Information on Leipzig

The old Town Hall in Leipzig

Das Alte Rathaus wurde 1556 als erstes Renaissance-Rathaus in Deutschland von Hieronymus Lotter (1497-1580) errichtet und war bis 1905 Sitz der Stadtverwaltung. Seit 1909 befindet sich das Stadtgeschichtliche Museum Leipzig darin. Bei der 1672 angebrachten goldenen Umschrift handelt es sich um eine der längsten Umschriften der Welt. In der Ratsstube unterzeichnete Johann Sebastian Bach am 5.5.1723 seinen Anstellungsvertrag als Thomaskantor.

About Leipzig

At one time, Leipzig was one of the major European centers of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing. Over the course of the centuries, Leipzig’s citizens have supported the arts, collected paintings, endowed museums and founded the world famous Gewandhous Orchestra. Leipzig is known all over the world as a city of music on account of the works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Robert Schumann, and Johan Sebastian Bach. A concert by St. Thomas Choir in the actual place where Bach worked – St. Thomas’s Church is one of the cultural and emotional highlights of a visit to Leipzig.

Leipzig played a significant role in instigating the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, through events which took place in and around St. Nicholas Church. Since the reunification of Germany, Leipzig has undergone significant change with the restoration of some historical buildings, the demolition of others, and the development of a modern transport infrastructure. Leipzig has many institutions and opportunities for culture and recreation including a football stadium which has hosted some international matches, an opera house and one of the most modern zoos in Europe.

Leipzig is constantly reinventing itself, yet at the same time is a city that stands for continuity. The soul of this city has always been characterized by energy, a creative will and the pride of its citizens. Hospitality and an openness to new ideas are centuries-old-traditions.