with the St. Thomas Boys' Choir in St. Thomas Church, as well as in productions at the Leipzig Opera. The Gewandhaus concert hall is the home of the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra and a number one international concert venue.
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Head of Leipzig Music trail:Mr. Prof. Dr. Schneider; photo: LTM-Schmidt
Professor Dr Werner Schneider (above): The director of the Music Trail project and the "father" of the Leipzig Music Trail, which was opened on 12 May 2012 with a big celebration in the city. He is actually a physicist by profession, but fortunately he's a big music-lover too. In 1991 he was awarded his doctorate and began working for his professorship. He went on to teach and conduct research at the Institute of Statistics and Dynamics at the University of Leipzig until 2008, and is now a visiting researcher at the Institute of Urban Development and Construction.

Professor Georg Christoph Biller (right) became the 16th Cantor of St. Thomas in Leipzig in 1992, and works with the St Thomas Boys Choir. He composed a hymn especially for the inauguration of the Leipzig Music Trail.

self-composed Music Trail Hymn Herr Biller; Photo: LTM-Schmidt

The Leipzig Music Walk

From tradition to modernity

The focus of the 5 km Music Walk is the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries. You can feel the atmosphere of those times as you walk through the Gründerzeit area of the city and its parks.

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The Leipzig Music Ride

Explore the city of music

This 37 km cycle path takes in historical sites of musical interest in beautiful scenic locations outside the city centre. The unusual combination of music and relaxation in natural surroundings is an experience to be enjoyed in itself.
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