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Leipzig

Luther, Bach and St. Thomas's choir: St. Thomas' Church

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Overview: From 1212, the Augustine canon seminary in Leipzig was built on the foundations of an even older church. The Romanesque chancel was given its Gothic look in 1355, and between 1482 and 1496 the church was converted into a late-Gothic hall church, which has been largely preserved with the exception of the tower built in 1702. Martin Luther preached here at the start of the Reformation on Whitsun in 1539. Johann Sebastian Bach, the most famous cantor of St. Thomas's choir, worked at the church from 1723 until his death in 1750. The celebrated Thomanenchor was first mentioned in records from 1254, making it one of the oldest boys' choirs in Germany.

Bach Museum, Leipzig

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Overview: The Bach Museum in Leipzig, which reopened in 2010, is a testament to 21st century museum culture. It presents the life and legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach and his family in an interactive multimedia exhibition covering an area of 750 square metres. A highlight is the treasure room, where original Bach manuscripts and other precious items are on display. The small pleasure garden, the audio room and Café Gloria make ideal places to linger and relax.

Opening times:
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm.

Mendelssohn House

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Overview: Mendelssohn House, the only museum of its kind in the world, is located at Mendelssohn's last surviving private address in Leipzig. The late Biedermeier period apartment has housed a museum since 1997. It was first occupied by the family in 1845 and has been restored to look as it would have done in the musician's lifetime. The living room features the composer's original furniture as well as countless watercolors and letters. Concerts are held in the music room on most Sundays at 11am.

Opening times:
Daily 10am-6pm.

Leipzig Zoo

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Overview: Leipzig Zoo In 2011, the largest Saxon Zoo opened its latest attraction: Gondwanaland, Europe's largest tropical hall. It joined Pongoland, the world's largest artificial ape habitat, the Tiger Tundra, the elephants of the Ganesha Mandir and other outstanding zoo attractions.

Belantis

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Overview: Belantis East Germany's largest amusement park is located in the south of Leipzig. It offers themed attractions like the Valley of Pharaohs, the Knights' Island, the Beach of the Gods, or the Empire of the Sun Temple.

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