Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Leipzig

Leipzig is one of the richest and most artistic cities in Europe due to its connection with such famous names as Bach, Goethe and Mendelssohn. The art and cultural scene is shaped by its famous opera and theaters, landmarks, festivals and museums. Take the following tour to explore Leipzig’s most beautiful cultural attractions.
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Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: Germany » Leipzig (See other walking tours in Leipzig)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum in der Runde Ecke
  • Schauspiel
  • Zeitgeschichtliches Forum
  • Leipzig Opera House
  • Gewandhaus
  • Krystallpalast Varieté
  • Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst
  • University of Music and Theater
Museum in der Runde Ecke

1) Museum in der Runde Ecke (must see)

The memorial museum in the Round Corner is a former headquarters of the East German Secret Police based in the Leipzig Museum of History. Built in 1913 as an office of the Leipzig Fire Insurance Company, it took its name due to its distinctive shape. Since August 1990 it has hosted a permanent exhibition entitled Stasi-Power and Banality. The museum itself is not large, but the exhibits are informative and extensive. Well worth the visit, you can learn a lot about the GDR secret police here.

Operation hours: Open daily 10 am to 6 pm. The museum is closed on December, 23rd to 26th. Also it is closed on New Years Eve and January, 1st.

2) Schauspiel

Schauspiel is one of Leipzig’s main dramatic theaters. Since 2008, it has also been known as the Central Theater. Founded in 1901, it was located on Bosestraße und Gottschedstraße, but was destroyed in 1945. The present venue was built in 1957 by architects K. Souradny, R. Brummer and F. Herbst. Inaugurated in 1975 with a performance of Schiller’s Wallenstein play, since then it has hosted various dramatic performances, art shows and other events.
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum

3) Zeitgeschichtliches Forum (must see)

The Leipzig Forum of Contemporary History, located in the center of Leipzig, has a permanent exhibition on the history of the GDR with a focus on opposition, moral courage and resistance against the background of German division. The museum has a large collection of over 3,200 objects and historic documents and also hosts temporary exhibitions on various historical themes.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Leipzig Opera House

4) Leipzig Opera House (must see)

The Leipzig Opera traces its establishment to the year 1693, making it the third oldest opera venue in Europe after La Fenice (Venice, Italy) and the Hamburg State Opera (Hamburg, Germany). The Leipzig Opera does not have its own opera orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performs as the orchestra for the opera. During an air raid in the night of December 3, 1943, the theater was destroyed, as were all Leipzig's theatres. Construction of the modern opera house began in 1956. The theatre was inaugurated on October 8, 1960, with a performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Sight description based on wikipedia

5) Gewandhaus (must see)

Gewandhaus, a world famous concert hall in Leipzig, is the third hall to have this name. Home of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the name translates loosely into a building where cloth is traded. The first Gewandhaus was built in 1781 by architect Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe. The second opened in 1884, and was destroyed by the bombings of World War II between 1943 and 1944. The present Gewandhaus, opened on October 8, 1981 is known for its fine acoustics.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Krystallpalast Varieté

6) Krystallpalast Varieté

Krystallpalast Varieté is the ideal place for fine German variety theater. Opened in 1882, it was the first, largest and most famous music hall in Leipzig. After the bombing in World War II it was closed and reopened in 1997. The shows presented are innovative, including juggling, acrobatics, comedy, music and much more.
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

7) Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, or the Gallery of Contemporary Art, exhibits Leipzig’s largest collection of art from Europe and beyond, including amazing works by notable 20th and 21st century artists.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 2 pm - 7 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm.
University of Music and Theater

8) University of Music and Theater

Founded in 1843 by Felix Mendelssohn as the Conservatory of Music, this is the oldest music university in Germany. It includes the traditional Church Music Institute founded in 1919 by Karl Straube. In 1992 the Hans Otto Drama School, Germany’s oldest drama school became part of the college. Since the beginning there has been a close relationship with Gewandhaus and the Leipzig Opera House. This school leads all German music colleges, holding around 470 public events yearly.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Leipzig, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Leipzig

Create Your Own Walk in Leipzig

Creating your own self-guided walk in Leipzig is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Leipzig Museums Tour

Leipzig Museums Tour

Leipzig's museums and impressive collections have always played an important role in the city's history and culture. Its significant museums host many unique exhibitions. Take the following tour to discover Leipzig’s best museums.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

The city of Leipzig boasts a great number of impressive, centuries-old churches, designed in various architectural styles – Romanesque, Baroque, Gothic and others. When in Leipzig, use this guide to discover the most beautiful religious buildings. It's truly worth it!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Leipzig Introduction Walking Tour

Leipzig Introduction Walking Tour

Leipzig is renowned for its traditions, distinctive art and cultural heritage manifested in a number of landmarks fit to impress even the most well-traveled visitor. The city boasts some truly magnificent pieces of architecture; with the help of this orientation walk you should be able to find them with ease and have the best of time in Leipzig.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Leipzig City Center

Leipzig City Center

Those who enjoy exciting places will find plenty of attractions to their liking in the center of Leipzig, such as Brühl and Augustusplatz, where great bargains can be found. Take the following tour to discover the loveliest sites in this part of town.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Leipzig Architectural Jewels

Leipzig Architectural Jewels

Anyone who wants to delve into Leipzig's interesting history should see its collection of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany. The city has many impressive historic monuments and contemporary constructions by world famous architects. Take this tour to discover Leipzig’s most amazing architecture.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Leipzig has a large variety of amazing churches to discover. These architectural masterpieces grace the city's streets and squares. Follow this tour to see Leipzig’s most fascinating and popular religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles