Take a break from the sightseeing. It’s time to sip some delicious coffee and tea at Café Riquet. Housed in a beautiful art-nouveau building with twin elephant heads over its entrance, the cafe probably contributed to German literary giant Goethe’s impression of Leipzig as a “Little Paris”.
A must-try is the “Leipziger Lerche” pastry, a local speciality made with almond and apricot marzipan.
Go back in time at the Bach Museum
The Bach Museum has the distinct honour of being one of the oldest buildings in Leipzig as well as the former residence of the genius composer’s close friends, the Bose family. Here in the museum’s treasure room, the most exciting exhibits are the music manuscripts written by Johann Sebastian Bach himself. The sheets are so delicate that they can only be displayed for only a few months before they go back into storage.
Also on show are instruments used by Bach, like an organ, a violone and a viola d’amore designed by his close friend Johann Christian Hoffmann.
The Bach Museum is opposite St Thomas Church, the 13th-century Gothic church where Johann Sebastian Bach was the cantor. It has also been Bach’s burial place since 1950, with his ledger stone on the floor and his statue out front.
The renowned St Thomas choir performs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. After the concert on Sunday, there is a tour of the Baroque tower, which was completed in 1702. The St Thomas Church is also famous for being the place where Richard Wagner was baptised, and where 20 years before in 1789, Mozart played the organ.