Bach, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler and Grieg are among the many world-famous musicians who've left their mark on Leipzig, a legacy that to this day is upheld by the illustrious Gewandhausorchester (Gewandhaus Orchestra) and the Thomanerchor (St Thomas Boys' Choir). You can walk in the footsteps of these greats by following the 5km Leipziger Notenspur (Leipzig Music Trail) to the places where they lived and worked. At each of the 23 stops, there are information panels in English and German and phone numbers you can call to listen to music or additional commentary. There's also a 40km route designed to be followed by bike riders through further-flung areas of musical interest around Leipzig's suburbs. For details or to download a map, see http://notenspur-leipzig.de.
Spotlight on Richard Wagner
Leipzig's musical legacy is partly hitched to the groundbreaking – and controversial – 19th-century composer Richard Wagner, who first saw the light of day on 22 May 1813 in a Leipzig townhouse on the street called the Brühl and later studied at the Alte Nikolaischule (Old St Nicholas School). It was in this city that he began his musical education and wrote his first compositions. Leipzig celebrated Wagner's bicentennary in 2013 with the opening of the Richard-Wagner-Museum in his old school on the Nikolaikirchhof. The interesting display focuses on Wagner's formative years in Leipzig from 1813 to 1834. An annual Richard Wagner Festival is held in late May each year, with public performances of his operas taking place in front of Oper Leipzig.