have been a source of inspiration for music and art lovers for almost 250 years. The city’s musical history comes alive on a guided tour
of the third and only surviving Gewandhaus building in Leipzig, which was built in 1981.
The famous composer and pianist Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy once conducted in the first of the three Gewandhaus concert halls, which was originally the guildhall of the city’s cloth merchants – hence its name, which roughly translates as “cloth hall” – while Arthur Nikisch and Wilhelm Furtwängler performed in the second.
The initiative for the construction of the third and current Gewandhaus came from the Gewandhaus music director, Kurt Masur. With its impressive Great Hall, which seats 1,900 people, it was the only new concert hall to be built in the GDR.
A tour of this architectural gem will give you a fascinating insight into the world of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Meet great names in music history, admire the majestic Schuke organ and learn about the outstanding acoustics.
In the foyers you can marvel not only at Europe’s largest contemporary ceiling fresco, but also numerous paintings and sculptures.
Our tip: The Gewandhaus
is also ideal for a unique evening event to round off your conference or congress in Leipzig.