Highlights of Leipzig Private Walking Tour
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Monday, October 9, 1989. A crowd of peaceful protestors 70,000 strong gathers at Leipzig's historic St. Nicholas Church, demonstrating against the Communist government of East Germany. Just over one month later, the Berlin Wall falls, signaling the symbolic end of a divided Germany and the beginning of a new democracy.
St. Nicholas Church is just one of the incredible historic sites you'll see on this GoBe walking tour of old Leipzig. The Leipzig opera house, rebuilt after a 19th century structure was destroyed in WWII, is a testament to the indomitable will of the city. The opera continues a tradition stretching back hundreds of years to 1693, when Leipzig became only the third city in Europe with a venue for these majestic performances.
One of the most beloved operas in the city is Gounod's Faust, based on Goethe's masterfully told tale an old man who sells his soul in exchange for the chance to be young again. You'll see why Leipzig is especially fond of the Faust story when you go to Auerbach's Cellar. Goethe drank in this inn and, according to legend, so did Faust, leading Goethe to set one of the scenes of his play right here.
You'll see this and much more during your intimate walking tour, including St. Thomas Church, where Bach worked, and Renaissance gems like the Old Town Hall, built in the 16th century. Ask questions, get sidetracked, and enjoy Leipzig to the fullest!
A monumental feat
In 1813, over 100 years before World War I, the nations of Europe met in battle on the field at Leipzig. When the dust settled, Napoleon, the juggernaut who had been taking Europe by storm as Emperor of France for nearly a decade, was defeated. Less than six months later, Napoleon was forced to abdicate his thrown and exile himself to Elba. While this was not the last Europe would see of Napoleon, the Battle of Leipzig was a major turning point in the restoration of the continent's old order in the early 19th century. Today in Leipzig, one of the tallest monuments in Europe honors the fight known as the Battle of the Nations.
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