Leisure and Culture

Social Life

There are a number of clubs, associations and societies in Leipzig addressing the needs of both local and expatriate families: some of these are described in more detail under the document links on the right.

The Arts

Leipzig is perhaps famous above all for its place in the history of western classical music: Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig; Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Robert Schumann were prominent figures in the musical history of the city; the Gewandhaus orchestra was one of the first of its kind and still flourishes; and of course Johann Sebastian Bach worked for 23 years as musical director and choirmaster at the city's Thomaskirche, where the famous boys' choir performs regularly.

In the same Thomaskirche, Martin Luther preached during the tumultuous years of the German Reformation. Johann Wolfgang Goethe studied at the University of Leipzig and was inspired by the moments he spent in the Auerbach’s Cellar to use the location in his drama Faust.

A cultural selection:
St. Thomas Church
Every Friday and Saturdays you can hear the St. Thomas Boys Choir signing motets and cantatas.
Mendelssohn House
The house of Felix Mendelssohn is a must to visit, and on Sunday mornings concerts are performed in the music salon of the restored house.
The Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
This famous concert hall is on the tour of most acclaimed musicians and has a very interesting selection of concerts all year long.
The Opera House
Facing the Gewandhaus, the Opera hosts many performances of ballet as well as opera. During the summer, it offers a selection of open air concerts and operas. Musicals and Operetta are performed at the Musikalische Komödie in Lindenau. See the sites for more details on venues.

The Spinnerei
This gigantic former cotton spinning mill in post-industrial Plagwitz is now the host site for part of Leipzig's thriving modern art scene, with many galleries and exhibitions.
Schauspiel Leipzig
Along the city ring, this theater for performing arts offers audiences a variety of interesting from classic and modern, German and international repertoires.
The euro-scene Leipzig is a festival of contemporary European theatre featuring guest performances from various countries. The performances includes dance and spoken theatre, musical stage forms and plays for children.

For more information about what is happening in nightlife, culture, art, history and more, The Leipzig Glocal is the city's International Voice, an English online magazine with an international perspective.


There are several easily accessible libraries not far from school:

The University Library
Also known as Bibliotheca Albertina, this is the central library of the University of Leipzig. It is one of the oldest German university libraries, founded in 1542 and currently stocking over five million volumes; 5.2 million media units and around 7,200 current periodicals.

The German National Library
or Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB) is the central archival library and national bibliographic centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. All German and German-language publications since 1913, foreign publications about Germany, translations of German works, and the works of German-speaking emigrants published abroad between 1933 and 1945 are collected and archived permanently and made available to the public.

The German Central Library for the Blind in Leipzig (DZB)
provides blind or visually-impaired people with a wealth of information and literature. Braille and audio books, journals/periodicals, reliefs, sheet music are also available for purchase.




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