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Leipzig's Artistic Legends

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An April 2003 trip to Leipzig by drhough

Communist-inspired Relief Photo, Leipzig, Germany More Photos
Quote: Leipzig is a city that makes a bold, unique statement: a slant on romance with the sharp slap of reality. Both are only slightly tinged with the Communist presence here. The rest is pure Leipzig Legacy: a perfect past, inspired, cherished and alive.

Leipzig's Artistic Legends

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Communist-inspired Relief Photo, Leipzig, Germany
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The mathematical precision of Bach turns into romance in beautiful St. Thomas Church where his music is still performed, and even Communism is a dream of an ideal state. The statue of modern man in a business suit in front of the fine arts museum holds an animal head beside his own, both their identities in question: Man not finished defining himself, Leipzig not quitting either. Inside Museum der Bildenden Kunste, one large display represents the German Romantics, their landscapes enshrouded in mists and inhabited by half-humans. Across the street in Madler Passage, black statues of Faust and Mephistopheles debate good and evil while Leipzig University students shop in the almost-dark...Read More

Marriott Leipzig

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Hotel | "Leipzig Marriott"

Marriott Leipzig Photo, Leipzig, Germany
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I have to admit that we chose this hotel only because it was free--Marriott’s buy-three/stay-free promotion. For paying guests, rooms are about 95 euros/night. As it turned out, we couldn’t have made a better choice for convenience or comfort. We saw the sign from the front exit of the rail station, and all we had to do was cross the busy street (the "ring" that surrounds the Old Town center) and walk one block and around the corner to Marriott’s entrance. The building exterior was nondescript, and the hotel entrance was not obvious. In the lobby, there was no mistaking that this was a Marriott. In this part of eastern Germany, where Bauhaus or Minimalist style is predominate, we felt tr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2003

Marriott Leipzig
AM HALLISCHEN TOR 1
Leipzig, Germany
49-341-9653-0

Mendelssohn Haus

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Mendelssohn Haus Photo, Leipzig, Germany
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Mendelssohn House is a block outside the ring surrounding the Old City. We followed the ring south from Augustusplatz and turned left onto Goldschmidtstrasse for one block. The building is not a house, but a structure of "flats," and entrance (3 euros) is from the courtyard in back, where the Felix Mendelssohn School of Music is located. The composer’s flat on the second floor has been reconstructed in the original style of the Late Biedermeier period of classical design. High ceilings with crystal and brass chandeliers and long arched windows create the perfect classical setting for music. We admired the cheerful breakfast room and then the music room where Mendelssohn’s clavichord is on ...Read More

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Mendelssohn Haus
Goldschmidtstraße 12
Leipzig, Germany 04103
+49 341 127 02 94

Museum der Bildenden Kunste

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Museum der Bildenden Kunste Photo, Leipzig, Germany
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Leipzig’s highly esteemed Fine Arts Museum is more than 160 years old, and it is a must-see for visitors to this city or Weimar, Lutherstadt, or any cities in the regions of Saxony or Thuringia. Many important artists were either born in the area or attracted to it, so the Leipzig collections are particularly important to an appreciation of art here from classical times to the twentieth century. So intermingled with the history, religion, personality, and geography of Saxony and Thuringia, painting and statuary display a regional character. The angst, romance, independence, Reformation, domination--everything that characterizes eastern Germany is represented here. The first rooms house...Read More

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Museum der Bildenden Kunste
Grimmaische Strasse 1-7
Leipzig, Germany
0341 21-69-90

Bach-Museum

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Attraction | "Bach Museum"

Bach-Museum Photo, Leipzig, Germany
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The original home of the Bach family was across the street from the present museum in the school beside St. Thomas Church, where the composer sang in the St. Thomas Boys’ Choir and directed it for the rest of his life. We had seen the same choir perform Bach’s music (every Friday evening at 6:00 when they aren’t on tour), but we missed this area of town early enough on Friday to see the museum and then the performance back-to-back. One could spend some hours in the museum on Friday afternoon and then time dinner at one of many restaurants on the adjoining center square in order to arrive at the church a little before 6:00. We simply returned Saturday afternoon to the Bach Museum, located in...Read More

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Bach-Museum
Thomaskirchhof 16
Leipzig, Germany 04109
+49 341 964410