Leipzig Sights and Landmarks Guide, Germany
Leipzig is a city known for many things; it is the largest city in the state of Saxony Germany, it is the home of one of the world's greatest musicians Johann Sebastian Bach and it is where one of Germany's oldest universities can be found. However, for someone who has seen the city, Leipzig is synonymous with the words 'beauty, elegance, culture and history.' This is because, although Leipzig is a big commercial city, it has never lost its roots and has remained respectful of its history thus preserving the beauty of its buildings and monuments. It is this mix of the old and the new, the modern and the classical that makes Leipzig even more enthralling to many people who have just seen the city for the first time.
In Leipzig, the past is never too far. The city's history can be plainly seen in its well-preserved buildings and museums. All over the city, monuments and statues to famous people and events can be viewed.
If you are someone who loves history, Leipzig is pure heaven. Start your tour by visiting the Stadtgeschichtliche Museum at the main market square. In this museum, the colorful local history of Leipzig comes to life.
The largest and grandest war monument in Europe can also be found in Leipzig. The monument is called the 'Völkerschlachtdenkmal' or 'The Battle of the Nations Monument.' It was built to honor the successful battle against Napoleon and his army.
Thomaskirche or St. Thomas' Church is also worth visiting if you are a lover of classical music. This is where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor. You shouldn't miss visiting Gewandhaus which is the home of the world famous Gewandhaus Orchestra. A scattering of museums that cater to specific and even eccentric topics add flavor and color to Leipzig. Examples of these museums are the Camera and Photo Museum and the Saxon Chemists' Museum.
While basking in the glow of the city's rich culture one can also add other activities to their itinerary for the day. Leipzig is filled with many cafes restaurants and bars where one can enjoy a drink while marveling at the city's grand buildings. In the town’s center the shopaholic in you will rejoice at the sight of boutiques and specialty shops lined up for your perusal.
One can also enjoy cycling, fishing, rowing, fencing and other sport-related activities in the city's parks.
Indeed Leipzig is the ideal place for someone whose idea of leisure is a day out in the sun, walking in a city whose very streets and buildings speak of its life and history.
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