Leipzig Music Trail - Walk or Bike Leipzig

The Leipzig Music Trail

A fascinating weave of city exploration and musical discovery. A walk inspired by music: in Leipzig many of the places where famous composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach and Richard Wagner, lived and worked, still survive in a concentration unmatched anywhere in the world.

The Leipzig Music Trail is the way to explore them. The proximity of the individual sites to each other makes it easy for visitors to comfortably discover these musical highlights on foot, or by bike.  At each location there are audio samples to listen to and interesting information given in German and English. The Leipzig Music Trail links the most important sites of musical interest in a 5.1 km stroll, with a route that winds through the city centre and is marked by curved steel inserts in the ground. The tour can start and end at any of the locations.

The Leipzig Music Walk

The Leipzig Music Walk is a musical stroll over 5 km through the Gründerzeit area and parks to the west of the city centre. Time seems to stand still here at the period around the turn of the 20th century, the time of the second Gewandhaus.

The path leads through the magnificent Waldstraßenviertel (Forest Street Quarter), through the Clara Zetkin Park and the Musikviertel (Music Quarter). The Forum Thomanum is especially worth a visit. This is where the members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir live and go to school. This is a particularly nice tour to take when the weather is good, as there are only a few indoor sites to visit.

The Leipzig Music Bike Ride

This 37 km musical tour makes a great day out for the more active visitor, and is suitable for young and old alike. A signposted route takes cyclists out of the city centre to sites of musical interest along scenic waterways and into open green meadowland.

The tour starts in the centre of Leipzig and leads through the Gründerzeit neighbourhoods, past parks and gardens, through the species-rich Auenwald woods and past manor houses, and finishes at the Neue Gewandhaus. Along the way there are memorials to famous composers, their houses, churches and museums.

For tourists who are keen cyclists it is possible to include the Leipzig Music Ride in a bigger tour of Central Germany, for example the Saale cycle trail or the Elster and Pleiße cycle trail. The Music Ride can also be shortened to 17.5 km if a shorter tour is preferred, but some of the sites will be left out. (Sites on the "short" Music Ride: St. Thomas Church, Kleinzschocher Manor, the Schiller House, the Zöllner Memorial, St. Thomas Church)