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This beautiful, not-to-be-missed city (pop. 507,800) with a longstanding musical heritage is the cultural center of the former Eastern Germany. Not only is it the home of the Thomaner Choir—one of the finest in the world—but it’s also the site of St. Thomas Church, where Bach worked for 27 years and was buried. Next door is the Bach Museum, opened in 1985 in a beautiful old house. Goethe fans should dine at Auerbachs Keller restaurant, mentioned in Faust. The city also has several fine museums, including ones focusing on Egyptology, arts and crafts, natural science, sports, musical instruments (almost 3,000 on display), fine arts (with excellent graphics collections) and ethnology (featuring exhibits from Asia, Africa, the Americas and the South Seas).
Civic pride, resurgent after Leipzig led the East German revolution of 1990, is celebrated at the Renaissance Rathaus (town hall), which contains an excellent city historical museum. Though the German Library is not for everyone, it does include more than nine million volumes, and its museum displays some of Germany’s most important books and letters. Leipzig is a great city just to walk around; be sure to at least drive by (and gawk at) the main train station, which is the largest terminal in Europe.
Leipzig has also been a major trade center since medieval times and now hosts a major international trade fair. The dramatic new fairgrounds, a testimony to the city’s new economic freedom, are located 3 mi/5 km north of the Hauptbahnhof on Tram 16. Be warned, however, that it is very difficult to get a hotel room during the fair. Plan at least two nights. 120 mi/195 km southwest of Berlin.
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