Cultural Walk in Leipzig, 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 Walk in Leipzig Map

Guide Name: Cultural Walk in Leipzig
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
Author: karenl
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.

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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.

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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 - Thursday: 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.

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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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Religious Buildings of Leipzig Tour

Religious Buildings of Leipzig Tour

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
Gohlis District of Leipzig Tour

Gohlis District of Leipzig Tour

The Gohlis district is full of great architectural and cultural attractions. The following tour will lead you to some of the most popular and interesting tourist attractions in this district of Leipzig.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Leipzig Architecture Tour

Leipzig Architecture Tour

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
Leipzig Nightlife Tour

Leipzig Nightlife Tour

Although Leipzig is known for its association with classical music, this does not mean that it is a sleepy town. It has one of Europe’s most dynamic nightlife scenes, where you can party, enjoy amazing cocktails and great music. Take this tour to explore Leipzig's best nightclubs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Leipzig for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Leipzig has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Leipzig, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.