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Published: July 10th 2010
We arrive in Leipzig in late afternoon, rested a while, then went to the famous Auerbachs Keller for dinner, just as Goethe often did. Rubbing the left foot of the Faust statue outside the restaurant is said to bring good look. Eating at the restaurant definitely brings good food.
The next day we made a walking tour of Leipzig. The most interesting things in Leipzig are within relatively easy walking distance of one another.
Leipzig has long been a university town with resultant and connected cultural and intellectual interests. In the late 1600’s Gottfriend Wilhelm Leibniz was the co-inventor (with Isaac Newton) of calculus, and also made contributions to graph theory as well as philosophy. Goethe was provided a house in Leipzig and wrote Faust there. Students at the University have included Friedrich Nietzsche, Leibniz, Richard Wagner, and Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany, who studied physics).
However, perhaps the biggest contribution of Leipzig’s citizens has been in music. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has long been one of the world’s most famous orchestras. Mendelssohn spent most of his productive life in Leipzig, and Robert Schumann spent several years there with his wife Clara. But perhaps the most famous of
all was Johann Sebastian Bach, who long worked at the Thomaskirche.
In the late 80’s, the Nikolaikirche became the focus of peaceful protests that helped lead to the dissolution of the GDR and eventually reunification of Germany.
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