St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig

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Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Tour with Night Watchman Bremme

1. Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Tour with Night Watchman Bremme

The night watchman tour led by the night watchman Bremme® is one of the most popular tours of the old town of Leipzig. This historical figure is now a permanent feature of Leipzig’s nocturnal cityscape. In the late hours, the night watchman lights his lantern and leads you on a path through secluded places and dark alleys, past the most beautiful sights in Leipzig. If the hustle and bustle quietens down, your guide – in historical costume – will share exciting and curious stories from Leipzig’s past. Hear interesting stories about famous celebrities including Goethe, Schiller, and the infamous Mayor Romanus. During the tour, take a look at the Nikolaikirchhof, the Alte Nikolaischule, the old town hall, and the market with the old stock exchange.

Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

2. Leipzig: 1.5-Hour Historical Walking Tour

On this exciting walking tour you’ll discover interesting facts about Leipzig. Learn why the Central Train Station was made up of two halves, hear the interesting story about the fountains, discover how Greenlanders end up in Leipzig, and find out what is interesting about Shakespeare’s stockings. This tour is ideal for visitors who want to discover the city in an entertaining way. During the tour you’ll see the Opera House, the Gewandhaus concert hall, the university, the Mädler Passage, the Old Town Hall, and St. Thomas Church. Along the way your tour guide will recount anecdotes and legends from the city’s history.

Leipzig: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour in German

3. Leipzig: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour in German

Enjoy a guided walking tour through the city of Leipzig. Explore the famous sights of Leipzig's city center in a short amount of time. See the Augustus Square with the opera house, the famous Gewandhaus concert hall and the Nikolai Church, which was at the center of events around German Reunification in 1989. Walk through the modern Specks Hof arcade to the Naschmarkt Square and the Old Exchange. Directly opposite is the Mädler arcade and a bit further you find the historic restaurant Auerbachs Keller. See the Old Town Hall at the market square, one of the most beautiful renaissance buildings in Germany. Continue your tour and visit the tavern Barthels Hof. Enjoy the atmosphere on the most well-known street in Leipzig ‒ the so-called Barfußgässchen ‒ which is characterized by a variety of restaurants and pubs. The last highlight of this tour is the St. Thomas Church, home to the globally renowned St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig.

Leipzig: Old Town Guided Tour

4. Leipzig: Old Town Guided Tour

Meet your guide then set off on your sightseeing tour through Leipzig’s historical Old Town district. Start with a visit to St. Thomas Church, where the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach once worked. Continue the tour to the Zum Arabischen Coffeebaum next, one of the oldest coffee houses in Europe. From here, admire the magnificent bay windows at the popular Barthels Hof. Later, stroll through the bustling market where you can mingle with the locals going about their day. Pass by the magnificent Renaissance Town Hall as well as the historic Auerbachs Keller, the second oldest restaurant in Leipzig. There’s also time to stop at the Naschmarkt before ending the tour with a wander through some of Leipzig’s most charming passages and courtyards.

Leipzig: 3-Hour Sightseeing and Food Tour

5. Leipzig: 3-Hour Sightseeing and Food Tour

Take a tour of Leipzig and get to know the city through its food. Delight in a pinch of culture, smell the scent of fresh coffee, and be charmed by the tunes of talented street musicians while seeing the city's sights.  Stops on this tour include visits to Thomas and Nikolai churches, the market square, and detours through Leipzig's numerous arcades and interior oases. While in the arcades experience Leipzig's 500-year-old trade history that's accumulated a diverse array of influences on the city's food. During the tour try local foods at five to six different tasting stations.

Walking Tour Around Leipzig's Historic City Center

6. Walking Tour Around Leipzig's Historic City Center

Discover the historic and beautiful center of the German city Leipzig, on this informative walking tour. Leipzig's colorful past and lively present can be glimpsed everywhere in the city. Visit the busy market place with the Old Town Hall, St. Thomas‘s Church, St. Nicholas‘s Church and the Mädler Passage with its legendary restaurant, Auerbachs Keller. Each place will help you discover more about the diverse traditions, personalities and history of Leipzig. There have been many famous individuals who have spent time in or called Leipzig home. Renowned composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Mendelssohn, and Schumann, as well as the famous German writer and philosopher Friedrich Schiller have all left their musical and artistic mark on the city of Leipzig. Even today, Leipzig's international reputation as a music-city is closely intertwined with the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra. The great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe also studied poetry in Leipzig during the late 1760s. The presence of Goethe and all of Leipzig’s artistic geniuses has turned the city into one of Germany's true cultural strongholds. Leipzig was the starting point for the events that led to the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. You can visit the original locations of the uprising such as St Nicholas's Church as well as the once secretive headquarters of the secret police (Stasi).

Leipzig: Discover the City by Night (Tour in German)

7. Leipzig: Discover the City by Night (Tour in German)

Enjoy the atmospheric lights of the city on a guided tour through the center of Leipzig in the evening twilight. Embark on a night tour through the streets and passages of Leipzig, and hear curious and interesting stories. Fueled by some Leipziger Allasch (caraway liqueur), roam the dark alleys of Leipzig's Old Town and listen to many a gloomy story. See the Nikolaikirchhof, stroll across the big Market Square to the Old City Hall and admire the many Renaissance and Art Nouveau buildings.

Leipzig Old Town Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Leipzig Old Town Private 2-Hour Walking Tour

Explore the interesting old town of Leipzig on this private walking tour. Learn more about the history of the nearly 1000-year-old trade fair city. Look back at long-lasting traditions that are reflected in the buildings of the city. All German book publishers had an office in Leipzig – for this reason Leipzig is known as the “City of Books”. Many musicians lived and worked here, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Mendelsohn Bartholdy, and Robert and Clara Schumann. The buildings of the historical city center portray this vibrant mix and provide many interesting corners to discover. See old and new buildings from various periods of style directly next to one another. Discover the most beautiful sights in the city including the Market Square with the old town hall, the New City Hall, and St. Thomas Church with the Bach Monument. Stroll across Augustusplatz, admire the opera house and the Gewandhaus concert hall, and see the Museum Coffe Baum. Visit the former trade fair courtyards that provide character to the city.

Music in Leipzig – Bach, Wagner and the Thomanerchor

9. Music in Leipzig – Bach, Wagner and the Thomanerchor

Leipzig is much more than an old commerce and trade show town; it’s one of the musical capitals of Europe. World-famous musicians like Wagner, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Schumann lived and worked here. And in the registry of births you’ll find another name known around the world: Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig. The great musicians of the Gewandhaus, the singers of the St. Thomas Church Choir, and the professors of the conservatory continue to shape the incomparable musical life of Leipzig. Take a musical trip walking along the Leipzig Music Trail. You’ll gain knowledge about the musical museums, music history, and the cultural centers of St. Thomas Church, the opera, and the Gewandhaus. Find out more about the St. Thomas Church Choir, beloved far beyond Leipzig, and its 800-year history. On the way, hear the street sounds of an 18th-century city as well as pieces that Bach composed in Leipzig. In the St. Nicholas Church, note the bust of Bach during his first performance there in 1723.

Leipzig: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour - Explore Your Way

10. Leipzig: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour - Explore Your Way

Explore your way with this self-guided audio walking tour of Leipzig, one of Germany’s most charming cities. Walk at your own pace and spot must-see sights such as Leipzig Hauptbahnhof and the beautiful Leipzig Opera House. After downloading the MP3 audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), start your adventure with your audio device as your personal guide. Visit the monumental Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, the largest train station in Europe by floor area, and St. Thomas Church, the final resting place of the great musical genius Johann Sebastian Bach. Browse the Bach Archive and Museum, one of the premier collections of materials relating to the life and work of Bach. Marvel at the Museum of Fine Arts with its magnificent collection of Dutch and German masters such as Frans Hals and Lucas Cranach. Continue on to the Leipzig Opera House, Moritzbastei, New Town Hall, Market Square, Old Town Hall, St. Nicholas Church, and more. 

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What people are saying about St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2,382 reviews

The guided tour through the old town of Leipzig was very interesting, varied and completely entertaining. A lot of information about the history of the city from its origins to the present day, but in such a dosed amount that you don't get overwhelmed, but stay "on". The time frame was exactly as stated. Overall highly recommended!!

Highly recommended, whether you are a tourist or a resident of Leipzig. Our Mr. Bremme told exciting anecdotes from historic Leipzig without flooding us with boring dates. I too (although I've lived here for 10 years) was able to discover interesting new things in the alleys, passages and courtyards of Leipzig's city centre.

We walked around Leipzig learning about the story of the food and the places we were walking by. I loved the stories the guide told us and the food we had. Also ITs an amazing price for what you get :)

He did a very good job, told us some very nice stories about what it must have been like back in the day.

A really varied and interesting guided tour by Ms. Körner. Despite the heavy rain, we had a lot of fun.