Put Leipzig On Your 2020 Bucket List. See Where Bach Made Beautiful Music!By Delaina Dixon | February 20, 2020 | Travel
Hello Divas! It’s a new decade, and we know seeing the world is at the top of your goals for 2020! While you may not have heard of Leipzig, Germany, it’s a great place to put on your list of places to visit in the next ten years.
Located 100 miles south of Berlin on the White Elster River, Leipzig is a city filled with history, culture and music. It’s home to St. Thomas Church, St. Thomas Boys Choir and St. Thomas School, all dating back to the year 1212. This is the final resting place of its most famous cantor, German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who headed the choir there from 1723 to 1750.
Indeed, the city is about to celebrate Bachfest Leipzig happening June 11 to 21, 2020. The Neue Bachgesellschaft (New Bach Association), founded in 1900, will host the festival and its theme “BACH – We Are Family,” where more than 50 Bach choirs, societies, festivals and associations from six continents will travel to Leipzig to celebrate the composer.
Leipzig’s passageways and arcades give the city center its historic character and many features have been extensively restored over recent years. The arcades are covered, so no amount of rain will dampen our shopping agendas! The best-known and most lavish arcade is Mädler Passage. Built around 1912, the 459-ft long shopping arcade with elegant glass skylights contains exclusive fashion boutiques and fine restaurants like Auerbachs Keller, a cellar restaurant that was once a favorite haunt of German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It’s also where to get a handbag from the famous German brand Liebeskind.
For that sweet tooth, try a Leipziger Lerche, a tasty dessert of shortcrust pastry, almonds, nuts and marzipan. The original recipe actually incorporated a real songbird; now a dollop of strawberry jam is inside to symbolize the lark’s heart. Pick one up at Café Kandler.
For lodgings, Vienna Townhouse and Hotel Fregehaus are ideal small boutique hotels. The first is located opposite St. Thomas Church and picks up the city’s music theme in every detail. The Hotel Fregehaus is in a beautifully restored building in a lovely courtyard with wildflowers and a cobblestone floor. Every room is different depending on its floor’s architecture.
If you’re itching to get to Leipzig ASAP, the city is hosting Wave-Gotik-Treffen – the largest gothic festival in the world – from May 29 to June 1, 2020. During the four days of the festival, some 20,000 visitors join concerts, parties, opera performances, exhibitions, medieval markets and readings. All of Leipzig turns into a black colorful catwalk – to the delight of both residents and tourists. www.wave-gotik-treffen.de
Learn more about Leizpeig at leipzig.travel.
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