Leipzig can look back on an exceptional musical tradition. Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Clara Schumann all worked here. Richard Wagner, who was born in Leipzig, underwent his musical training in the city.
Leipzig is still writing musical history today: internationally acclaimed ensembles delight audiences at the Gewandhaus concert hall, St. Thomas Church and the opera house. Many different museums document and uphold the city's musical heritage, and there are annual festivals dedicated to nearly all of the city's major composers. Visit the sites where eminent composers lived and worked, and follow the Leipzig Music Trail to explore places with both a magnificent musical past and a vibrant present.
But Leipzig is much more than a destination for lovers of classical music. During the Wave Gothic Festival and Jazz Festival, the city attracts fans of alternative music styles in their tens of thousands every year.