Leipzig City Travel Guide

Leipzig, Church of St. Thomas, Bach - Foto: LTS - Hering Leipzig, witness to many watersheds of history

Leipzig bears witness to many of history's watersheds : It was here that Martin Luther proclaimed his suggestions for the religious reformation. Johann Sebastian Bach was cantor at the Church of St. Thomas, which today is one of the city's most significant sights. Felix Mendelsohn, composed some of his most major works in Leipzig.

In 1813 Schwarzenberg defeated Napoleon in a decisive battle (Battle of the Nations) just outside of Leipzig.

In 1989 Leipzig was a starting point of the peaceful revolution, which culminated in the end of the German Democratic Republic and the reunification of eastern and western Germany.

Significant sights include the opera house, Gewandhaus orchestra, ancient city hall, battle of the nation memorial and Auerbach's cellar, which is said to have inspired the famous pub scene in Goethe's seminal work Faust.

Drallewatsch, a picturesque quarter of the city, is perfect for an extended pub-crawl.

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