Leipzig had the largest Hauptbahnhof in Europe until Berlin usurped it. This seems to be the trade fair capital of Germany and an important city for such throughout Europe dating back centuries. What we did not know was that Leipzig was having a Goth festival. As we were walking and admiring the beautiful architecture, there were many other sights to see walking along side of us. For music lovers, which I do not count amongst the many, Leipzig is where Johann Sebastian Bach lived for a good part of his life and was the Kantor in the Thomaskirche. He is buried in the choir with the Bach archives across the street. Felix Mendelssohn headed the Gewandhaus Orchestra and founded the first conservatory in Germany. Richard Wagner was born here, receiving his musical training here. This city also boasts Germany’s first stock exchange.
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Museum of Fine Arts
The Leipzig Museum Of Fine Arts displays a wide range of late middle ages to modern art. It houses around 3,500 paintings, 1000 sculptures and 60,000 graphical works. The museum came into being withe the Leipzig Art Association in 1837. After being destroyed during World War 2, the building has been successfully restored with much of the inventory being recovered. This museum is an integral part of the cultural heritage of East Germany. The Museum houses the famous Beethoven sculpture by Max Klinger.
St. Thomas Church
This Lutheran church is where classical maestro Bach worked as a choirmaster until his death in 1750. Built in the 12th century, this church is a classic example of Gothic architecture. There is also a statue of Bach next to the church made by Leipzig Sculpture, Carl Sefner in 1908. Martin Luther preached here in 1539. Visitors flock here to not only watch with awe the beautiful interiors(lined with Gothic paintings) and architecture, but also attend the services and to hear the concerts by various choirs.(Considering it once housed the school of Bach) The church has survived various bomb attacks and efforts are being made to preserve it from deterioration from air pollution.
Panorama Tower - Plate of Art
I soon found myself in front of a towering skyscraper, the shape of which is supposed to look like an open book. However, the common Leipziger has found a more convincing analogy and nicknamed the building Weisheitszahn (Wisdom Tooth). Stepping into an elevator, I rocketed my way up to a roof top restaurant with a sweeping view of the beautiful town below. The restaurant manager ushers us in: “Welcome to the highest point of Leipzig. You are on the 36th floor.” This is the highest multi-storey tower in Leipzig and was designed by Herman Henselmann. Earlier a part of the University of Leipzig, this tower was later on sold to a U.S investment bank. Plate of art gives you a full view of the city while serving a delightful menu!
This former cotton mill is a 10 hector industrial estate, parts of which have been converted into art galleries, restaurants and studios. One of the biggest mills of the last century, this one was opened to the students of the New Leipzig School and rented out to the aspiring artists. The place has 10 galleries and more than a 100 artists. I visited Alliene Howell, an American artist here. A specialist in nudes, the walls of her room are full of naked glory. “This is me,” she points out to one of the paintings with no hint of embarrassment. I do not know how to react, but pretend to look suitably impressed. Meanwhile, the paintings of her room partner, another American, are red with violence. “It’s probably because I read newspapers too much,” she explains, as I survey her paintings full of blood, bombs and still-borns.