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Itineraries

Saxony - Land of music

Saxony is closely linked with the life and work of some of the most famous composers in the world: Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and Robert Schumann are prominent examples.

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Gelbe Fassade des Gebäudes mit einem zweigeschossigen Erker© Szymon Nitka

DAY 1: LEIPZIG

Go on a discovery tour following the “Notenspur” (Music Trail) through the city centre: Gewandhaus, opera, Bach Museum, Thomaskirche church, Schumann House and Mendelssohn House are among the highlights. Visit to the Grassi Museum of Musical Instruments with one of the largest collections of instruments in the world, ca. 5,000 exhibits.
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Mehrere Jungen aus dem Thomaner Chor sitzen auf den Stufen vor der Thomaskirche in Leipzig.© Philipp Kirschner, leipig.travel

DAY 1: LEIPZIG

Experience the “Thomanerchor” (St Thomas Boys’ Choir), the Gewandhaus orchestra, the Leipzig opera... Enjoy a Bach menu in the “Barthels Hof” restaurant, or a coffee break in the café and patisserie “Café Kandler”. Tip: “Leipziger Notenrad”: ca. 40 km-long “musical” cycle tour combining interesting places (further away from the ­centre) that are related to music history, and rambling green areas, along water channels and through the suburbs of Leipzig.
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Das Geburtszimmer von Robert Schumann mit Besitzstücken aus der Familie Schumann-Wieck. In der Mitte des Zimmers befindet sich ein Flügel und am Fenster ein Stehpult an dem Schumann komponierte.© Wolfgang Gaertner / TMGS

DAY 2: ZWICKAU (117 KM) – MUSICON VALLEY ® (MARKNEUKIRCHEN) (66 KM)

Tour of the birth house of Robert Schumann and the world’s largest, closed Schumann collection with more than 4,000 original handwritings by Schumann and his wife Clara, née Wieck. Piano performance on the grand Stein piano, with which 9-year-old Clara Wieck made her debut as piano player at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. City stroll incl. the Robert Schumann Monument, Gewandhaus, cathedral and priests’ houses.
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Ein Musikinstrumentenbauer bei der Arbeit in seiner Werkstatt. © Danny Otto

DAY 2: ZWICKAU (117 KM) – MUSICON VALLEY ® (MARKNEUKIRCHEN) (66 KM)

In the music corner of the Vogtland, also known as “Musicon Valley®”, you can experience the musical side of Saxony in various ways: e. g. during a visit to one of the over 100 show workshops for the production of musical instruments (woodwind and brass instruments, string instruments) or at the museum of musical instruments in Markneukirchen
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Ausstellungsräume der Richard Wagner-Staetten in Pirna. In der Mitte des Raumes steht ein Modell der Semperoper und an den Wänden hängen Bilder und Ausstellungsstücke aus dem Leben des Komponisten.© Wolfgang Gaertner / TMGS

DAY 3: DRESDEN - GRAUPA (18 KM)

Themed city tour with visit to the Kreuzkirche church and tour of the world-famous Semper Opera. Richard Wagner sites in Graupa: In 1846, the composer spent his summer holidays in today’s "Lohengrin house". At the hunting lodge you can see a permanent multimedia exhibition on the topic of “Richard Wagner and Saxony”, designed according to the latest museum criteria.
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Semperoper bei Sonnenuntergang© S. Rose Fotografie

DAY 3: DRESDEN - GRAUPA (18 KM)

Experience the “Kreuzchor” (Holy Cross Boys’ Choir), the Saxon State Orchestra, the State Operetta, a concert at the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)...

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